An…okay…Italian place at the Grove. I guess.
I can’t say I exactly love La Piazza. I don’t hate it either. I just think it gets in the way of seeking out better meals in the Grove.
What I’ve had there has been okay. Not bad, not great, and certainly no reason to skip Gumbo Pot, Whisper Lounge, Ulysses Voyage or even Wood Ranch. Hell, I’m not sure I like it better than Morel’s, which is just across the street from it.
But here’s why La Piazza has hung on since the day the Grove opened: location, location, location. It is virtually the first thing you see when you come out of the Garage at the Grove (that and Morel’s). Instead of happy diners to your left (Morel’s), you see a bunch of beautiful people hanging out in the patio area sipping on Italian or Californian white wines. And if it’s a hot day, like a lot of days in California, why wouldn’t you want to stop, have a glass of something and just watch the beautiful people walk by. That’s what my friends like to do.
Me, I’d rather be walking around with ‘em.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Hell, I can’t even remember what I had last time I was there. Looking at the menu now, had I to do it all over again, I’d try the Chitarrine alla Carbonara. (My bacon weakness rears its ugly head again.) The presence of Black Squid Ink as an ingredient in their Tagliolini al Nero di Seppia is a mark of adventurousness I hadn’t seen before, so maybe there’s some hope left. (Note: See Rule 6 of the finding a good Chinese Place to see what I mean).
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: I guarantee you that the La Piazza Hostess, whoever she is, whenever she works…will always been hot. Always. Whoever she is, treat her well.
PARKING: Your hugged up right against the Grove’s massive and reasonably well organized Parking Structure, so have at it.
189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (323) 933-5050
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:30am – 11:30pm