Mora Italiano

4.4
185 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
With a modern ambiance and a hint of romance, the new Mora Italiano in Encino opened its doors in September 2018 to offer the community a long-awaited classy neighborhood restaurant. Proudly offering Los Angeles a cozy hideaway with great music, a heated outdoor patio, and the best Italian cuisine and wine list in town.

Mora Italiano has an extensive selections of wine by the glass and bottle, as well as an array of Italian options such as pastas, pizza, salad and entrees. Mora Italiano is located at 17499 Ventura Blvd in Encino, CA, next to Coral Tree Cafe.

Special Offers

Free Pizza With Bottle Purchase

Every Tuesday-Saturday from 5PM-6PM get a free pizza of your choice with the purchase of ANY bottle of wine!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 8 May 2019

Ends: 9 May 2118

Availability: Tue-Sat 17:00-18:00

What 185 People Are Saying
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MM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great little place, and the food was excellent!

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MO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food very well seasoned Pizza and non tomato pasta spectacular.
Downside no real change in menu .No "specials: thus limited to repeat customers.
Waiting staff has "attitude" Consistent foe three visits!

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N
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dining at Mora Italiano was an overall great experience. We had reservations at 6:30 and were running late. The restaurant accommodated us even with a 30 min late arrival the greeted us warmly an took our request to sit inside (it was still blistering hot in the valley at that time!). Once we were sat I took in the surrounds the cozy space reminded me of exactly dining in Italy. The inside is intimate and set up well. The service was outstanding! Our server Eugene was probably one of the best servers I have ever had. He took his time with us and gave tons of great wine and food suggestion which we took and ending up completely loving. The food was top notch (we devoured everything). Everything down to the pacing, the environment, and the service was hands down the best for any Italian place I've been to in the area. We will definitely be back. Thanks again!

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B
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Our waitress Mary was terrific and accommodating! Pizza was just okay, cold and a little burnt! Tasty but over baked!

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JG
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

wonderful food. nice selection, just the right amount on the plate

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Small neighborhood feel; delicious food, attentive staff.

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LM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Very good food, service was very slow, as it is a new restaurant they are probably figuring it out. Waited about 10 minutes or more for water and greeting from anyone. Waived our corkage in return))

Mora Italiano
Responded on 1 July 2019

Hi Linda, Thank you for your feedback! We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal. We regret that we were not able to greet you sooner, as several tables came in at one time, but we sincerely appreciate your patience. We value your patronage and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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t
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food is excellent, but corkage fee is a little high at $25/bottle.

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l
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food from the pasta to pizza to wine! I love their CACCIO E PEPE!!

The service was superb too. Highly recommend!

Mora Italiano
Responded on 1 July 2019

Thank you for your five star review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your meal. We value your patronage and look forward to serving you again soon!

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AD
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

My girlfriend and I showed up with a reservation and they had no tables available for us. Wait staff was rude and no one greeted us.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

Great low key local spot.
The wine minimum was kind of annoying but tried to overlook since the food was really great.
Our server started out very attentively but slowly faded away as the evening progressed.
We had to wait an inordinately long time to get and pay the bill.

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GG
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really good food, only downside was that it was hard to find parking. Definitely would recommend!

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S
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

The location and overall ambience are good. The food. in general was good, although not great. Unfortunately the service was was very weak which effectively left us with a low opinion. We doubtfully will ever go back.

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s
Los Angeles
311 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

PIZZA WAS GOOD BUT COULD HAVE USED MORE BURRATA. WAITRESS SAID ALL DISHES MADE FOR SHARING YET WHILE SHRIMP FRA DIAVALO WAS GREAT, SHARING MEANS 4 SHRIMP - NOT THREE. BRICK CHICKEN WAS GOOD, NICE WINE LIST

Mora Italiano
Responded on 11 June 2019

Thank you for your feedback! I'm thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your brick chicken - it's my favorite. I will share your comments about the burrata and the number of shrimp with our chef. We value your patronage and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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DW
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Limited menu but what is there is delicious. Good wines. Not inexpensive but not over the top - Good value.

Mora Italiano
Responded on 10 June 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal. While our menu is somewhat limited, we do change it up every month, so please keep coming back to try our seasonal options. We value your patronage and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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b
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service nice menu really good food. Dinner you can share. Scallops were out of this world beet salad was great. And Striped bass was cooked to perfection. Tiramisu was A÷÷÷÷÷÷÷ the waiter was top shelf. We will return

Mora Italiano
Responded on 10 June 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your scallops, beet salad, striped bass and tiramisu. We value your patronage and look forward to serving you again soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Came for dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day and had disappointing experience. Lamb chops were hard & unchewable and were returned. Our waiter

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LB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Food is very good. Service was uneven. Waited a long time for dishes, wine, and waiting for the check. Overall, I like this place and would definitely go back for the food.

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OT
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Excellent food with interesting selections. Service was good.
Small place as we were aware. Patio small & crowded making somewhar noisy.
Fairly expensive but with interesting and varied food dishes & with excellent
extensive selection of wines and beers. Recommend it.

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U
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

One word....terrible.

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3
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and the service was outstanding. The chicken dish we had was far better than a similar
one we had at a high end restaurant in Beverley Hills.

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G
Los Angeles
301 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service with great recommendations. The buratta salad and beet salad was fresh and delicious as well as the pizza

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I lived in Italy for 8 years, so I'm picky about Italian food. Mora serves very good, high quality Italian with creativity and care.

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JR
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A good neighborhood find with great food and good wines. A bit of a limited menu but plenty to still choose from......and service was terrific.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great! Sommelier was very charming and knowledgeable. Food was delicious!

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SB
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our entire dinner from the appetizers to the wine to the main courses was absolutely delicious! The tri-colore salad, beet salad, pasta fra diavlo, bronzino and lamb chops were all superb! the food arrived hot and perfectly prepared and seasoned! Our new favorite Italian restaurant in the Valley!

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TG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was wonderful , we love the pasta w a peppercrust and the Ribeye steak was sooo tender.
The service was great and the they pick a wonderful wine for us.

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ML
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very quaint bistro atmosphere. