I meet my dad downtown for lunch roughly once a week. Occasionally we’ll go to Wexler’s or Belcampo but, more often than not, we’re at Maccheroni Republic.
We mostly go for pasta, although my dad has scarfed down an entire osso buco, which you’ll see in the pics below. After a heavy lunch like that, I had to practically carry him out of the joint.
All in all, I’m completely in love with the place. Pasta is made in house and is cooked perfectly perhaps 95% of the time. Service is casual and friendly and the space is pleasant without being fussy. It feels very much like a classic Italian trattoria and the price point is great.
I know I’ve sung its praises before but I figured I’d add some photos to go with my praise this time around.
Egg pasta with seafood in a white wine/lemon/butter sauce. The grilled prawns on top… nice! From the specials menu.
Cuffie al Nero di Sepia - squid ink pasta (never seen this particular shape before) with some sort of white fish in a creamy saffron ‘ragout’. Perhaps my favorite of the lot.
Gnocchi with beef and forest mushroom ragout. Classic preparation. Not exactly a light lunch, especially given the enormous portion. Delicious.
The aforementioned Osso Buco. I believe it was on the specials menu. Classic braise served on a bed of creamy polenta.
Another special - squid ink polenta with grilled shrimp and marinara.
Squid ink pasta in a saffron broth with bay scallops, manila clams and shrimp, topped with grilled prawns. Another special. Had this yesterday and it was absolutely fantastic. The amount of seafood you get in a dish under $20 is impressive.
Braised tripe with pasta. This is called something like the “Chef’s Favorite” on the regular menu. I’m not usually a tripe fan but this was unbelievably good. The tripe was fork tender.
Maccheroni Republic DTLA
332 S Broadway
Los Angeles CA 90013