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Colori Kitchen
Colori Kitchen

Colori Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.colorikitchen.com
  • Phone: (213) 622-5950
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner

    Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Luigi Barducci Contessi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We have a large catering menu that can be customize based on the client necessity. We provide free utensils, and complimentary bread to all the order. Only take out.
  • Entertainment: Our staff will provide you with not only an excellent service but a unique experience.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th & Olive
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Colori Kitchen
Colori kitchen means family. The restaurant founded by chef Luigi barducci Contessi and his wife Paola offer two things that people can always count on: homemade good food and a welcoming and warmth atmosphere that make you feel at ease. You can walk in on a bit of a family drama sometimes, but that is juts the background for a culinary experience that leave you satisfy each time you visit. The menu offer classic Italian dishes like tagliatelle alla Bolognese and spaghetti al pesto, but it also offer a variety of daily special created personally each day by chef Luigi, such as the popular Cioppino or the succulent risotto with three kind of crab meat. In addition you cannot leave without trying at least one of the many desserts that are, like everything at Colori, made daily including all-time favorite like the Luigi’s cannoli together with innovative one like the Italian cheesecake. Like a family Colori offers consistency, try it once and you will come back.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant never fails us when dining in a small or large group. The service and food are amazing and the daily specials are fantastic."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I went with a group of friends and we almost tried everything on the menu. I highly suggest the lasagna ( a family recipe ) and the grilled calamari! To die for!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I decided to come here with a colleague for lunch. I was staying downtown and had never been here. I found it online. It is a small family run place. For lunch, the menu was not huge but had many delicious sounding items to choose from. The service was friendly and prompt. My colleague nor I eat much per sitting, but the food was so tasty, we nearly cleared our plates. I cannot comment on dinner as I have not seen the ambiance nor the menu for this time."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great urban neighborhood hot spot! Good food, great service and friendly warm welcome. One of my favorite local places!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a wonderful, congenial meal here the other night. Colori Kitchen is a small restaurant with top quality Italian fare. Our waiter was friendly and helpful and offered wonderful service. We started our meal with bread and a phenomenal garlic spread. There's no corkage at Colori so we brought two nice Chiantis to go with dinner. Appetizers were bruschetta and calamari- I particularly recommend the calamari! Our table ordered spaghetti with clams, mushroom risotto, penne with prawns and the pork chops. Everything was delicious and hearty- real comfort food. One note- the restaurant is rather loud so I wouldn't pick this place for dinner if noise level bothers you."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Colori Kitchen is wonderful. It's staff is friendly, moves quickly and efficiently, and the food is delicious and moderately priced! There are no pretenses here. Just a well loved family restaurant that is a pleasure to go to! May their success continue!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "If you drive by this restaurant, I don't think you would even consider this place.. Its a hidden gem!! We had a nice dinner before the theater."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Every time I have an event downtown I introduce new friends to this place and it never disappoints ! great food and atmosphere! bring your own wine and enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My gf and I had dinner here Saturday night. The staff was attentive and friendly despite being very busy taking care of a packed house on a Saturday night. We had reservations so only had a small wait while they cleared & cleaned our table. FYI, no corkage fee for the first bottle. They had the "Nonna's Lasagna" as their special and I took a chance and ordered it. I'm usually very picky with lasagna, I love my mom's so much that I'm usually disappointed when I order it at a restaurant. Not here...it was delicious and tasted just like Mom's. My gf ordered the spinach ravioli and that was an amazing dish as well. We finished off with a delicious cheesecake. Cheesecake can sometimes be too rich for my taste, not here, perfectly balanced."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I highly recommend this place. The food is wonderful, especially the grilled calamari appetizer. Even though they don't sell wine, they have no corking fee so be sure to bring your own bottles. Great place, great food, full of charm"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was real Italian food as found in Italy, not American pretend Italian. Best calamari we have ever had (not fried), especially well prepared encrusted fish with nice side orders especially grilled peppers, and perfectly done veal-mushroom ravioli. Very tasty and ample portions. A good blend of homemade and special. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This place is hard to find, as it is in the middle of a rather run down block with little signage which is not old and outdated. But it is worth the effort. The interior is relaxed and comfortable and the service friendly and responsive. The food was quite good, though perhaps not strictly authentic, and wonderfully flavorful and filling for the price."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Met some friends for dinner. It was a warm night and the place was packed. Food was terrific it was just so hot in there With the open kitchen and no air that I couldn't really enjoy my dinner. Maybe It was broken but next time I'll go in winter :)"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We had a great meal at Colori prior to going to a concert at Disney Hall. Entryway is a bit plain, inside is fun. Moderately priced and appetizers, salads and entrees all big enough to split. We had pork chops, which were perfect. If you plan to split, ask them to divide the entrée. Ours came on one plate and it was clumsy to divide it. Also, remember to bring your own wine."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I don't get what all the hype is about this place but I'm thinking it has something to do with the fact that it's byob? Food was mediocre at best. Calamari was gross. Pastas were decent, but nothing special. We also tried the black cod and salmon, but both were pretty bland and not really worth the $26 price tag. I'd say spend a bit more and go to a better Italian restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "My cousins had been raving about this place for months. They make their pasta fresh and their rich flavors are fantastic. I enjoyed their pasta and oh gosh, their cheesecake was incredible. It is a must! