Italy's Little Kitchen

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Our family has been in the Italian restaurant and pizza business in Southern California since 1949, establishing Italy's Little Kitchen in 1971. We use only the healthiest and freshest ingredients. We stand by the principle that our customer should be shown the same hospitality that we would offer a guest in our own home. We hope you will continue to enjoy dining in our restaurant and thank you for your patronage.

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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.1
service
3.7
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4.2
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DebbieG
Los Angeles
1 review
Reviewed on May 30, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Hadn't been here in years since I left the area. Came back while visiting a friend. Fantastic food and great atmosphere!

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KG33
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Italy's little kitchen for 30 years. We recently took a family member who had never been, and we were not disappointed. The food and service were as always excellent. We will continue to use Italy's little kitchen for all our family events.

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LieselF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful place with friendly service and yummy food.

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Duffysmom
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as was the service. I love the friendly and relaxed ambiance. It has a neighborhood feel that just added to the dining experience.

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vipGeniT
Los Angeles
165 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The waitress was not as attentive as she probably will be as she gains more experience. But as usual the food and atmosphere were great!

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vipDDJD
Los Angeles
106 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of our “go to” local favorites. We keep coming back!

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RosalieA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy. Nice neighborhood place

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Nicki
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute little place. Good value for the money.

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AnnettaK
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very cold and drafty! Cccccccccvccvcccccccccccvvvcvvccvvvccccccc

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vipMikey
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good but not outstanding. I’m comparing this to many other Italian restaurants we have eaten at.

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JillL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We find Italy’s Little Kitchen food to be fresh, tasty, well composed, and thoroughly delicious down home Italian cooking. For us, it’s a taste of home, east coast Italian food. There are servers who are more experienced than others in our opinion, and some were young, but they were trying to please, and they’ll get there. Everyone was pleasant and cordial, and we enjoyed our dinner experience, and the food was great!

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vipMadeleineA
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Wish I could say this is a nice, little neighborhood place but it's just REALLY bad cooking and food. Sorry...

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LynnA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We have been going here for many years and the quality of the experience and the food has steadily declined. The minestrone soup tastes like watered down tomato broth with few ingredients, unlike the rich tasty vegetables of past years. Spaghetti and meatballs sauce also was like watered down tomato soup. The meatballs were like rubber. The prices have gone up and what you receive in exchange has been reduced to a bare minimum.

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vipShonmonique
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughters 17th Birthday! She loves Italy’s Little Kitchen! ❤️

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JenniferF
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible service...extremely slow!!! Food had no flavor..."chimichurri sauce"was not..it was a terrible tasting pesto mixed with lemon..it ruined an already overcooked steak. Server offered White Zin when asked for a white wine...my guests all did not like the food.I used to eat there as a child years ago..so very different..will never go back.

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BenB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Terrific food and service. A gem hidden in plain sight.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was below restaurant quality and a such overpriced. I would not have been happy serving that. We just went as it was close to the airport and we were about to get a flight. Would definitely not go back.

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MichaelW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. Waitress and wait staff were very professional

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vipBrenda
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first meal at Little Italy and it was delicious. So many friends had recommended it earlier.
I met my son for a very long lunch. We had Scampi, pasta and fresh salads.
Great service.
Can’t wait to return.

DD
vipDirtyDishes
Las Vegas
47 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We dined on a Wednesday and the restaurant was COMPLETELY FULL, and only had ONE server and one cook/chef. For some unknown reason, management decided to not call in additional servers. Our poor server did the best she could, however, could not attend to most tables. Causing other tables to become highly upset, and unfortunately not tip her well or at all. This was in no way her fault as there was no way she could get to every table on her own.
The food was ok, however, the Capresse salad we ordered had no balsamic vinegar, our dinner, which took over an hour to get served was not as described: my fish was supposed to be served over a bed of spinach, but instead it was over broccoli, and my wife's salmon came with cold asparagus and cold potatoes. Our servers was amazing, considering the stress she was under, and offered us a free desert as as way to make up for the restaurants' shortcomings.
I would definitely NOT recommend this place to anyone.

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MGF57
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The warm bread that they served before taking our order was perhaps the best thing about this restaurant experience. I do not know if someone failed to show for a shift or quit in the middle of one, but the service was abysmal. In fact, a gentleman at another table of three people was so upset and dissatisfied with the service that he returned his food without even trying it.

To be fair, the food was pretty good, and everyone enjoyed their meals. The restaurant is divided into several small service areas or rooms, one of which is outside but enclosed. The decor is simply and rather plain (in fact the vacuum was parked/stored in the open next to our table).

I would only go back, if they guaranteed that they had corrected the service problems.

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vipLdtmsw
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Excellent food and my waitress Jasmine was THE BEST!!!! They made an error with my food but corrected it expeditiously! I definitely will be back!!

