Ospi

4.8
100 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Ospi is the sophomore restaurant of Jackson Kalb & Melissa Saka, focused on Southern Italian cooking and way of life. The name derives from ospitante (“host” in Italian), with the expectation that guests will feel as comfortable at Ospi as they would at a friend’s dinner party. There will be plenty of house-made pastas as well as an expanded offering of pizzas. The beverage program crafted by Kalb features mostly Californian and Southern Italian wines and a full bar with a special negroni section. At Ospi, the pizza is inspired by the techniques of Antico Forno Roscioli which Kalb and Saka frequented while visiting Rome. Focusing on Romana Tonda-style crusts that are cracker-thin, he is adapting a recipe that he feels will resonate with the LA diner. Jackson feels it extremely important to not take food too seriously. Come take a trip to Southern Italy and be a guest in our home.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 100 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
service
4.1
ambience
4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJohnC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got the crispy provolone - rigatoni alla vodka - spaghetti - braciole…. Excellent! Nice outdoor seating setup.

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vipPiaR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Small entree portions. Waitress hardly came by to our table. Took her a while to get our orders, gave us the wrong suggestion when asking for something not spicy, and gave us the dessert menu and never came back to take our order. Only 2 heating lamps in the entire place no where near any tables so bring a jacket for dinner. I was really hoping to love this restaurant since it was on the Eater list. The overall experience was underwhelming.

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vipSommerG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favorite pasta in LA!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was so good it made up for the Uncomfortable chairs dingy side street and NO HEATERS very chilly ....... they clearly can get away with it because the food was outstanding ....... you start to eat and forget the other discomforts immediately..... I would’ve left anywhere else so Bravo! I was visiting from New York snd am really glad I made it there excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here is amazing. We’ve been back 5 times since they opened and haven’t found a single thing that we dislike. I tell everyone to go here

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing birthday dinner at Ospi. EVERYTHING WAS FANTASTIC!!! The eggplant salad, the fettuna, the pizza and the pasta, I CANT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THE GNOCCHI, and the lemon budino.👌🏼😍😍😍 Can’t wait to come back!

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Ashh
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Loved the food, great service just needs a few more space heaters

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New favorite restaurant in LA!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in town

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SFtoLA
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ospi was great! Love love love their pasta here. Their super thin crust pizza is really unique as well. I'll definitely be back.

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vipme22
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was good, but a few dishes could use some tweaks. Service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible. Cannot wait to come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Server was great. It was cold outside with no heaters.

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StephanieN
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, everything was delicious and staff was so friendly!

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TessT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were above my expectations and my group thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Everything was delicious and we will definitely return. The patio could be decorated a but more but the food and service make up for it

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vipIleneW
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. It was a little chilly outside but they did their very best to accommodate us near a heater. The service was very attentive. The food came quickly and everything was delicious. The cauliflower appetizer was amazing and the fungi pizza was delicious with a variety of unusual mushrooms. I would definitely go back.

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ClaudiaR
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OSPI IS AMAZING! The food is so flavorful without being overwhelming. We got 4 pasta dishes, the kale salad, and some bread. Oh. My. Gosh. I know want that kale salad. The pasta was filling without making you feel like dough. 15/10!!!

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vipCati
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best vodka sauce I’ve ever had!
Telling all my friends to go

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raschiatelli was AMAZING

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MarkD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had heard a lot of good buzz about this place, which opened in September DURING covid. The food is hearty and satisfying but still quite innovative. We started with the fried provolone, the soft lettuce salad, and the bread with burrata innards ("stracciatella"). We had the cannelloni and the rashiatelli pastas for dinner, and finished off with the canolli. The food was generally excellent, with the provalone, raschiatelli, and canolli being exceptional. The fried provalone is a sort of adult mozarrella stick, featuring saltier and sturdier cheese and a beautifully simple vodka sauce for dipping (order extra!). The raschiatelli is a study in "bite variety"; every bite features a conga line of pasta, rich oily ragu, crunchy panko, and creamy cheese. Its incredible! The canolli for dessert featured a more delicate pastry crust, not a crunchy spill-y mess, and a refreshing ricotta filling. Buono!

For drinks they feature a negroni menu. This is my favorite cocktail so I had three of those. The Boulevardier in particular was excellent, sweeter and darker than the traditional Campari variety.

The ambience was as good as it could be given the circumstances. They have built a nice outdoor area on the street that still manages to pull off a homey, I'm-not-on-a sidewalk-in-Venice-vibe. The service was excellent. Our server was quick with recommendations, attentive without being overbearing. The coursing was a scootch rapid for my taste but seemed to be perfectly tailored for the 90 minute LA county dining limit, implying these guys know how to facilitate. Noise level was low. All the tables were filled when we were there.

These folks have clearly worked hard to stand up an excellent fine dining experience under extremely difficult circumstances. I recommend you reward their work (and the raschiatelli) with your support.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible steps of service despite Covid. Food was delicious, our waiter Matt was perfect, can’t wait to come back as the weather warms up!

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PierceM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even though it was cold and windy outside the service was excellent! The food is delicious. I recommend the crispy provolone, cauliflower, spicy rigatoni, and the hapa pizza. When I go back I have to try the pork collar braciole as I hear its really good. They were out of it when I went.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was soo great!! We loved the food at Ospi!!!

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DiegoR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot in Venice! Food, service is amazing! Definitely going again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and level of engagement

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

I love this place. Unfortunately, the service wasn't as good as the first we went (back in November), but I'm sure it was because it was the start of Valentine's weekend.

I highly recommend this place! Their food is incredible!
I'll be going back soon with friends.

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vipkates
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great service. Can’t wait to go back when we can sit inside. Finally found our local Italian. 🙌🏼

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Yummers!! Our waiter was the sweetest and made sure we were getting the favorites on the menu without over ordering :) the provolone was my so delightful but the spicy rigatoni is an absolute MUST TRY. Margarita was delicious. Only downfall: only three outdoor heaters, all very spread out on a cold night.

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JohnJ
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Outstanding food served in an alleyway -not their fault. Limited wine list for food of this sophistication.

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vipSim123
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely phenomenal! The cauliflower, stracciatella fett’unta, and the raschiatelli were so incredibly delicious! I’d definitely recommend coming here and will for sure be coming back!

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Lauren
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ospi is amazing!!! The food was delicious and the service was impeccable.

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debbieb
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the ambiance and the workers we’re beyond amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had Melissa as our server. She was AMAZING. Very helpful and great personality. Food was great!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was great! ospi is starting to become my new favorite italian place!

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vipdanib
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic every tine!!

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vipSKGH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing casual food with a great atmosphere - loved it!

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vipMelissaW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

The food was fantastic, but during the pandemic we had to sit at a table on the sidewalk and it was extremely loud, cold and we listened to a homeless man across the street singing loudly.

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vipSommerG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and service!! I can’t wait to go back and try more dishes!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and our waiter was very helpful. I got the spaghetti and my friend got the Margie

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vipLilyD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and wonderful. Our new favorite place!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ospi using the Order Online button. Ospi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 443-5007.

Ospi is rated 4.8 stars by 100 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.