H.o.P. strikes again! We had a late dinner at Angelini Osteria which my brother described as “good solid Italian food.” Much of the wait staff seemed to be Italian which I’ve usually found to be a telling sign of a deliciously authentic Italian restaurant. The restaurant is not very big, but there is a small outside seating area which is perfect for a summer dining al fresco. Unfortunately from what my brother said, there is usually always a wait even when you have a reservation, so we ended up waiting about 20 minutes or so. Once we got seated, we immediately ordered a couple different appetizers for all of us to share.
It is a little disappointing, but the 2 most interesting appetizers we ordered happened to be the 2 dishes which did not turn out as clearly in pictures. The dish on the left is soft-shell crab dish. I can’t recall exactly what it is called in Italian, but the soft-shell crab is deep-fried and served with a mix of lettuce and radicchio. I really enjoyed the flavors and preparation. I also liked the grilled octopus even though I’ve probably had better preparations elsewhere. I think they might have left it a little too long on the grill, because the octopus was blackened a little too much. However, at least, the octopus wasn’t chewy. In fact, I think it was cooked to the right point before it would have given me a jaw ache.
The best part, in my opinion, of any steamed mussels dish is the broth in which it is served. If it’s really tasty, I dunk every last bit of bread in it and slurp the rest. In this instance, the broth was kind of unique tasting. It was a mix of garlic and different herbs, but I’m not sure what else. It was flavorful, for sure, but I don’t think it’s the best I’ve had.
I ordered the risotto with mixed seafood, which may not be a surprise for you regular readers, but I would have ordered the Trofie alla Riviera if both my sister and sister-in-law already didn’t order it. The risotto was good, but there was something a little off in the flavors. I’m not sure what it was, but I found myself eating more off my sister’s plate. The Trofie alla Riviera is a short spiral pasta served with shrimp, cherry tomatoes, and spinach. This was probably my favorite entree of the bunch. The spiral pasta wasn’t the kind of pasta that I was expecting. Instead of being something like screw pasta, it kind of looked like spaetzle which I found really interesting. The tomato-based sauce was delicious and the shrimps were well-cooked. The dish overall was really good.
The duck breast was good. The meat is not the most tender I have had, but it was pretty well-cooked. The spinach was a little bit soggy and probably could have used a little more flavor.
The desserts were okay. On the left is the Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries. It was a little softer in texture than I would have liked, more like a flan, but the berry mixture was pretty good. On the right, is the Semifreddo al Caffe with Chocolate Sauce. I don’t recall ever having eaten this before, but I really liked it. The consistency was interestingly somewhere in between a coffee-flavored ice cream and cheesecake.
Overall, I thought this restaurant was pretty solid. There were some really stand out dishes like the Soft-Shell crab appetizer and Trofie alla Riviera, but generally speaking, the food was all pretty tasty.
7313 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
PAFO Ratings for Angelini Osteria:
Price 3½ stars
Ambiance 3 stars
Food 4 stars
Overall rating 3½ stars