Want to be transported to NYC whilst never leaving LA? Terroni's location on the corner of Curson and Beverly Blvd., a block north of The Grove, places it in the midst of a great collection of 'LA-type' restaurants but it definitely separates itself from the pack with its atmosphere. You know those places that try and imitate New York City and it just comes off as trying too hard? That doesn't happen here. This place is legit in character.
Step one foot through the front door and the loud, collective, echo of dozens of conversations, clinking, and laughter smacks more of a NY 'eatery' than your run-of-the-mill LA restaurant. The lights are appropriately dimmed, the Italian styling is tastefully done. No red and white check tablecloths here - but there is a giant red 'Cucina' sign behind the open kitchen reminding you, just in case you forgot, that you're eating Italian food.
As with any great Italian restaurant, the bresaola and carpaccio are both amazing. Trust. Both served with greens and shaved parmesan; they should be eaten with your first glass of wine or a martini.
Judging by the menu, they've got their pizzas down. Try one. With white ones, red ones, meaty options, veggie options, and some more ambitious creations: you'll find something. Better yet, get two different ones with your dinner date and get to try two!
Rounding out the meal with an espresso and an equally Italian dessert is compulsory of course.
Only one criticism here: the service, depending on how busy it is, can be either amazing, or a bit abrupt and rushed.