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An Italian Getaway in the Heart of LA: Della Terra

Step into Della Terra and you’re stepping onto Italian soil, a gastronomical journey from the bustling streets of Los Angeles straight to the quaint trattorias of Northern Italy. Nestled in the heart of the Fairfax district, Della Terra has been a hidden gem since its doors swung open in 2009. The enchanting ambience sets the tone for the culinary experience you’re about to embark on—unpretentious, warm, and charmingly authentic.

The menu, a testament to organic Italian cuisine, is littered with inviting options, all brimming with the promise of a tantalizing adventure for your taste buds. The star of the show? Undoubtedly the fresh handmade pasta, a perfect marriage of texture and flavor. The Aglio e Olio, a simple yet pivotal Italian classic, is divine when swapped with capellini—it’s an unspoken test for any Italian restaurant, and let’s just say, Della Terra passes with flying colors.

However, don’t make the mistake of missing out on the rest of their fantastic fare. Every dish seems to have been created with a clear understanding of balance and harmony in flavors. Just a friendly warning, though—the pizza veers more toward focaccia flatbread than traditional pizza, a minor hiccup in an otherwise flawless menu.

What truly sets Della Terra apart is their extraordinary service. The waitstaff is attentive, knowledgeable, and prompt, making each dining experience memorable. Furthermore, the pricing won’t leave your wallet feeling light. It’s a rare, precious find—an exceptional Italian dining experience that won’t break the bank.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet lunchtime retreat or a bustling dinner scene, Della Terra has you covered seven days a week. I highly recommend going with a group, as the menu begs to be ordered en masse and shared among good company.

In the crowded culinary landscape of LA, Della Terra proudly stands its ground. It’s not just a restaurant—it’s a delightful experience. It successfully marries the glamour of LA with the authenticity of Italian dining, and for that, it’s earned a well-deserved 4 out of 5 forks. It’s one of those spots we find ourselves returning to time and time again. So, the next time you’re driving down Beverly Boulevard and see Della Terra, do yourself a favor—pull over, step inside, and get ready for a culinary journey to Italy.

Plates of pasta on an Italian restaurant dining table
Mid meal at Della Terra (some of us eat faster than others)

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