Locanda Positano

Carpaccio di polipo (photo credit: Tracy Ng)

A hidden haven for old world Italian on the hip—wait for it—Lincoln Blvd.

By Tracy Ng

Blink and you will certainly miss one of the loveliest Italian restaurants west of the 405. Tucked away in an intimate cottage on the nouveau hip Lincoln Blvd., Locanda Positano is a beacon for in-the-know fans of authentic, slow cooked rustic Italian, made with the best finds from local farmers markets and ingredients flown in from Europe and the Mediterranean.

One bite of Chef Michelangelo’s signature pappardelle—the Barolo wine reduction adding an amazing depth to the braised wild boar that teases the nose as well as tastebuds—and you’ll understand why the couple at the table next to you return to dine every few weeks, and are so eager to share their adoration of the place. The branzino is supple yet structured with a perfectly balanced, farm fresh mix of tomato, olive, and capers. Another standout is the the transportive carpaccio di polipo, with near paper thin slices of impossibly tender, flavorful wild Spanish octopus nestled into wild arugula with lemon vinaigrette, and you may never want the sea creature any other way again.
By the time the Blackforest cake–inspired white and semisweet chocolate mousse arrives, with its delightful poached cherry in the center, you will likely already be clearing the calendar for your next visit… and vowing not to spread the word. You know: So as not to endanger the charm of the place—and your chances at a reservation.

hours

Mon–Thu 5:30 PM–10 PM; Fri–Sat 5:30 PM–10:30 PM; Sun 5 PM–10 PM

price range

$18 (spaghetti alla chitarra) to $42 (wild boar osso bucco with saffron risotto)
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