This Football Legend Just Opened Up An Authentic Italian Restaurant on West 3rd Street
There’s a new restaurant in the neighborhood, and if you’ve been looking for good Italian food in LA, you’re in luck.
Welcome to No. 10 Restaurant – a cozy yet contemporary Italian restaurant inspired by fresh, seasonal cuisine, that brings dishes and flavors from regions across Italy into one, distinctive menu. Opened by Italian football legend Alessandro Del Piero, No. 10 feels like the kind of place you would find in a bustling European neighborhood, at once trendy yet intimate, with great food and great drinks.
Tucked under a new office tower on West 3rd Street, you’re first greeted with the restaurant’s lush and leafy patio, which is sure to be a popular destination for happy hour drinks (offered 6-8pm weekly) and al freso dining once the warm weather hits. Inside, you’ll find a slick modern dining room that feels spacious and inviting, unlike many local restaurants where it feels like they’re trying to cram as many patrons as possible into one establishment.
Of course, you’re not just here to bask in the decor, but you’re here for the food. Start off your meal with a bottle of wine from the restaurant’s extensive wine list, which features a mix of both local Californian and Italian varietals. We recommend the “Baby Super Tuscan,” a Sangiovese blend from Toscana. The restaurant also has a well-curated cocktail list too, which features contemporary spins on bar cocktail classics.
When it comes to appetizers, the waiters will rave about the restaurant’s charcuterie boards, and though it might not seem like a particularly-inspired suggestion, it’s worth ordering just for the unique cheeses and generous portions of cured meats, which are all artfully assembled on an extra large board. Another suggestion: the “polpo” – charred octopus, which is served with roasted broccoli, grapefruit, Greek yogurt and crispy chick peas.
The restaurant offers a satisfying pizza and pasta menu to follow, and we liked that most of the options offered vegan and gluten-free alternatives (not to mention a host of vegetarian options). We like the “Alla ’Nduja” pizza with chanterelle mushrooms, and you can’t go wrong with the “Tartufata” pizza with squash blossoms and black truffles. On the pasta-side, the Bombolotti Amatrician is always a favorite, with guanciale, onions and pecorino romano cheese. The restaurant also offers a popular lasagna, and waiters will be quick to tell you that this is made in traditional Italian style, meaning less packed with “stuff” and lighter all around.
From the Secondi menu, try the lamb chops or the bone-in rib eye, both of which achieve that desirable charred flavor without overcooking the meat. The meat falls off the bone in tender, juicy chunks, and pairs well with a side of roasted potatoes or fresh, simple salad.
After dinner, the signature order is the “No. 10 Sphere,” which is a bombolini-style dessert that envelopes dark, milk and white chocolate, meringue, Amaretti cookies, mint, chocolate sauce and huckleberries in bite-sized pieces of heaven. Pair it with a cappuccino to cap off your meal in style.
While Del Piero is the main draw for many customers here, we think No. 10 Restaurant will also attract the foodie crowd, thanks to its well-represented menu offerings. In addition to favorite regional dishes from Italy, the chefs have also found ways to combine their American and Italian cultures together in inventive (and delicious) new ways.
Whether it is for a romantic date-night dinner, after-work drinks, casual catch up with friends, or a celebratory private party, No. 10 is the new go-to spot in town. Visit the restaurant at 8436 West 3rd Street or online at N10restaurant.com.