Colori Kitchen: A Yearly Visit

Last year, I tried out Colori Kitchen for the first time in January. Service was an issue including giving away our table and the long wait for our meals without apology or clear reasons. Eventually, they gave us 3 desserts on the house to make it up to us. They were very pretty and I could tell a lot of care went into presentation which was odd since I didn’t think much of my lunch (just a penne arrabiata).

apple pie

chocolate pie

zucchini bundt cake

With that in mind, it’s no wonder I didn’t go back until just now. Recently, at Lazy Ox Canteen, I met a wine rep who mentioned he lived near Colori and was going to try it for dinner. He used to work with the chef  and was curious to see how he was faring. When I saw him next and asked, he of course had a great time and told me to try the carpaccio. However, I went back for lunch and maybe I do need to go for dinner because my eye was naturally drawn to the lunch deal- $11.50 for soup or salad, spaghetti and meatballs or pasta putanesca and a drink (lemonade or iced tea).


My friend had the soup as her starter and it was a nice size bowl.

house salad

My salad was very fresh and the dressing was light and tangy.

My friend ordered the putanesca but there was a slight mix-up and she got the arrabiata. The food runner faciliated a quick exchange.

penne putanesca

spaghetti and meatballs

I thought the sauce for my spaghetti and meatballs was really great. I liked the little bits of tomato and tender carrot in it. The meatballs were on the smaller side but definitely more beef than filler. They had a slight bouncy feel. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente giving it a nice chew.

We were too full for dessert despite me remembering how pretty they were.

I was happier with my meal this time around though we still experienced some odd service from our server but the hostess and food runner were quite nice. Perhaps Colori will not be a yearly visit from now on. I wouldn’t mind trying it out for dinner.

Colori Kitchen

429 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-5950