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Novecento Pasta & Grill

63 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM
Dinner:Monday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(310) 842-3838
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Giuseppe S.
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We can accommodate your catering needs please call for more details.
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Cross street
Culver Blvd.
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Parking details
Free for the first 2 hours. Also, valet parking is available at the corner of Culver and Main.
Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEric (Los Angeles)
3.0  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.

BeachGirl (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

Slangevar (San Francisco)
2.0  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.

vipKajR (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2013

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

Cheryl (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

vipDanishDelight (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on October 19, 2013

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  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.

Treme (New Orleans)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  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.

Adschwartz (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

vipajjt (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

vipBeing (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2013

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

mutt21 (Los Angeles)
4.0  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).

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  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.

vipScottMc (Los Angeles)
5.0  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!!