Brentwood is a neighborhood that lives up to its stereotypes. There are indeed a lot of rich people here, and somehow even more Teslas. Also, UCLA grads who don’t leave the Westside, people who wear athleisure as a profession, and many not-good Italian restaurants.

All of which is to say, there isn’t much in the way of cool places to eat. But “isn’t much” isn’t the same thing as “zero” – there are a select group of quality restaurants in the area, and we’ve tracked them down so you don’t have to. And yes, a few of them are Italian.

11930 San Vicente Boulevard
Your aunt lives on the fancy side of Sunset, lives her life solely between Barrington Ave. and 26th St., and only eats at Italian restaurants (even though a carb has not passed her lips since the ’70s). So when she’s buying you dinner, you’re going to her and you’re picking Vincenti. It’s far and away the best Italian restaurant of the many in Brentwood, and Aunt Lillian can order the off-menu rotisserie duck (hold the potatoes)


By Jess Basser Sanders