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Sophisticated Italian cuisine is to L.A. what French is to New York: the standard-bearer of fine dining. And for two decades, Angelini has been its defining force, first helming the kitchens at the legendary Rex downtown and Vincenti in Brentwood before heading off on his own in 2001 with Angelini Osteria (7313 Beverly Blvd.).
These days, nearly every Italian restaurant seems to be cooking some variation on home-style regional fare. Yet Angelini popularized the trend by giving a journey through his native province of Emilia Romagna. "I went to the memory of my mother and my mother's mother -- high quality food, but very simple," says Angelini, whose latest, the more grandly scaled RivaBella (9201 Sunset Blvd.), opened in January. "The produce, the weather: Los Angeles is the perfect place to do this kind of cooking."
Where else Angelini eats: Chinois on Main, where he orders the Shanghai lobster with curry sauce.