All big cities have great restaurants, Los Angeles is no exception.
Before the economic crisis, and before I had a toddler, I devoured the fabulous restaurants in this city. Now my husband and myself always have to consider (unless we are dining on our own, which we don’t do so often) where to go, and it has to be kid friendly.
Lavish restaurants don’t do the trick. Not to mention that our budget just doesn’t allow for them anymore. So, we’ve settled for far less formal affairs that might include roasted chicken and potatoes, pasta, even pizza. My daughter is not an easy, or good eater. So, we have to make certain there are things on the menu that she will at least nibble on. She likes pasta a lot, so whenever we go somewhere if that’s on the menu, it’s doable.
Rosti Tuscan Kitchen is a family friendly, very casual restaurant, which is nice. No-frills, just the way toddlers enjoy it. Just as the restaurant’s name suggests the dishes are homey, with an Italian falir. The food is informal, yet they do carry alcoholic beverages, and if you enjoy wine, it’s available. So, it’s not your neighborhood pizza joint, although they do boast good pizzas.
My daughter ate quite well there, as did we. I also found out that the restaurant’s owner is involved in many community causes and gives away free pizza to little league big home run hitters. Find out more here.
The restaurant has a great atmosphere and when we were there it was buzzing with family diners. This is definitely a place to consider if you have children, and if you are looking for something informal but still hoping to get a pleasant dining experience.
During our visit we had a chicken dish, that came with roasted potatoes and vegetables, and the chicken milanese (one of my husband’s favorites) my daughter had the cheese pizza. Everyone enjoyed their meal, and I can see why this is a place that families with small children will likely visit time and time again.
We visited the Encino location. However, Rosti has a location in Santa Monica as well (locations are pictured below).