Anatra Puts a Twist on Italian Cuisine in Downtown LA
Risotto, game, and other Northern Italian delicacies, with a French touch, now at Anatra in DTLA Fashion District
The Fashion District in Downtown LA is changing at a fast pace and Anatra is one of the faces of this change. The chef Peyman Rasi is trained in classical French cuisine but loves Northern Italian food. His education and his passion for both are clear in the menu at Anatra.
Even though it’s surrounded by casual eating establishments, Anatra offers an upscale experience, with its wide bar, a wine room and refined aesthetic.
The wine list focuses on French and Italian offerings (pay attention to Piedmont favs Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, and Nebbiolo) and surprises with moderate prices, especially compared with the average for Downtown LA.
What’s good at Anatra, Downtown LA
While I found the Buffalo Mozzarella with Tomatoes ($15) good, it seems to be at odds with the chef’s Northern Italian inspiration, if we wanna be picky, since mozzarella di bufala is a typical Southern Italian delicacy.
A real gem is the Seared Foie Gras with Poached Pears, Brioche and Cardamom Caramel ($19). A rich, French dish that comes to new life with a touch of cardamom, in ode of the Middle Eastern origins of the chef. It cuts through the richness of the foie gras and brioche and gives it a new nutty, aromatic note.
Risotto ($19), a staple of Northern Italian cuisine, is dressed up with mushroom, spinach, taleggio, and a perfectly cooked pheasant. The chef knows how to prepare game. It’s a creamy, comforting dish, yet really elegant. The taleggio, with its strong ripened aroma, could have overpowered the delicate meat, but it’s well balanced.
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The star of the night was a juicy, tender New York Prime Steak, served with Fontina Gnocchi and Roasted Asparagus. High quality ingredients, treated with love and respect, following the Italian tradition.
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A special mention for hospitality: their Italian waiters provided us with great service, attentive without being overwhelming.
WARNING: Anatra is perfect for a date night. It’s warm, intimate and was definitely needed in DTLA Fashion District.
This review of Anatra Restaurant is based on a complimentary meal. Cover photos by Cinzia Giorgi for Foodiamo. Other photos courtesy of Randy Levine. All rights reserved.
Where: 217 E 8th St #117, Los Angeles, CA 90014
When: Sun, Tue-Thu, 6-10pm; Fri-Sat 6-10:30pm
Phone: (213) 395-0637