Restaurants & Bars 2

Giovanni Trattoria

Bob S II | Apr 13, 2003 11:18 PM

A friend implored me to try this little, unpretentious place in a strip mall on Venice Boulevard (at Clarington) in Culver City.

Based on the appearance from the street I did not expect much but was I surprised! Excellent treatment of old stand-bys and old war horses like chicken marsala and chicken parmigiana. Across the board excellent pastas and very, very good thin crust pizza.

As was posted by someone else in 2000, some of the best ravioli I've had in Los Angeles.

Nothing is over-sauced which (to me) is the error made by most Americans interpreting Italian food. Thus, though tomato can be seen it is not necessarily the first or overwhelming taste one gets. This was true in the pastas and the pizza.

Note that this is a very simple restaurant run by Italians trying to authentically offer food from primarily southern Italy. Very modest ambience and no wine or liquor license but your wine is welcomed. Trader Joe's is down the street or stop at the Wine House on Cotner and bring a better bottle.

For "neighborhood" dining this is a find.

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