The city of Rome serves as the inspiration for this design-driven Echo Park trattoria, which offers up crave-worthy antipasti, pizzas, and pastas in a magnificent wood-framed space with dark green banquettes. Chef Joel Stovall is an expert at preparing classics like Bucatini alla Carbonara—which proves that it only takes a few humble ingredients (in this case, guanciale, pecorino, and egg yolk) to create something that’s marvelously satisfying. But the menu offers a few unique surprises too, most notably the Focaccia Ebraica. Stovall’s take on Jewish pizza—a traditional specialty from Rome’s historic Jewish quarter that’s studded with nuts and dried fruit—adds currants, black olives, sea salt, and rosemary to the mix. Made fresh daily and served warm with melted butter, this sweet and savory dish sells out every day.