We've been to Italy many times, and this is one of the most authentic trattorias we've been to...in the menu, in the atmosphere, and in the service. We were greeted warmly by the owner, who was from Rome, and indulged my attempts at speaking Italian with her. The menu was different that most standard Italian restaurants, which offer the same 3 or 4 pastas with the same 3 or 4 sauces, and the same selection of chicken, veal, or fish with the same 3 or 4 toppings. The appetizers, pastas, and secondi were creative and unique, while still being authentic to the Italian kitchen. I believe all dishes are made in-house and no microwaves are used. Other reviewers who commented on portion sizes, should realize that in Italy the portions are pretty similar to those at Vino & Cucina. A pasta course alone was never meant to be large enough to feed a hungry man at dinner. They are a first course, to be preceded by appetizers and followed by a meat course. Or they may be eaten as a single course at lunch. See my photos to believe that portion sizes are not skimpy at all. We ate so well at dinner, in fact, that we had to share a dessert. It was a house made Napoleon with fresh berries. We were so enamored of the place that we returned the following night for dessert. The cannoli were great, but my favorite was the chocolate gelato. I wasn't impressed with the custard in the profiterole, but the chocolate sauce on top was first rate (not Hershey's syrup either!) By the way, try a half carafe of the house red wine. It was wonderful, as was the Italian sauvignon blanc (which I don't recall the name of). The prices were reasonable, especially for California. This trattoria will be on our list every time we go to Long Beach. Parking is easy and free on the street, with an extra free lot behind the building. They have a pizzeria and gelato store next door, but it was not open the evening we were there. It was busy on Friday and Saturday night, so you may want to make a reservation so you won't be disappointed. Buon appetito!
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