Cento Pasta Bar
After attracting a cult following for his lunchtime pasta pop-up in downtown, chef Avner Levi opened his first brick-and-mortar restaurant in West Adams. Levi—who cut his teeth at Sotto, Superba Snack Bar, and Bestia—whips up regional Italian fare with unexpected (yet highly welcome) Middle Eastern touches: chicken liver smeared on grilled bread with aged balsamic; a fistful of perfectly al dente spaghetti crowned with buttery uni, burrata, and Persian saffron; rich, earthy, beet-dyed spaghetti with ricotta and brown butter; and tender, cedar-smoked salmon with pickled cabbage. Finish it all with a drink from Cento’s brand-new, Persian-inspired cocktail list, a nod to Levi’s roots. Although the spot sits on a lively stretch that includes several restaurants and a boutique hotel, there’s a sense of privacy when you step into Cento Pasta Bar’s idyllic outdoor dining patio, partially screened by a row of trees with 360-degree views of an open chef kitchen.
How to book: Reservations are available online.