Consistently great restaurant that I love
It's been a while since anyone reviewed Sor Tino and I felt compelled to finally register for CitySearch to share my opinion. To me, this is one of the best Italian restaurants outside of Italy.
My family is Italian and almost every time we get together for dinner we choose a cozy Italian restaurant to share an evening together. The thing about being Italian is that I've had the pleasure of enjoying some unbelievably good home-cooked meals from my grandmother throughout my life. Great home made pasta sauce, lasagna, cioppino, bragiola, risotto, etc...
Unfortunately, this privilege comes with a price as nearly every Italian restaurant leaves me comparing taste with my grandmother's cooking; ultimately leaving me with a disappointing comparison. And then I was introduced to Sor Tino by some friends that moved to LA several years ago from New York City.
Since that time I've eaten at Sor Tino at least 30 times and have never once been disappointed by the food, service, or experience. I almost never call in advance for reservations and am always greeted with Italian politeness and grace and never wait more than a few minutes for a table.
The food is consistently outstanding... my favorite dish (hands down) is the Risotto Pescatora. It's absolutely outstanding. Their pizzas are fantastic as well and for starters I love the Insalata Carciofi, with shaved parmigiana, artichoke hearts, and hearts of palm.
Sure I like to wine and dine at some of the best places (Mastros, Sasabune, Sushi Roku, The Wilshire, etc...) but there's nothing like having a ""sure thing"" always in your back pocket with a wonderful atmosphere, charming experience, and delightful food.
Part of me almost doesn't want to share this opinion publicly since the reviews of Sor Tino on Citysearch are kind of mixed and unjust... but they deserve a true appraisal of their quality.
So there you have it... enjoy