Though its just a few miles from L.A.’s busiest stretch, Pace feels like it’s in the middle of the nowhere. It’s actually in the residential hillside enclave, Laurel Canyon, right below a sweet little neighborhood grocery store. It’s one of those rare restaurants that works equally well for big, lively dinners with friends or more romantic dates. The food—Italian—is strong, but it’s really more about the cozy, tucked-away vibe than culinary fireworks.

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