While LA food critics and foodies (think: Jonathan Gold, the readers of Chowhound, our friends at EaterLA) are taking a look back at the meals and restaurants that defined 2009, Zagat is busy casting a slightly wider net -- revisiting the best and brightest LA restaurants of the entire past decade.
Zagat's list is based on food ratings, which means there are not too many places we haven't heard of. And they are pretty hard to argue with.
The survey rated the restaurant's food, decor, service and cost. The list inlcudes some of LA's most lauded, like Providence, that seem to find their way on every top restaurant list. And Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali managed to make the list twice, with next-door neighbors Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza.
Three restaurants tied for first in the food category, all with 28s: Urasawa, Sushi Zo and Angelini Osteria. Of Angelini Osteria, Zagat writes:
“Proud” chef-owner Gino Angelini presides over this “exceptional”, “pricey” osteria on Beverly Boulevard that “transports you to Italy” with “deliciously al dente pastas” and “luscious” fish and chops paired with “wonderful”, “well-chosen” wines; “flirtatious waiters” and “elbow-to-elbow” seating add to the “authentic” atmosphere, so even if some “wish it were less jammed”, that’s a “small price to pay” for “LA’s No. 1 Italian.”
Hungry for more? Here's the full list:
- Urasawa (Beverly Hills)
- Sushi Zo (West LA)
- Angelini Osteria (Beverly Blvd.)
- Providence (Hollywood)
- Sona (La Cienega Blvd.)
- Piccolo (Venice)
- Hatfield's (Beverly Blvd.)
- Osteria Mozza (Hollywood)
- Pizzeria Mozza (Hollywood)
- The Bazaar by Jose Andres (Beverly Hills)