Pastina Trattoria

4.6
441 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Casually elegant, Pastina is home to some of the best Italian cooking in town inspired by the freshest ingredients, cooked simply and prepared beautifully with excellent service and a warm comfortable atmosphere. Many of the clientele are on the first name basis with host Franco Catullo who supplies ample amount of Italian charm to go along with delicate antipasti, splendid pastas, fresh fish, hefty veal chops and fabulous desserts flown in from Italy. Pastina strikes a perfect balance between favorite dishes of the moment and trusty standbys with waiters that have the Italian enthusiasm for seeing diners happy.
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PamR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was taken to this restaurant by a friend a few months ago. We were there for lunch. I found the food to be wonderful and the restaurant was very quiet. I am from the generation that when you dined you could actually talk to the people at your table with out screaming back an answer. The food is outstanding and it is a very good place to take people that enjoy good food and company they can hear.

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vipcloth
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

this has become my second best Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. Of course there are many I haven't tried but on the West Side this one has a good menu and wine list. And the service has been great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and authentic food… service amazing … !!!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Bland food. Would not go again. I ordered a bottle of wine and they brought the proper wine but the wrong vintage. Four years off. Attention to detail definitely not their strong suit.

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RobertW
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we had a very nice family dinner for six adults and a toddler outside. The whole experience was wonderful and although we adults were all vaccinated, the baby was not and we were worried but they had a table set up outside with heaters and this made the whole experience great.
The food and the service were excellent.
we would definitely come back

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SusanV
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are always friendly and the dishes are always delicious and satisfying! If you want to go for a nice dinner, this is the place to go.

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vipAsianTapasDelights
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a pleasure to return to our favorite Italian restaurant on the Westside. The owner is always welcoming and the service is excellent.

I’d forgotten how delicious the fresh baked bread was. We had an amazing meal from beginning to end.

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vipnone
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The website still said they had special dinners which they did not have.
We ordered pasta dishes that we did not enjoy. The soup was excellent...

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vipSquirmsmom
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pastina is one of our all-time favorites. Lovely service, fantastic meals, every single time we go. And now, for diners who want to stay as Covid-safe as possible, they have a peaceful outdoor-dining patio in the back. I like to sit facing the "Life Is Beautiful" sign. :) Hooray for Pastina!

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vipMaximeF
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pastina's food and service was exceptional.

The spinach salad was certainly the best I have ever had. Fresh, fresh spinach with goats cheese, sundried tomatoes and roasted almonds. The balsamic salad dressing was light and didn't overpower the salad.

The scallops and shrimp in a tomato sauce was perfectly prepared.

Our server, Francesco (Cassie) was pleasant and helpful without being obtrusive.

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TheArtfulEater
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Horrible food. Pasta was inedible. Lasagna was undercooked and was returned. Torte for dessert tasted like it came from the frozen food section of the market.
This is representative of imitation Italian restaurants which are too often found in Los Angeles. The fact that the ownership is Italian, means nothing. I suspect the kitchen staff is not Italian and simply preparing food based on a formulaic menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was meh which was so sad bc it’s such a cute place

RB
RoxanaB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this place!! Amazing food and great service

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vipLark2000
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Delicious calamari fritti, linguine with clams is a must!

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vipMiceli
Central Coast
57 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was well prepared service professional

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Harmala
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Tucked away on a busy street, a sweet restaurant with very nice ambiance, very good service and good food.

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vipJohn
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Several family members and I had a wonderful time at Pastina on Sunday evening. All of the food was outstanding! The service was also outstanding. I'll be back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We started with fresh mozzarella with firm, delicious tomato and basil. They gladly made veal parmigiana off the menu, steak was perfectly medium rare, thick and flavorful. We had plenty of leftovers for lunch. And our waiter brought a delectable tiramisu with a candle
To congratulate our daughter for her graduation. If it was open on Monday, we would have been back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes it was a first time visiting and we loved it from start to finish. The staff were incredible very accommodating. They knew their menu which was very helpful to decide what to order. I highly recommend this place. My family and I have decided that this will be our go to for Italian food. This place is the best!! Can’t wait to come back again soon.

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MichaelM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The owner was very friendly. Coming out of pandemic mode, the staff are a little bit rusty. That's to be expected. The restaurant is worth a visit.

