WHY Because you can snack on squid-ink tagliolini and romanesco pizza at 3:30 in the afternoon.
WHAT This casual spinoff of Piccolo in Venice may be a lot less expensive, but it has the same authentic culinary bent—think veal tongue in tuna sauce and baccala-filled ravioli. An upmarket pizza list of sauced and unsauced varieties includes toppings of roasted butternut squash and tuna crudo. There’s a gluten-free crust, too. Choose the vibrant, noisy dining room or the cool leafy patio to enjoy your meal.
WHO Young and not so young professionals, sometimes with their kids.
Region: West of the 405
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Features: Dinner, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Patio Dining
Price Range: $10-$16, $17-$24
Cuisine Type: Italian