When the Live Fit Magazine & Films team travels we always look for the best restaurants to introduce to our readers and viewers. A lot of times we turn to the Yelp app on our smart devices for its helpful reviews.
In a strip mall in Artesia, California we found La Tavolata, an Italian pasta cafe; it’s well worth stopping by. The area doesn’t have a lot of Italian restaurants. Artesia is a city in Southeast Los Angeles. It’s between the cities of Cerritos and Norwalk. The town of about 17,000 has a landmark ice ring co-owned by the former Olympic ice skater, Michelle Kwan. And former First Lady, Pat Nixon’s childhood home was here…bordering the Cerritos area. Another landmark in the town is the 50,000- gallon Artesia Water Tower which looks like it holds a lot less and was featured in a couple of movies, according to writings on Wikipedia.
What a great find! It’s not very big and not very fancy but it was perfect for us. The food is delicious and authentic. After you place your order, they serve free fresh garlic bread topped with grated parmesan and sliced tomatoes. They brought us seconds upon request. You’ll likely want more as well.
One of our vegetarian team members had a marinara pasta that was good with very strong tomato-sauce flavor. I tried a favorite on the menu; the fettuccine carbonara was rich with a delicious thick sauce. It was served with small pieces of ham which added flavor and didn’t make it too salty as I thought it might. Both pastas were between $10 – $13 at dinner time. There was also a very nice sauce with white wine, garlic, and chicken broth mixed with pasta that smelled amazing.
A glass of 14 Hands 2010 was just $7. I find this merlot wine is served at many restaurants and is a nice smooth choice.
In this same mall, there are plenty of other options. So if you’re looking for somewhere to dine you are sure to find a place you’ll enjoy. However, I recommend you give La Tavolata a try…you won’t be disappointed.