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SilviaP
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly, courteous, and checked on us , filled our water glasses, food was promptly served

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vipJackieB
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great neighborhood find. If you have a student at Loyola Marymount, it's a great place to go with your student. The food is great and the restaurant has a really nice ambience. The wine selection wasn't great but fine for the restaurant. Service could've been nicer.

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Shellyrose
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I've always liked anything I order here. Service was attentive. I love the lobster ravioli!

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KevinT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We’ve eaten here twice for dinner and once for lunch - always very enjoyable food and good service.

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vipanonymous
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice neighborhood Italian restaurant. It was noisier than usual because of a big party nearby, otherwise fine. The tables are very close together because it IS a little place. Very tasty food and good service. Reservations recommended. Small parking lot in back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner with an old friend

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vipTasty
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall1food5service1ambience3

I brought 7 people to dinner.

as we finished, I gave my credit card to the server and asked for the check, we were working and on the go. I was trying to expedite the process.

My expectation was to get the receipt showing everything we ordered and the associated paper to sign and leave.

Why would I want the receipt, honestly...only to see whether or not the gratuity was already included. I'm not looking at the detail of what people ordered.

So, no receipt. just the signature paper.
I asked the server...'did you include gratuity?'
Her response...'do you want the receipt?, to which I said, 'no, I just want to know if you included the gratuity since were a large party?'
Her nervous response...'I'll get you a receipt.'

A few moments go by, she returns with another restaurant bill folder, lays it on the table and says, 'yes, gratuity was already included'...and quickly walks away.

Not OK.
Number 1, include the receipt.
Number 2, if for some ludicrious reason you don't include the receipt, tell the customer that you've already included the tip.
Number 3, if you get yourself into this stupid situation...don't dig the hole deeper.
Number 4, apologize for the situation.

Pigs Get Fat. Hogs get Slaughtered...

I would have preferred focusing on the food in this review. That response would have been much different.

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SteveP
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server, Oceana, was friendly, knowledgeable, professional, and promt.

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vipCTal
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was very good, the service was excellent. We sat in the backroom. It was pretty loud back there, but we were a big group so it was okay because we were probably loud ourselves. I had the carbonara and it was very good.

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MattK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Good food, little hectic and busy, but overall nice dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I was a big fan of this restaurant. It has changed quite a bit. The menu was as not as extensive. My favorite meal lobster ravioli was the worst it has ever been. It will be a while before I return.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2008
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Everyone at my table was happy with their food, service was quick and the people were very friendly. I thought the food was too favor-full but that is me. I tend to be a bland person so you can't go by what I say when it comes to Italian food. If you ask me to recommend an Italian Resturant that is a good value I would say the Italian Little Kitchen.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2008
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Cheerful, speedy waitstaff. Good, plentiful food. Surprisingly inexpensive.

HA
HungryAndThirsty
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2008
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food and service were fine up until I asked for the check. The waitress took a long time bringing it, stopping to take another table's drink orders and bringing them their drinks. Then after she finally brought the check, she disappeared. A good 5 minutes later, another waiter came by and unsolicited, but probably seeing that my credit card had been sitting out for 5 minutes, offered to take up my credit card. The waitress finally brought back the credit card slip, but seemed very peeved that I hadn't waited for her to return to pick up my credit card.

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vipBridgetD
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2008
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great staple restaurant. THe staff here os fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2008
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a great little family dinner here recently. and the staff was very sweet and accommodating. i have some pain in the ass food allergies, and the kitchen staff was even kind enough to prepare my special gluten-free pasta for me, so that my sister, the birthday girl, could still enjoy an italian dinner (her birthday request). thanks again guys!

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LPIU
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2008
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I committed a reservations faux pas. A first and last for moi- for it's definitely against my upbringing, standards and style :)

What? I made a reservation, couldn't keep it and failed to cancel. Please forgive me and ask Italy's Kitchen to please do the same :( I do however plan to visit them real soon. I love Italian food and am in search of a restaurant closer in to the city than Roma D'Italia where I recently dined in Tustin, and had a wonderful meal, before seeing Guys & Dolls at the Curtain Dinner Theatre.

PS, I search opentable often, book reservations and refer others.
Suggestion: as baby boomers age and so do our parents, Godparents- add a handicapped-accessible (wheelchair) option/icon to the search/locations! Th

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vipJoannaC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2008
Overall5food4service4ambience3

My sister and I love this place. We love the lobster ravioli...best I've ever tasted anywhere. I get it about 2x a month. I either pick up or eat-in. They also always have coupons in the neighborhood coupon magazines so it's usually a deal. Their freshly baked bread is a great accompanienment too.

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Italy's Little Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Italy's Little Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 645-1220.

Italy's Little Kitchen is rated 4.1 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

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