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Alimento is a creative and soulful Italian restaurant from chef and owner Zach Pollack. Located in L.A.'s historic Silver Lake neighborhood on a bustling corridor of shops and restaurants adjacent to the famous reservoir, the food at Alimento draws inspiration from Italy's regional traditions while not adhering too strictly to them. Carefully sourced ingredients from local artisans and growers feature prominently among the menu's selection of small plates, pastas, and large platters designed for sharing. The food is complemented by an eclectic wine list showcasing lesser-known varietals and hard-to-find wines from small producers (many of which are organic and/or biodynamic), and by a rotating selection of microbrews from the U.S. and Italy.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
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Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Alimento Ratings and Reviews
I had a surprising experience here. We dined here from out of town on family recommendation. My husband enjoyed his meal, saying it was pretty good, but not great (soup, salad and pasta). There was only one thing on the menu they would serve me because they would not accommodate my gluten and dairy free diet that I stick to due to food sensitivities. They would not leave the anchovies (which I regretably don't like) out of the salad, so that omitted that option too. Nor would they just make me a plain side salad or anything. Since there was one option I could eat, I was not upset about that. What was offputting was that the server treated me like I was a pain in the butt for asking for modifications and she acted like a snob the whole time . (The manager was much kinder but she could not offer anything different). Well I guess business is so good that they don't have to worry about their customer service. I have traveled all over the country and world, eating in Michelen star to third world shack restaurants and this is one of the only times I've had a place not make minor adjustments for food sensitivities or allergies or been able to select a vegetable dish off the menu that didn't require modification. We just got back from 3 weeks in Italy and it wasn't difficult there in any of the regions we visited. If you don't have any dietary restrictions, you'll probably like the food here.
Alimento's menu choices are definitely very unique in name, in ingredients and in flavor. These are probably the newest and most pleasing flavors I've had in a long time. So the food is definitely worth going to this place for.
The service is at best indifferent. The ladies that work here lack warmth and I got the impression that no one really cares if customers come back or not.
The ambience: my sister had commented before our dinner that she had read this place was noisy. It's true. The bench seating is also a little uncomfortable.
The food, again, is great, the other things not so much.
I was looking forward to a special dinner at Alimento since the restaurant is consistently top-rated. The positive: very good service. And, proceeds from water sales go to Silver Lake conservancy, a nice touch. My friend and I split several small plates and each had a pasta dish. I found everything rather aggressively seasoned to the point of tipping the flavors in the wrong direction. The chopped salad had what I was told was either banana peppers or pepperoncini in it. I liked the kick, but maybe a little would have gone further. We had a white bean soup, pork meatballs, and the pasta selections were a Dungeness crab spaghetti and a pasta with clams. The crab dish, to me, was bland. The clam dish was bitter due to too much garlic. A more subtle hand would have helped every single dish, frankly. Dessert was a lovely strawberry custard, light and refreshing. Overall, I was disappointed with the food, but it was the excessive noise level in the dining room that was untenable. Place was packed, so I'm guessing my opinion is in the minority.
The food was great, but service was extremely slow, despite the restaurant not even being that full. Entree took an hour to come out... and both did not come at the same time. Very loud inside. And servers did not check up on us after our order was taken. Food was very delicious but not worth the horrendous experience. Also the resturant allowed no allterations to the menus to accommodate my nut and shellfish alergy, with a extremely limited menu selection this was absurd
We were late to our reservation and they did a great job at acoomodsting us. The hostess was super helpful and sweet and the manager that evening checked in with us a few times during our meal. They're employees we're very attentive and we enjoyed every single plate we had. We would 100% recommend this spot!
The food as always was superb! But...it would have been nice while making a reservation if they had asked if we wanted inside or out. Inside is terribly noisy and hard to have a conversation without shouting, and outside was already booked. Second, there was one waitress that was terribly snooty. Who needs attitude when you're paying a hefty sum of $ to eat at Alimento. When we asked to order the squid pasta we had seen on the online menu, she informed us it was no longer on their menu, she seemed bothered that we mentioned they should change their online menu. Pure snobbery! I didn't get her name. Luckily a very nice waitress took care of us (she had long blonde hair)! Lastly, there was both a wine and an after dinner liqueur we asked for and they were out of. Seems like keeping items stocked, and updating menus is a bit of an issue you guys should resolve. That said, the food is still super awesome! Thanks...
Alimento is an LA favorite!! We come here frequently and have never had a meal that wasn't great. Other day we consumed Calabrian ribs( the best), liver crostone, a great chopped salad, several pastas including always delish spelt, and a grilled orata. Interesting wine list, some reasonable options. Good desserts as well, tho usually too full to partake.
It's not what it use to be.. I came here a year ago and the dinner was amazing. Last night the experience was awful. We didn't even see our server after once she took our order again for over and the food was not good . Honest but true and I won't be coming back. First bad review I have ever had to write but since no one came to check on the food quality and wait this had to be posted
My boyfriend and I had dinner at Alimento on what must have been the hottest day of the summer, and unfortunately the AC in the restaurant was not working. We probably should have just left, as it was hovering around 100º inside the restaurant, but we were really excited to try it so we stayed, but I had to keep my menu to use as a fan during the duration of dinner. They were out of the bottle of Rose we wanted, they would not make a substitution on a salad, and overall just felt very disappointed in the experience. Will not return, unfortunately, as I was really looking forward to dining here.
Just a great restaurant. I feel so fortunate to have it in Silver Lake. But, after 30 years in the neighborhood, I guess it's time. Ding on ambiance is only because there were rolling blackouts in the 'hood that day and their a/c wasn't working very well. Not their fault, of course, but they probably should have let people know as they walked in.
good solid dining experience but one of our party was vegan and due to the format to share plates this was a challenge. personally, i don't like the family style serving format. it's fine as an option but not as a requirement. the luxury of dining out is everyone gets what they want without compromise.
Food was incredible and creative. Whole orata (a fish) on a bed of pureed chickpeas and salad. Polenta with baccala (dried/salted codfish) in a "Montavan" tomato sauce. Mmmm. But it was VERY noisy, and they wouldn't serve (free) tap water. They insisted we pay for their filtered water.
Yes, paying for water (still or gas) is a European custom--but not so far in America. I hope it doesn't take hold here...