I just returned from a trip to Rome and had an amazing dinner at Tullio, known to be one of the best, authentic, Italian restaurants in Rome. I can compare my recent dinner at Via Veneto in Santa Monica to that dinner in Rome, both were seriously authentic and I loved them both. Like Tullio, it’s hard to get a reservation at Via Veneto. They’re both small spaces with aggressive, knowledgeable waiters who really do know more about the menu and food than you do.

Via Veneto
Relaxing after a great dinner

On a recent Friday night, I had a great dinner with some amazing Italian wine at Via Veneto. Here are some images and you can read all the details on my Examiner.com review here.

Via Veneto in Santa Monica
The space is small and elegant, but not crowded
Italian Barbera wine
Maraia Barbera del Monferrato from Marchesi di Barolo
Carpaccio with shaved black truffles and parmigiano

Ravioli at Via Veneto
Lobster, asparagus and pumpkin ravioli
Fettuccine Bolognese
Fettuccine Bolognese
Risotto with sausage and saffron
Risotto zafferano e salsiccia, risotto with saffron and sausage

Italian dessert
Custard with a berry sauce
Chocolate tart
A chocolate tart