Where: Los Angeles
What: Pasta PlaceList
Who: Chef and owner of two highly successful LA restaurants (Scopa Italian Roots and Black Market Liquor Bar), chef Antonia Lofaso is also revamping chef apparel with her Chefletics line and running her own catering company. She won Cutthroat Kitchen’s “Judging Judges” episode and is an advisor for CNBC’s Restaurant Startup, yet still finds time to continually impress the good people of LA with her reinterpretation of old-school Italian classics. Plus, she churns out a weekly podcast with her girlfriends called The Grown Ass Women Club (they get stuck into such meaty topics as relationships, sex, and food). So where does the woman behind those duck and ricotta stuffed shells head for her own pasta consuming pleasures? Buy tickets to the All-Star Chef Classic (March 8-11) and ask her yourself, or read on below.
Scopa Italian Roots
Antonia Lofaso: Chitarra is my favorite pasta dish at Scopa, which is an adult version of Mac & Cheese.
Hancock Park, $$$$
AL: Their ricotta and egg raviolo is insane. One of my all-time favorites.
The Tasting Kitchen
AL: Honestly, I can’t choose one here. All their pastas are delicious.
AL: The Cavatelli alla Norcina is mouthwatering. The sausage they use in the dish is so good and the black truffles top it off.
AL: I really enjoy the Rigatoni here. The ragu is simple and I like the addition of the porcini mushrooms.
AL: I love the Lasagna Verde here. So simple, but a definite must-have.
West Hollywood, $$$
AL: The Shrimp Diavolo is delicious. The arrabbiata is a little spicy, which is a nice compliment to the simplicity of the spaghetti.
Chitarra courtesy of Scopa Italian Roots
Ricotta & Egg Raviolo courtesy of Osteria Mozza
Rigatoni alla bolognese courtesy of The Tasting Kitchen
Rigatoni with Chicken Liver Ragù courtesy of Sotto
Lasagna Verde courtesy of Angelini Osteria
Shrimp Diavolo courtesy of Craig's
Featured image coutresy of Scopa Italian Roots