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Colori Kitchen

169 reviews
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$30 and under
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Colori kitchen means family. The restaurant founded by chef Luigi Barducci Contessi and his wife Paola offer two things that people can always count on: homemade good food and a welcoming and warmth atmosphere that make you feel at ease. You can walk in on a bit of a family drama sometimes, but that is just the background for a culinary experience that leaves you satisfied each time you visit. The menu offers classic Italian dishes like tagliatelle alla Bolognese and spaghetti al pesto, but it also offers a variety of daily special created personally by chef Luigi. Guest favorites are the popular Cioppino or the succulent risotto with three kinds of crab meat. In addition you cannot leave without trying at least one of the many desserts that are, like everything at Colori, made daily including all-time favorites like the cheesecake or the Luigi’s cannoli. Like a family Colori offers consistency, try it once and you will come back.
Dining Style
Home Style
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Hours of operation
reservations only by phone for parties of 6 or more ONLY.
Monday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm


Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(213) 622-5950
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Luigi Barducci Contessi
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We have a large catering menu that can be customize based on the client necessity. We provide free utensils, and complimentary bread to all the order. Only take out.
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Cross street
8th & Olive
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Parking details
808 S Olive St (Joe's Auto Parks)
812 S Grand Ave (Joe's Auto Parks)
747 S Hill St (Paragon Parking)
431 W 7th St (The Los Angeles Athletic Club)
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Public transit
Bell Cab - (888) 235-5222 // City Cab - (800) 750-4400
Checker Cab - (800) 300-5007 // Yellow Cab - (877) 922-8294
Independent Taxi - (800) 521-8294
United Independent Taxi - (800) 411-0303
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Our staff will provide you with not only an excellent service but a unique experience.
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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vipEskimo (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Colori Kitchen will always hold a special place in my heart because it was where I had my first date with my boyfriend. It's cozy and intimate which I prefer over a large impersonal place. I love that you bring your own wine since that not only makes it a good value, but you know what you're drinking and can spurge on a nice bottle. The food is consistently excellent and we've now gone several times. It's perfect for an early dinner before the Taper or Disney Hall since it's a short distance from either.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

Been coming here for years. Still love it each time. Of course the standard Italian fare is great, I love the lingcod or specials of the evening. Bring your own bottle of wine (can buy it at the Whole Foods next door). We like to share our bottle.

vipComeagain (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

We love Colori Kitchen. Unpretentious. Fun. Food is great (get the Cioppino). No corkage. Excellent service. Great value. What's not to like? IT'S LOUD. Our prior visits have been early weeknights (Tuesday, Wednesday). While energetic on those nights, it was easy to communicate with our table mates and staff. Latest visit was on Friday and everyone dining there must have been hard of hearing. Because they were all speaking AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS. There are no soft surfaces... ANYWHERE. So, it was QUITE LOUD. By the end of our meal (get the Cioppino) we had to get out of there for fear of PHL (Permanent Hearing Loss). Chicken Marsala was excellent, New York steak was also near perfect. Kale Ceaser was great and not over-dressed. (But, forget all that and get the Cioppino). And unless you're playing left tackle for the Trojans, plan to share it or take some home. All dishes are large enough to be shared by mere mortals.

enjoyable (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

We have been here several times and the food does not disappoint. While the location is not the most convenient for us, as we live 40 miles away, we try and go as often as possible. We love the food!

aecs422 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

Hubby wasn't sure from the outside. Pleasant surprise once we ordered from menu. Great service from our waiter. No alcohol but BYOB w/o corkage fee! All the items we ordered were delicious, pleasantly served & very generous servings, from salad to entree to dessert. Salad so generous that one serving serves two people! We will definitely return again, and next time, we will bring a bottle of wine! This place is diamond in the rough!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

Ordered the tagliatelle bolognese and mushroom risotto. Perfect portion for two. Meat entrees appeared delicious and really big! Will have to try next time.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2015

Grilled calamari was so tender and tasty. Pasta dishes were superb! Their specials didn't disappoint. We had spaghetti and meatballs, burrata, pasta with bolognese, their fish special. Their cheesecake was the best I ever had - light as clouds.

FrankM (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

The only negative was waiting for my reserved table. Staff we're struggling with a no-show but our server (Chip!) did his best. Food (salmon for one, striped bass for another) very tasty - we substituted broccoli for mashed potatoes, best broccoli I've had.
It's very noisy, but that's part of the price you pay for being in such a lively spot.
I'll be back!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2015

Love this place!

I've tried everything at this point and the food is always great with an amazing wait staff.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

Is it possible the main ingredient in my risotto was canned cream of mushroom soup? That this question even occurred to me is a problem.

vipluv2dine (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2015

Flawless as usual. The food in addition to our waiter is one of the reasons I continue to introduce friends to Colori.

rebecca (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

Their pasta is amazing. It's a great little restaurant, and I go there every time I visit downtown LA.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2015

The food is just so good. The grilled calamari is a must have. It is BYOB too...can't beat it.

CraigK (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on October 3, 2015

Great food and service. Loved the grilled vegetables. Bring your own wine.

Zacq (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2015

Had a great time. The prices were fair, the service was solid, and the food was fantastic. Will be back again as soon as I can, and I've already spread the word to several friends!