Felix Trattoria Strascinati (Food of the Week)

Pasta Los Angeles

Felix Trattoria chef Evan Funke looked to Mezzogiorno for strascinati inspiration.

Rains must have thinned out the crowds, but more than a dozen people were still waiting for Felix Trattoria to open at 5:30 p.m. Evan Funke and business partner Janet Zuccarini have made their fashionable Abbot Kinney restaurant a culinary destination, and while the menu’s loaded with hits, customers primarily associate Felix with house-made pasta.

Tutta La Pasta Fatta in Casa spans four primary regions. I delved into Mezzogiorno (Southern Italy) for my first taste of Strascinati ($24). These wonderfully chewy, silver-dollar shaped pasta shapes resembled orecchiette (small ears). Funke’s team tossed a generous serving with pesto cime di rapa (turnip top pesto), anchovy, and pangrattato (breadcrumbs) and showered the plate with sharp Parmigiano-Reggiano and Canestrato, a milder Alpine cheese.


Joshua Lurie

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