It is a decent restaurant for tasty, authentic Italian food. We had a tasting menu and everything was good enough to rival any proper restaurant in Italy. The quality of food was consistent and so was the service.
However, I would say this restaurant is far below the level of what is normally found in a one-star establishment. The tasting menu was supposed to be the chef's selection and would 'surprise' us, but what they delivered was a complete lack of imagination. There was very little design in the presentation, nor in the combination of ingredients. Not a single dish surprised me: artichoke soup, squid-ink linguine, pork cheeks... yawn. They stopped pretending to have any creative talent when they presented the selection of desserts: a chocolate mousse cake, a semifreddo, a panna cotta, and a scoop of ice cream! The tasting menu would be better named as Italian kitsch.
Overall, what can I say. I'm a visitor to LA and have very little idea about the local food scene. I have never dined in an Italian Michelin either. I would not say that the food is overpriced - you pay much more for this if you are actually in Italy; nonetheless, paying 90 dollars for six courses of Italian kitsch, however well-made they are, is not something I would normally do. If you are looking for good, authentic Italian food, go there. If you are, like me, looking for a culinary adventure, they you should probably try somewhere else.
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