Downtown version just as good
Living in the Palisades Highlands, we've been fortunate to have Casa Nostra as our local Italian gem: always delicious, reasonably priced, gracious service. The downtown location carries on the tradition in a more modern, upscale setting. There's lots of competition in the area, but I doubt you can find an Italian restaurant downtown with a better QPR (qualtity-to-price ratio).
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the Italians and their food
How refreshing to find an Italian Restaurant that is Italian-owned and service by Italians. Loved the food and wine and the staff. I will go there again and I live in South Bay.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I stumbled upon this location
I stumbled upon this location downtown and decided to give it a try. They have only been open for a few months but seem to have it together. The wine, salad and pasta were all excellent. I would have given five stars but I thought the pizza was good but not great. The service was very attentive and friendly. I will definitely return.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Staples Center Favorite
We have been coming here since the restaurant opened. Very friendly and caring staff. Reasonably priced Italian food with a willingness to modify dishes. We go out of our way to visit when we are near Staples Center.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Two thumbs up!
Great food and even better service! Definitely one of my new favorite [Italian] spots in downtown!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
THE MENU SELECTION IS SOLID
THE MENU SELECTION IS SOLID WITH PLENTY OF GOOD SPECIALS TO CHOOSE FROM THE SERVICE AND ATTENTION WE RECEIVED WAS EXTREMLY PLEASANT AND INVITING THE WINE LIST IS GOOD AND THE FOOD IS SIMPLY GOOD, I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS AS A GREAT PLACE FOR PASTA, SALADS AND GOOD BASIC ITALIAN/CONTINENTAL FOOD IN A SMART PRETTY YET CASUAL ENVIRONMENT
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't over look this place ...
Food was excellent service was excellent can't wait to go back again. Everyone was welcoming and the food was outstanding
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great addition to downtown LA
Place changed ownership recently and everything is much improved. Food was very good especially the dover sole. Service was attentive and friendly. Enjoyed having the option to eat out doors in a garden type setting.
8/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
On my 4th visit to this lovely restaurant I took my super foodie friend for her birthday and she was wowed! Handmade tortellini with shaved truffles was a rich and glorious way to escape from the office on a sunny Friday afternoon. Two hour validated parking made it convenient as well. The staff go above and beyond to make the dining experience exceptional. The tiramasu that ended the meal was divine. All the way around this is a classy and enjoyable experience. Marco and Giovanni only add to the pleasantry.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dine Here on Quiet Evening
Seemed like a very nice place, however there were many people, large dinner parties and two nearby concerts. So, our meals were good, but overall experience could have been better. However, all staff were apologetic and managed as best as possible. We will return, as this restaurant and their menu seems promising!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casa Nostra pre concert dining
This was our second visit to Casa Nostra, this time a 5pm dinner before the4 Steely Dan concert at Nokia.
As before, we were greeted warmly, and promptly seated at the table of our choice. We brought our own wine
which was graciously opened and served and had appetizers, dinner and a little desert. Our waitress was
a delightful young French woman who steered me towards a delicious Chicken Piccata when I asked for a tip.
The four of us all felt the food and service was top notch. When we were done, we were served a plate of mini biscotti
and a glass of desert wine (Moscato, I believe), compliments of the house. We have no special standing at this restaurant,
and do not know anyone affiliated with it. They just know good service.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
top notch Italian every time
Every meal I have here has been great. Service on point. Food great. Really well done!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing real Italian Food
Every time I go to this restaurant I am reminded of my time spent in Italy. The food is wonderful and prepared like you were in Italy. The freshest ingredients and the pasta is all made fresh and it shows. I highly recommend the place for Lunch or Dinner.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
so happy to have found this gem.. great service, great food - highest quality ingredients, complex sauces and many specials. The second time was every bit as good as the first.
8/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Neighborhood gluten free gem
I went for a business meeting and was thrilled to see gluten free pasta choices. Probably the best gluten free pasta I have ever had! Great wine list - reasonably priced. Not the most interesting atmosphere inside but food is worth it!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow, this was great
I had family in town for my sister's wedding, and everyone wanted to go out the night before. I am not too familiar with the downtown scene, so looked up reviews to find a place. My grandmother had asked for Northern Italian.
