I've become a regular at this place because the pasta is so extraordinary. This about sums up my typical order.
I celebrated my birthday there last Wednesday, and it was spectacular. Got the 45oz costata fiorentina, a bunch of pastas (I've now had all of them on their current menu), pizza (the simple new pizza with cherry tomatos and bufala mozzarella might be my new favorite pizza in LA), and some salads/veggies. I love the wine selection as well; great lambruscos and super tuscans on the list, even if you don't want to blow $500 on a bottle of Sassicaia.
But what I love most about this place is how much like Italy it usually feels like. Even though the steak wasn't quite as large as the ones in Florence, it was just remarkable, and it tasted closest to how the bistecca's I've had in Florence are. Even comparing to the rendition at Chi Spacca, which is quite good (and about $100 more expensive), I thought it was the preferable steak. Comparatively, I also had nearly the same steak at Chianina in Long Beach recently ($50 more expensive), and thought it didn't even come close somehow. You would think that a big ol' steak would be a big ol' steak, but the one at Felix just had a kind of ineffable similarity to the flavor of Florence. I think at least part of it was the crust, which was the crispest crust I've had on an American steak, done to a truly proper rare, with just the right amount of pepper, rosemary, lemon...I'm am afraid I cannot put its glories into words.
The roman style brisket on toast (picchiapo) is also really wonderful as a main.
Anyway, yeah, I love this place! Worth driving to fairly often for me. I wish they had opened this in downtown instead of Rossoblu lol
Sadly I only took a really poor photo of the steak, but might as well take a gander for those curious: