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About Novecento Pasta & Grill

Novecento Pasta & Grill is a traditional Italian restaurant located in Culver City, California. The kitchen uses only fresh, local ingredient and makes its pastas and sauces by hand, giving each dish a taste of the rustic. The menu at Novecento Pasta & Grill includes antipasti, salad and several choices for entrŽes, and is a good place to share a family-style meal.

Start your dinner at Novecento Pasta & Grill with grilled polenta and sausage or a classic Caesar salad. First courses feature a variety of pasta dishes, including ravioli della nona, gnocchi al pesto and penne alla vodka, while second courses feature grilled New York steak or chicken.

3837 Main St
Culver City, CA 90232
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, International

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM
Dinner:Monday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Cross Street:
Culver Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 842-3838

Website:
http://www.novecentopastagrill.com/

Catering:
We can accommodate your catering needs please call for more details.

Parking Details:
Free for the first 2 hours. Also, valet parking is available at the corner of Culver and Main.

Executive Chef:
Giuseppe S.

Additional:
Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Novecento Pasta & Grill Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

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3.7

service

4.0

ambience

3.5

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (100)
Romantic (32)
Fit for Foodies (28)
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Great for Lunch (22)
Special Occasion (19)
Kid-friendly (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Late-night Find (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2014

I got the Lamb chop special, undercooked, glad I ordered medium-well, too much gristle and not much flavor.
The ravioli that came with it were great, Others at the table enjoyed their Chicken Picata and Salmon
Nice wine, prices are reasonable, charming atmosphere, we were overwhelmed by the strong cheese odor when we entered.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2013

We had a great time at Novecento- service was excellent, food was great and enjoyed the house wines! We both ordered
Penne pasta with a ragu sauce and the portions were generous and we enjoyed the home-made taste. We loved not having to drive all over town and the atmosphere was friendly. We have dined here many times and will return in the near future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2013

I last went to Novecento years ago when it was a lovely, intimate little Italian restaurant. A lot seems to have changed. We made reservations on a weeknight and found the restaurant packed, and not in a good way. The tables were crowded and badly arranged; everyone was aware of their neighbor. The lights were too bright, the noise too loud and the service seemed harried and unprepared. Most importantly, it seemed like the food quality has dipped. The wine list was very basic and many of the dishes were cooked with soybean oil rather than olive oil (which is more expensive). We'd asked before booking since one of our diners has a soy allergy, but didn't find out the truth until we ordered. Until they pull it together, I'd give Sotto a try.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2013

A Culver City gem! We came here for our first date 15 years ago, and still love the place!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2013

Our entire family went to the restaurant before the theater. We loved the food, the service was good and the price very reasonable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2013

Decent italian food and a good standard variety on the menu.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2013

First glass of wine that I ordered was poured from a bottle that was obviously open too long b/c it tasted flat and like vinegar, so I sent it back. 2nd glass (Riesling) was very nice so I ordered 2 of those. I actually don't remember the two entrees that we ordered, which doesn't say much for the taste. Maybe I just ordered the wrong dishes, because I do remember that the ambiance of the restaurant was really nice, vibrant, and a welcome addition to the Culver City area which seems to be overrun with gastropubs and other pub-fare places to eat. Overall I would give this another chance based on the service and ambiance, but order something different. Based on that would determine whether I'd recommend it to someone else.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 13, 2013

Best Italian Food in Los Angeles! Been going there for 15 years. I live in New Orleans and make an annual trip each July for my birthday. Wouldn't miss it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2013

Culver City has a lot of great places to eat outside. This is one of them. The dish I chose was not exactly to my liking but great ambiance.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 7, 2013

Took a date to a b-day dinner here and it was the best Italian place I've been to in the Culver area so far. Big portions. We shared an antipasta and the ravioli, which was absolutely amazing, and that was more than enough for us, especially with the awesome bread and olive oil topping that was brought out. They gave us an incredible dessert afterwards, which was completely unexpected. All in all, had a great experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2013

Nice food and staff in the heart of downtown Culver City. My husband raves about their pescatore--well cooked, not over-cooked and nicely seasoned.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2013

Wonderful service @ lunchtime for a group of 5. Very tasty dishes! Will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2012

Very good Italian food, definitely tasted unique (in a good way) vs. the typical run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant. Service was incredibly friendly, and you could tell there were a few regulars there. The food came out surprisingly quickly, but it was delicious nonetheless.

