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Anna's: Food Like Your Italian-American Mamma Makes

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Sometimes, when the world seems harsh and cold, I long for the comfort foods that my Italian mamma used to make me. I crave a hot bowl of her minestrone soup, and a plate rigatoni Bolognese smothered in Parmigiano-Reggiano and made with so much love you can taste it. Ah, yes the comfort foods of my childhood. Only one thing—I didn’t have an Italian mamma. I had a Jewish American Princess mamma, and literally the only thing she made for dinner was reservations. That’s right I was raised on restaurant food, and for that reason you can kinda argue that Anna’s Restaurant was my mamma’s kitchen. To me some of the ultimate comfort food in LA comes from Anna’s. Even if you have an Italian mamma, you’ll be able to appreciate the soul soothing cuisine of Anna’s Restaurant.

The food at Anna’s is Italian-American, and while its definitely not the kind of stuff you’ll find in Roma or Firenze, their menu is filled with all the Italian classics we Americans know and love: Minestrone soup (the best!), meatballs, fettucini Alfredo, pasta with pesto, marinara, or meat-sauce, pizza, etc. Their minestrone soup is pretty unique because it is not tomato-based, like most of the minestrones out there. This one has no tomatoes in it whatsoever, and instead is thick and chock full of garbanzo beans, potatoes, celery, and carrots. The pastas are also pretty tasty but it is their sauces that make them special; the Bolognese is chock full of meat, the pesto is verdant and aromatic, and the Alfredo sauce is made tableside! They also have a pretty killer mushroom sauce, which tastes similar to the Bolognese except the mushroom sauce has no meat in it.

Read about Anna's awesome pizza after the jump!