L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
World-renowned Italian Neapolitan pizzeria L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele arrives in Los Angeles spring 2019. The first U.S. location of the historic pizzeria featured in the film Eat Pray Love, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele is located in the space which once held Hollywood’s beloved Café Des Artist...
This is not the kind of pie shop where you just walk in and order up a slice of whatever’s hanging out on a circular pan. In fact, it’s more than a pie shop, it’s one of the best Italian spots in town, dishing out legendary pizzas that trace their roots to 1870 in Naples—with the original location even making a cameo in Eat, Pray, Love. You’ll find the same tightly treasured recipes and daily-imported ingredients at their first US outpost, which also features a large, plant-laced patio, plus an expanded menu of pies with Spicy Diavola, Arugula and Prosciutto, and Truffle options, in addition to classic Marinara and Margherita. You’ll also find outstanding pasta dishes, stellar shareables, and desserts that you should absolutely save room for. A robust list of wines are available by the bottle or glass, as well as a selection of craft cocktails.
How to book: Make reservations online.
This over 150-year-old pizzeria that was originally founded in Naples is a tucked-away gem in the heart of Hollywood that instantly transports you to Italy with century-old family recipes made with imported Italian ingredients. In addition to pizza dishes like their Caserta with basil, rapini, Italian sausage, and Calabrian chili, they serve classics like Cacio e Pepe and Branzino. The restaurant has a cozy feel, with two fireplaces, comfortable seating, and is open late (until midnight) for those dates you don’t want to end.
How to book: online or by calling 323-366-2408 between 10 am–6 pm; Bar area available for walk-ins.
Tied with tacos for the potentially best Christmas Eve dinner ever is probably pizza, which you’ll find plenty of here at this internationally acclaimed Italian spot that will be open on Christmas Eve. In addition to its signature Neapolitan pies, L’antica will also be offering a FeastoftheSevenFishes-inspired special pasta—a spicy arrabbiata di mare, made with branzino, scallops, calamari, shrimp, clams, and mussels. And you can feel good extra good about ordering it since the restaurant willdonate$10ofeach special pasta sold to the South Central LA youth-focused nonprofit A Place Called Home. Bonus: You can get it all to go.
Dine-in details: A la carte pricing varies. Open from 11 am to 11 pm on December 24.
How to book: online.
Takeout details: Order via ChowNow, the restaurant’s website, or by phone at 323-366-2408.