Affordable Dining and Delicious Eggplant Parmigiana at Minestraio on Third Street
Good bye La Terza, hello Minestraio. Gino Angelini of the famed Angelini Osteria on Beverly Blvd. (one of the best Italian restaurants in Los Angeles) changed more than just La Terza's name. Minestraio has a new, reasonably priced menu with Antipasti ($7-12), Paste ($8-14), Secondi ($14-19.50), Dolci ($6).
We sat at the communal table in the bar area near the entrance, a good spot for people watching.
The star dish was the Eggplant Parmigiana ($7), what seemed like millions of very thin layers of eggplant, pasta, cheese and tomato sauce. This is definitely the dish to order, perfectly balanced and satisfying. Don't miss it.
Minestraio is open for lunch and dinner 11:00 am-10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 am-11:00 pm Friday & Saturday. They have the same menu throughout the day with the addition of Panini for lunch: Vegetarian ($7), Chicken Breast ($9), Turkey ($8). Valet Parking ($5.50 with validation) available via the hotel's entrance on Orlando.
The name of the restaurant sounds like Minestrone (also on the menu for $5). Curious about the meaning, I called Minestraio to get some information. The person answering the phone told me "It is a region in Italy where the Executive Chef comes from, and it is also the name of a pasta focused restaurant in that region."
8384 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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