Upon arrival, the service was amazing. Parking was not hard. Everyone was super friendly and that extremely Italian way. They seated us in a corner booth, which my family was very happy about.
Everyone really loved their meals, which were wonderful and filling. We got a round of deserts that were to die for, including imported gelato.
This truly is a magical little place downtown. I would suggest it to anyone looking for something in the area. It is walking distance to LA live.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best hidden secret
I decided to try this place and I have back several times since. The whole staff is wonderful! Be back again bringing different people to experience this hidden secret.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great! Wonderful new addition
Great! Wonderful new addition to the Italian fare here in DTLA!
9/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and service
Casa Nostra serves indigenous Italian cuisine. Service was great and the only drawback is that the restaurant is a bit loud. The food was awesome.
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
I took a client to lunch.
I took a client to lunch. We sat outside. It was not particularly crowded. We had lots of attention, the food was delicious and we both would definitely return AND recommend the restaurant to others.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Service
This is the third time I've been to Casa Nostra and its just keeps getting better. The food is delicious - I love the Beet Salad, Salmon and Tiramisu. The service is very attentive. They treat you like family (a nice family). I'll be back. Thanks Casa Nostra for a great evening out with friends and family!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved everything about this place! Food, service, atmosphere....the whole place is perfect. Extra bonus - we went there before a concert at Staples Center and they validated our parking for the whole evening. Love that. Will definitely return.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden little treasure
First time to Casa Nostra. I've been to the location when it used to be Magnolia and several iterations prior to that. Food was really good. Wait staff is genuine and helpful. Portions were the right size and flavorful. If you are looking for something a little off the beaten track this is worth a look.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went here with my wife before a concert at Staples Center. We were aware it happen been open for 5 or 6 months. The service was outstanding and authentic Italian staff. The food was very good - not off the charts. We had a great time and enjoyed the experience tremendously. It was a weekday night. The bar was crowded. The dining area not so much. But I would definitely recommend it.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cioppino was fabulous!
We really loved the whole experience at Casa Nostra. Our waiter was a little busy for a Wednesday night, so the owner came by to help us and we chatted with him quite a bit. I had the Cioppino and my husband had the filet - we both really loved the meals. The tomato based broth in the cioppino was so tasty! And lots of fish. We enjoyed ourselves because we had everything we wanted (from attentive service) yet we didn't feel interrupted in our conversation. They really do a great job.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Great Service
Casa Nostra was a very pleasant experience. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the environment was lively but not overly loud. The staff was very hospitable and the owner was involved to make sure everything was perfect. Be sure to try some of the fine Italian wine!
oh yeah - parking was easy and free in the adjacent parking garage!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Italian Hidden in DTLA
Got here late for a pre-theater dinner -- the staff was extremely helpful getting us seated and served so that we could bolt and still make it to the Ahmanson on time. My only regret was not having time to order any of the appetizers. We'll definitely be back with more time to enjoy this new find. Parking couldn't be easier, btw -- it's free and just steps away in the TCW Bldg.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We met our friends there for dinner, and for the most part, it was good. However, they could certainly improve on their dessert and the menu (childish photos...reminds of you of the old Bob's Big Boy!)