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Colori Kitchen was a mixed bag. The food was great, but there's room for improvement on the service/hospitality end of things. Our reservation was for a party of 4 and on our way the other couple called and said they were running very late and we should eat w/o them. There is an incomplete party policy here, and so we had to wait for a 2 top to open. Not a huge deal, but also easily remedied by splitting a 4top into 2 2tops, since they were all 2 tops pushed together. Just disappointing. Once we were seated the glass for my wine was pretty badly chipped (large chips that ran around 1/3 of the rim). It was replaced with apologies. Wrong entree was brought out for me. Overall, I think Colori Kitchen needs to work on catching the details. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great food, cute and friendless server, remember to bring your own wine. Definitely will go back. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "some of the best Italian food to be found in Los Angeles."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Good food, friendly staff - I wasn't blown away, but I walked away thoroughly satisfied with the price, the meal and the ambience. Solid."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Saturday night is typically really busy...a tribute to their excellent, amazing food. Bring your own libation and enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Neither the area or the outside cover is any way an indicator of the delight waiting for you upon entering this neighborhood GEM."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The only complaint I had was for the wait time. We had made a reservation but still had to wait 30 min to be seated. Their credit card machine was causing a bit of a hold up, but that would explain the wait we experienced that night. Otherwise, the pumpkin ravioli and the gnocchi was delicious. Oh, and the flan is a must. The best flan I've ever had. Service staff was friendly and cheerful despite the credit card hold up, and they were very warm to everyone. We will be back to try the other items on the menu."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Food is great and the prices are very reasonable for the quality. Also, BYOW which is awesome."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Freshly made pasta to die for. Love the free corking as well!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "If you want excellent traditional Italian food at a great price, this place has it! Up the street off Broadway, Maccheroni Republic has better fresh pasta, but this place is nearly as good with more variety. Both places you can bring your own bottle of wine and they do not charge corkage. This place is a DTLA must for all Italian food lovers!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. In fact, we love it so much I hesitate to write a review -- it is already busy enough. Truly, this restaurant is a neighborhood gem. With all the development downtown and all the new restaurants, one might imagine that Colori Kitchen would get some serious competition, but it's not even close. If you want microgastronomy or pan-global cuisine, or if you want a scene where you can stare at people rather than enjoy your food, this might not be your place. But if you are seeking an incredibly friendly, local, unpretentious restaurant serving fresh, homemade, delicious Italian food at reasonable prices, you've found the perfect fit. We could eat here every night."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Colori has been around the neighborhood for about 7 years now and it's still one of my favorite Italian restaurants. Food is always great, plenty of it and prices reasonable. The best part is it's BYO with no corkage."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This place is a very good neighborhood spot in DTLA. Bring your own bottle of wine or beer."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "It had been months since I was last there. But when people remember you, it becomes very nice. Thanks Greg. The menu including the specials great too. I love the hole in the wall feel - could be London or it could be Chicago but it's DTLA. GO THERE AND OFTEN."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food,Service,Ambience.. All outstanding. No corkage fee. They do not serve alcohol."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I love this place...the ambiance, Greg's (waiter) engergy and recommendations, and especially the calamari. Saturday night was extremely busy and loud. Success is showing by the number of people waiting for a table...recommend reservations via opentable site, never a problem."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "They are very welcoming as soon as you arrive. Considering the popularity of the restaurant as well as how crowded it can get, the service never faulted at any time. I never felt rushed as I enjoyed my dinner. They are very amicable and friendly. And the food is always amazing. No corkage fee either? Love it!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This restaurant is awesome. Would recommend to friends."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I just love this place, from the earthy but smooth chickpea spread on the complimentary bread to the creamy buttery inside of the burrata appetizer to the sweet tangy richness of Nonna's meat Lasagna (current special.) Man, I hesitate to really write this review as the place gets crowded enough Thu-Sat nights. Just kidding, they are that good, so the wait is worth it!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "This is the loudest place I've ever eaten. Food was good but we ate super fast to get out due to the piecing ear pain. The acoustics are terrible. I've eaten here on a week night and it wasn't as crowded so I thought it would be nice for a romantic dinner out. We had to shout to hear each other."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food. The special ravioli with veal and mushrooms was amazing."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "A little hole in the wall restaurant with great service, great food, reasonable prices, but admittedly loud. Would recommend this restaurant. Another plus is no corkage; however no wine glasses so be prepared to drink your fine wine in a glass or bring your own wine glasses (which we did in the past)."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food very much. It was very noisy, so it was hard to visit, but everyone seemed to be having a good time. Something to remember: they do not sell wine or alcohol, so bring your own!! Don't let the neighborhood scare you away."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Our go-to place for a great meal...delicious calamari and lasagna. Friendly and excellent staff! Martha"
    Dined on 1/25/2014