Relatively small venue, and parking seemed like it would be an issue, but we went on NYE and found parking right out front and were seated immediately (even w/o mentioning the reservation).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2012

Novacento used to be run by people who cared about the food. Sadly, it seems that the restaurant is on auto-pilot now. The wait staff is friendly and efficient, but the food, well, the food is only OK and not to the standards that had been set by this restaurant in its earlier years. For an Italian place that is in Culver City and run by people who care about what goes on the plate you might try Brunello Trattoria on Washington. I would have gone there this day, but it was closed for the Holidays.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2012

Went here before we saw TWISTED DICKENS by 2nd City. This was a great night of fun and food. Found this on open table and it really is a gem. Small, Xmas tree hanging upside down Interesting ambience. Highly recommended. Only minor problem is waiter king if forgot us when a person of note had dinner also.

We will be back!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2012

Novecento is a really good family-owned Italian restaurant. Consistently good food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2012

Excellent service & food. Very accommodating staff. Very plain atmosphere. Would definitely return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2012

wonderful and authentic Italian food. avoids the 'americanization' of Italian dishes - stays true to the flavors and textures of the original. pasta is properly cooked and the marinara sauce is delectable. i loved the fusilli with italian sausage. my colleagues enjoyed their plates as well. Deserts were full and rich. Service was warm and attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 5, 2012

Had a lovely dinner at Novecento. The food was very good and tasted very homemade and the wine very good for the pricepoint. Service was also excellent. Would definitely go back and recommend to a friend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 19, 2012

Despite the fact they take 900pm reservations and I arrived 15 minutes early, I was refused service.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2012

It was nice, but not exceptional. The main plus was that it was quiet enough to carry on a conversation, in contrast to the nearby establishments on Main Street.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2012

The food was excellent, the service was great. Nice, small place, great ambiance. Will definitely return.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2012

We've eaten @ Novacento since it opened. It was good then & is even better now!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2012

A pleasant suprise. We couldn't get into a restaurant next door and booked (and got a table with open table) in just a minute. Food was really good and priced reasonable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 15, 2012

Excellent service as usual, but was a little dissapointed in the Pasta Pescatori entre - seafood was overcooked and marinara sauce was rather bland (needed garlic and other seasoning). Fresh fish dishes were good - Cod and Halibut at $21 each. The bread on table is usaully awesome, but it was cold and a little too sweet and the pesto topping also lacked flavor. It was a very nice touch to recieve the gift of the little tiramisu pudding for our anniversary guests.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2012

My family had a great meal here. The five of us all enjoyed our meals and the service was great! We will definitely go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 27, 2012

Good location to explore downtown Culver City

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2012

Good, not great Italian food. Waiter was attentive and service was good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2012

My chicken was undercooked rubbbery and douced in oily wine sauce with un-cooked garlic. when i sent the plate back for plain spaghetti, they charged me 7 dollars for it.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 29, 2012

Great Food, great service, reasonable prices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 16, 2012

3 of the 4 of us were immediately happy with our choices. One person ordered a pasta dish w/meatballs which came cold. A quick trip back to the kitchen and they were returned hot and tasty. If you like Olive Spread tampenade, you'll love what they bring out ASAP. Otherwise, you can also ask for bread and olive oil dip. The shrimp pasta special was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 26, 2012

One of my favorite places in downtown Culver City. Supre friendly staff. Great food. House made pasta is AMAZING.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 17, 2012

I originally choose this spot because of the moderate noise level which was important to me on a first date. The staff was very professional and waited on us without hovering. But best of all the food and wine were excellent!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2012

place was suprisingly empty for a Fri night- Culver City is normally packed. Smell when you 1st come is in of aged cheese but if you don't know that, might be a little off setting at 1st. the dip for the foccocia is amazing

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2012

nice, reliable Italian restaurant; better than average food

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 21, 2012

We arrived early for our reservation, were told it would be a 5 minute wait, and then were seated 25 minutes later. I was really excited to try the polenta and the gnocchi, due to reviews, fact that they are some of my favorite foods, and they were the main reason we chose this restaurant. They were out of BOTH! We ended up getting the Insalata Caprese, the well-reviewed Ravioli Della Nona and the Pollo al Limone e Capperi. Neither of us were impressed by our entrees and the Caprese was the highlight of the meal (not saying much). I'd like to give the place another shot, in hopes I can try the polenta and gnocchi, but mostlikely, I'd choose other restaurants over this one where I know I'm guaranteed to have quality food & service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2011

We are so happy to have Novecento in our neighborhood. This very friendly staff has been consistent with service & quality for years.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2011

We wanted a quiet place to have an early dinner on New Years Eve, and Novecento fit the bill. There were a few families there, but the kids were quiet and the food was pretty good (not like the most amazing ever, but still pretty good.) Menu is small but it really looked like there was something for everyone.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2011

typical New York Italian atmosphere. Lots of people, a very nice outdoor , enclosed patio. owner was there and very gracious. Food good but not outstanding.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2011

Next time I'm in the mood for Italian, real Italian, I won't go here.

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