In our top ten!
We love Vincenzo's! We dine out frequently (high end, low end, foodie, traditional, etc.) and this place is in our top ten. It is intimate, the staff are wonderful -friendly and attentive, and the food is fresh, and consistantly fabulous. Our most recent dinner was, once again, fantastic! Appetizers included the clam and mussel soup in a wonderful rich tomato-based broth, with homemade toasted crostini to break up and soak in the soup, beef carpaccio with arugula amd shaved parmesan (great flavor), and white beans with grilled shrimp and lemon. Entrees were the thinly sliced, perfectly seasoned, grilled rib steak on delicate fresh greens, orecchiette (perfection) and flavorful and tender grilled rack of lamb. Homemade lemon tiramisu!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of our favorite spots
One of our favorite spots to dine on our own and also bring out of town guests.
The pasta is wonderful and the atmosphere is very warm welcoming.
Looking forward to our next visit....
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Vincenzo's brings Italy to SaMo
This is a nice yet unassuming tablecloth restaurant with personalized service and excellent linguini ala vongole, just like in Italy. It's not the most economical place in the world, but Montana Avenue is a high-rent district, so one must expect these things.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service was great. Meatballs were perfect.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best! The best!
Vincenzo always hits his marks when it comes to his food, his service, his hospitality and his selection of wines. In my estimation, dinner here cannot be beat anywhere in LA. Always pure delight to dine here!
5/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visit Italy in Santa Monica
Vincenzo's was the perfect place to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food was outstanding and reminded us of the meals we had in Venice. The special burrata appetizer was complemented with prosciutto and perfectly-dressed wild arugula. My husband ordered the Orecchiette con Salsiccie, a homemade ear-shaped pasta with Italian sausage in a red sauce that was slightly spicy and extremely delicious as well as being a great fit with our Italian red wine. I ordered the Branzino, the house-special, which was boneless, delicate and seasoned perfectly with olive oil and lemon. For dessert, we had a creamy, flavorful chocolate mousse. This is a first-rate family-run dining experience. Needless to say, we will be going back to Vincenzo.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have dined here several times and never had a bad meal or experience. Relax and enjoy.....
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
vincenzo's is one of the few
vincenzo's is one of the few small, chef-run restaurants in santa monica that is notable for its food and charm - not any of-the-moment glitz-factor. it's been there for years, has a quiet, low-key atmosphere, and vincenzo is always present, overseeing the food and service. the food is a california nuanced version of italian: no heavy red sauces or thick layers of cheese. instead, dishes are a combination of flavors - each individually discernable and the whole is as good as the parts. the restaurant is most like the small, well-appointed and well-run neighborhood-favorites with excellent food that dot NYC's good neighborhoods.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
True Italian cuisine!
A small old style restaurant with unbelievable food! From the buffalo mozzarella with arugula to the porcini risotto to the grilled shrimp. Everything was delicious and service was outstanding. But make sure you make a reservation. Seating is limited and you will be turned away. And you will not want to miss this dining experience!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
a small gem
in every way, Vincenzo was perfection. From chef V describing the specials, to the presentation of outstanding food, and especially the quiet.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Montana Ave. has several excellent dining places , this one is our favorite. We've come in for years and are never disappointed. We've brought friends or small groups and they too have been happy.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian Food in Los Angeles
Vincenzo's offers the best Italian food in Los Angeles, bar none. The pasta dishes are exquisite and cooked to perfection. The sauces and gravies are authentic and delicious. My only desire is that they would offer a few other protein options in their specials as they are heavily reliant on veal, which I don't eat but have heard it's marvelous! Run don't walk to this gem on Montana.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent in all respects!
A lovely evening in every respect! Relatively small space but the tables weren't too close together, so you didn't feel crowded (I really dislike restaurants like that) - very warm and intimate but private too.
The servers all were excellent - very attentive and knowledgeable. The Chef came out twice to ask how we liked everything, a genuine, delightful man. All the food was delicious from start to finish. Creative, savoury - just so tasty. We all got something different, to sample as many dishes as possible, and all of our dishes (4 of us) were 5 star. We will definitely return when we next visit.
We have dined at a number of what I think are the best restaurants in the Santa Monica area, and this one deserves to be right at the top.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy and Intimate
A small restaurant that serves tasty food in a homey manner.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM