8343 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004533.961647 -118.421018
Neighborhoods: Westchester, West LA
Mama Mia! – The best value Italian food comes from this small, hidden treasure. Alejo's has the BEST fried calamari appetizer (and they give you A LOT!). They also serve this garlic oil with the complimentary bread that hits the right spot for garlic lovers. As far as the Italian dishes go, the marinara sauce is what makes them, whether it be Eggplant Mama Mia or the Chicken Parmigiana. I can't say that I was too impressed with the Canneloni or the Fruits de Mer spaghetti dishes, but the Spaghetti Carbonara was HEAVENLY! The prices are reasonable since the quality is so great.
Great Food, reasonably priced – I had the Eggplant parm, and it was excellent. The bread is fantastic. Overall, everybody in our group thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. This was my first time, and I will definetely be going back.
User review by un4g – The best italian chopped salad I have ever had. The chicken marsela is great.
LA's Best Value Italian – Can you believe one of the best Italian restaurants in the city is in Westchester?? Not too far from LAX is a great, cozy restaraunt along a mini restaurant row.
Great value and very popular with the locals, get there early or the wait can be long!!
Great ravioli, clams and linguini dishes!!
Every neighborhood should have such a insititution!
Great Food! – The margarita pizza and chopped salad are all you need! oh, besides the bread and garlic oil! I don't even like pizza, but I'll eat it here anytime! They don't tell you, but, you can substitute sauteed spinach (or broccoli) for your pasta side dish, with chicken dishes (Excellent chicken picatta). The spinach is much more flavorful and healthy!
the best all-aroudn italian ever! – as always, i love this place. italian food has always been one food category where "making it taste good enough" is not hard, but "making it taste wonderful is a grand challenge." i love the food. it is fresh, flavorful, and refreshing. the shrimp al diablo is absolutely perfect! the service is comparable to a hearty, loving family. the atmosphere is that special family corner where everyone is seated comfortably right next to each other (you never need much space between friends and family). this is a must do at least once a month. bring your own wine (beer/alcohol), there's no corkage fee. while the wait can be trying on friday and saturday nights, it's worth the moment.
Agreed! Pretty good, but why the hype? – I agree with basically everything one of the previous reviewers had to say. I went to this place expecting something quite excpetional based on all of the glowing reviews. I was a little underwhelmed. The food was good, but by no means great. It was abundant and reasonably priced, but it was just not really remarkable in any way. Also, I felt a bit rushed and cramped in this place. So, I think that in future I will just be prepared to spend a couple of extra dollars (and no more than a couple) to go have a remarkably nice plate of homemade ravioli at Giovanni's. The atmosphere there is lovely and homey, and there I never feel rushed or crowded.
Good, Inexpensive, Simple, not Exciting – My wife and I went by recommendations on this site and found it to be a pleasurable experience. It's not romantic or lovely in any way - it's a fast-paced, noisy, diner-style eatery. We were sat promptly and served promptly.
The bread was okay and the olive oil had plenty of fresh garlic, however, we never got a refil of olive oil and it wasn't great quality oil either. the pasta was good, tasted homemade, and the sauces were nice. The beef lasagne was quite good. we didn't get a salad - didn't look too good, if you're a fresh greens type of person.
Portions are large - basically lots of pasta and sauce. Enjoyed it, but nothing exciting or of great quality.
Pasta--and lots of it – Who needs Buco di Beppo when there's Alejo's? The food here is excellent and the prices are even better. Come here with a large group and take over the dining room. A whole party can dine in style for under $20.
Great food for little $$$ – This is how pasta should be. Good, full of flavor, and inexpensive. The warm bread they bring is great. The Washington/Lincoln location is always packed and really too small for the amount of people that go through, but that's what happens when you're good. I can't wait until they open up an Eastside side location.
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