WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE TO SAY
This isn’t a story about how dover sole can induce labor. Vincenti, a highly respected restaurant that’s long been known for serving some of L.A.’s finest Italian food, is just where a lot of people go to eat classically luxurious dishes like dover sole, rack of lamb, and truffle-topped pastas. Although children are welcome here, this is a restaurant that attracts grownups looking for an elegant experience.
When I did a survey of Los Angeles Italian restaurants a decade or so ago, Vincenti was the obvious No. 1. Nicola Mastronardi’s polished, masculine style wasn’t formulated in reaction to classic Italian cooking — it is classic, controlled Italian cooking, built around the kind of grilled seafood salads, wood-roasted meats, and handmade pastas that you hope to find every time you step into a restaurant in Puglia or the Marches. His food tastes like Italy.
It's a supreme pleasure to sit back leisurely at Vincenti and revel in a plate of chef Nicola Mastronardi's perfectly constructed agnolotti or porchetta-style roasted pork or Barolo-braised veal cheeks...
When you crave a real Italian pizza, Vincenti cranks up the heat in their wood burning oven on Mondays to churn out some of the best I have ever had on the left coast.
Maureen Vincenti’s Brentwood eatery is an old-fashioned Italian classic. This mature (in all the best possible ways) dining room is hitting all the right notes...
I once wrote that Vincenti...was the best Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. Even now it is the most grown-up, a civilized place to enjoy Nicola Mastronardi's superb roasted quail with favas, postage-stamp pasta with clams and rapini, and the grilled cuttlefish salad against which all others need to be measured.
The cucina in this booth-lined classic is as soulful as it is refined. Chef Nicola Mastronardi deals in fine gradations of flavor...Co-owner Maureen Vincenti’s laughter sets the tone as she pauses at each table.
Late in 1997, Chef Gino Angelini reinvigorated LA’s stale Italian cuisine with the emergence of Vincenti. Few knew however, that Angelini wasn’t updating Italian-American cuisine–he was cooking fiercely Italian food, and thus updating our American palates.
Of all the Italians in Brentwood, this has always been a favorite. Maureen, named the ristorante for the indefatigable champion of Italian cuisine. The waiters know their stuff and convey an affection for the chef and his cooking...
Maureen Vincenti is warm and welcoming and remembers everyone’s name. The chefs are all Italian, and you can taste that integrity in the food. The homemade pasta and rotisserie meats are the standouts.
Maureen Vincenti’s welcome is hearty and warm. Nicola Mastronardi’s cooking is intelligently robust. The atmosphere is moneyed, playful, and refreshingly real.
This sleekly contemporary trattoria is all marble counters, blond woods and modern Italian light fixtures. The menu includes compelling items including a warm salad of octopus, meats from the wood-burning rotisserie and oven...and the wine list is impressive.
Vincenti Ristorante has combined sophistication and elegance with warmth and comfort. Maureen Vincenti welcomes you at the door and there is not a bad seat in the house with Master Chef Nicola Mastronardi providing your entertainment visible from nearly every seat in the dining room. Service is professional yet casual.
Getting better with age, this all-class all-star is still an excellent choice...after 20 years, delivering a sophisticated...menu of divine dishes. The beautiful fine-dining setting is in style and comes complete with a warm welcome from a skilled staff.
Brentwood has a swarm of Italian restaurants; Vincenti tops them all. It’s not just the effusive greeting of owner Maureen Vincenti, the pleasant light wood decor, or the celeb-sighting potential. It’s that Nicola Mastronardi is an exceptional chef.
Brentwood must be the world capital of a certain kind of Italian restaurant, the kind with carpaccio, tricolor salads and three kinds of pasta with vegetables, chicken under a brick and tiramisu. Brentwood is also where you will find Vincenti, which could pass as the go-to businessmen's restaurant in a large Italian city...