For the perfect date night in Los Angeles, start with the perfect restaurant. Farfalla has been the go-to spot for romance in Los Feliz for more than 25 years, beloved by locals and celebrities alike for its sophisticated atmosphere, decadent menu, and attentive service. So if the occasion calls for something a bit more special than your normal haunts, book a table at this upscale trattoria and get ready for an evening of indulgence.
Guide your date through the doors and into a scene from a romantic movie. Dim lights cast a warm glow on exposed brick walls adorned with wine racks and fine art. A well-dressed crowd clinks glasses around dark-wood tables as waiters silently circulate the room, making sure every detail is taken care of.
As you take your seats, savor the complimentary freshly baked bread served with olive oil with rosemary and sun-dried tomatoes as you choose a bottle from the extensive wine list. It’s no surprise that it leans heavily Italian, with more than 100 bottles from the old country. What it surprising, however, is how accessible it is, with no fewer than 45 wines available by the glass–perfect for trying something new without having to finish the bottle.
Raise a toast to romance as your server describes the specialties of the house. The kitchen is fanatical about freshness, using locally grown, organic produce from McGrath Family Farm, so whatever you order will be complex and flavorful. You might try the pumpkin ravioli with walnut cream sauce, a satisfying vegetarian option that melts in your mouth with each creamy bite. Meat lovers will appreciate the bistecca alla fiorentina, a porterhouse grilled Tuscan-style and served with a special sauce. But then there’s the homemade pasta stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach, piping-hot pizza with spicy salami, and an absolutely flawless chicken marsala, sauteed with shiitake mushrooms in a wine sauce. Order whatever strikes your fancy, because you really can’t go wrong here–and you can always come back on another occasion to try what you missed this time.
End the meal on a sweet note with a slice of Farfalla Trattoria’s decadent chocolate cake or a scoop of refreshing sorbet. As the table is cleared, take a moment to appreciate how perfect everything is–then pop a mint to be ready for that goodnight kiss.
Photograph by Yumi Kimura