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vipBiotech
Los Angeles
108 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing long time local staple and example of wonderful Italian cuisine, with professional service that is reminiscent of old school service. Portions are generous, food is perfectly prepared and served. Full bar, easy parking, easy on the budget as well.

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vipRobertH
Los Angeles
130 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family owned Italian restaurant with delicious pastas and pizzas

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vipcloth
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Absent the many patrons that would dine, because of the pandemic, the restaurant still serves excellent cuisine. Additional diners will create a better atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good... we came late so just would have liked to look through the menu more. I picked something I knew and it was ok... fettuccine alla bolognese. I took my son on a late date on a Saturday, we always go out on a Saturday but we got caught up and went to dinner late. We both ate from one bowl, he’s a toddler😅 and we oddly got fully after eating maybe 25% or less, and we were hungry! Idk the pasta was thick, it was good! But we took almost all of it to go. And over the phone they said they would take good care of us, but uh they didn’t do that😅 we didn’t even get a drink order in, but I get it, we were late. BUT they made that promise KNOWING we were late so idk also when putting the pasta away in the to go plate, I thought it odd... but it smelled..? Like mildew.. just stinky😅 idk if like the dish was “washed” with dirty soap or something, so that was gross.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience at this delicious Italian restaurant! My friends and I were visiting LA from out of town and found this spot on OpenTable. They were super busy with to-go orders and a full dining room when we arrived, but Nancy (host and owner’s wife) was able to seat us earlier than we expected. This is a friendly neighborhood atmosphere with the freshest tomatoes we’ve ever had and some of the most delicious seafood! We made great friends with our neighboring tables and felt like family with Frank and Nancy by the time we were leaving! Whether you’re local or out of town — go here! Do not miss out on this experience.

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Heaser
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place. Cannot believe I never went here before. They have done a great job creating an outside dining area with plenty of heaters.

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vipMarse
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent branzino. The pasta was good, but not exceptional.

TG
TinaG
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to return to Pastina post-pandemic. Frank remains a gracious host, the food was excellent as always, and it was a delight to see the familiar face of our server. We dined inside; tables were socially distanced and protocols were followed.

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vipLeeZ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So happy to be back here! Food is absolutely delicious and an incredible value (Seafood pasta for $23.95!) Service is professional and friendly. Family run for decades and they make you feel at home.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After driving to several places, I took to the OpenTable app where I found an available table at Pastina Trattoria. Upon arrival the host greeted our party immediately. We were told our table was being cleaned and will be ready soon. The open dining area was bright and clean. COVID protocol was being practiced. Waiter was prompt and attentive. Food was fresh and delicious.

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WestLaEater
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another nice night at our favorite, local Italian spot. Family owned and operated location right on Westwood. Food is good, service is solid, food and wine options are very good.
You won't be disappointed.

SM
SimaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I am so satisfied with this restaurant, great food for so many years I go there with my family and friends. We all love this restaurant ♥️
P.S. the owners are amazing people and so friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had the Brazino, it was fresh and delicious. Ambiance was nice, service was like home. My client had the Vegetarian Lasagna, and said it was flavorful. Very comfortable, highly recommend.

WL
WestLaEater
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good times!

BH
vipBH90211
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Pastina and so happy that it survived the pandemic so beautifully. We ate outside and the service and ambiance and food were all outstanding.

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vipmiriam
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

perhaps we came too early in the evening, or maybe the regular chef was not in yet. food was over done and poor in taste. Sorry, this is the first sad review I have had to write.

Waiter was grumpy, maybe they were under stafffed and he was over worked??

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vipcloth
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was as we remembered before the pandemic. Atmosphere was challenged because of the lack and warmth of other people.

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Nick
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was good. Not exceptional. Eating on the parking lot is not the best ambiance but we understand the implication of Covid. Overall good place but not my favorite.

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vipPassionate100
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Pastina in their outside dining area, and it was a great experience. They bent over backwards to make sure we were comfortable, and the service was excellent!

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vipBrandi
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The osso buco was outstanding. The food is always good. Frank always makes you feel at home.

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Pastina Trattoria is rated 4.6 stars by 441 OpenTable diners.

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