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious. The best Calamari Fritti I ever had. The only problem was a lack of communication between the front and
the back of the house. My husband and I entered through the front door, a little later than anticipated due to traffic. I asked the hostess if the rest of our 10 people party were there, she advised no, so we went to the bar. After 10 minutes, we called our friends only to discover that they were in the back of the restaurant the entire time. They entered through the back and were seated. The hostess should have been told my party had arrived.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best LA secret
Great italian food with a wonderful friendly staff. Service with a smile,
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time and the service
First time and the service and food were excellent. Also, free parking which you can't beat for downtown. Prices are very reasonable.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food near Staples
Was going to a concert at staples and wanted a restaurant near by that was reasonably priced and had good food. Casa Nostra filled the bill compleatly! The service was great. food was yummy and prices were good! I will definitely be coming back!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great evening and this was the starting point. Great food, wait staff was very attentive and authentic. Great find for those going to Staples Center, I highly recommend this place!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Anniversary Dinner
My boyfriend and I wanted to have a nice night out for our anniversary, and we went to Casa Nostra. I can't imagine a better choice! We found it on Yelp, looking up Italian restaurants downtown. One positive was its convenient location a few blocks from the Metro/7th station (we use public transport). Once we got there, it was all great. Our food was absolutely delicious (recommended: the tortellini di zucca and squid ink pasta) and service was impeccable. Not only did we get the expected service (water, bread, menus etc.) in a very timely manner, but multiple people came by throughout to check on us. Also, most of the employees are Italian! Authentic, and very friendly. Inside has music so is louder, but outside has a more intimate feel.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great evening Casa Nostra
The food and service are always fantastic. I go to Casa Nostra several times a month. Try the Tiramisu!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local Italian Goodie
I live in NY and LA and when I am in LA I come here once a week as it is close to my apartment and office. The food and staff are always top notch and it is a simple yet good experience all the time.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian Cuisine
The food at Casa Nostra Downtown is very authentic Italian cooking. Very flavorful sauces and even the salad was special.
I think I enjoyed my Italian meal here better than at any other Italian Restaurant in Downtown LA.
I will be back.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great find!
A perfect meal. One of the most memorable Italian dinners in years. So happy to have found this restaurant which I will now return to as soon as possible.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This Gem, is place with amazing food. Great service and wonderful vibe!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
All great except one issue!
We were told it is happy hour when we asked the hostess but when seated, we were denied the offer since we were seated in the dining area! They also missed my request about celebrating my niece's birthday.
However, the server was courteous and made up by offering a couple of free drinks that we really enjoyed.
Food was excellent.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A good find!
This restaurant has had various names and owners in the past. We were reluctant to try it once again, but were pleasantly surprised. The food was very good. The server was courteous and helpful. A great restaurant for before a Staples or L.A. Live event. We'll be back!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went 2x on our short trip
Loved the servers. Food was fresh and tasty. I had the pesto pasta and Caesars salad and it was wonderful. My husband had the chicken pram and also loved it. Worth the trip. Cozy atmosphere!,
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
An excellent restaurant if you are downtown for lunch or dinner. The food is excellent, the wine list superb and reasonably priced and the staff were gracious, accommodating and attentive.
I have had dinners at their restaurant in Pacific Palisades which is always been top-notch. I am extremely pleased that they have a comparable restaurant downtown.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love the pasta - the orecchiette with mushrooms was so delicious! I tried polenta for the first time, had to look up what polenta is and I LOVED it. It was unforgettable, thinking about returning for the polenta - if parking/ getting there wasn't a hassle for me.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Italian at its best
Food was fabulous AND they offer guten free pasta dishes.....YAY....and delicious as well. Owner makes sure everyone is happy. Check it out! You will not be disappointed.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
a GREAT Surprise
We went to Casa Nostra before a concert @ the Staples center. The food was authentic and excellent. We were welcomed in with warm Italian greetings. Parking in the TCW building was validated by the restaurant, so we didn't have to pay for event parking.
The only down side to our dining experience at Casa Nostra ,was we were seated in the tented enclosed front patio section that had "0" ambience.. Next time ,I will request inside seating which has much nicer ambience.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
There was 4 of us going to a Lakers game so found this place on open table. Great hospitality-- they remembered the birthday request I submitted for our guest, the booth was a great corner location, food very good, and wine very nice. They were timely, friendly, & courteous, I would definitely be going here again.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Authentic Italian Food
Delicious food, efficient and friendly service that doesn't interrupt your conversations. Would definitely come back!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Italian restaurant
Went to Casa Nostra on a Saturday night before a concert at the Nokia center. Great interior with high ceilings and a modern feel. Not a cheap trying to loolk Itialian but clean and modern. We where greeted warmly and shown right to our table. The server was nice enough.
I had a lobster pasta special it looked great and had plenty of flavor. The chunks of lopbster where plentiful and succulent.
My wife hade the ravioli and it was really good. lots of great flavor.
We had the burnt creme for desert and it was delicous!
It seemed that there was plenty of staff around to make sure things went smooth and it was overall a great italian experience.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great -- the pasta was amazing and a perfect portion size!
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM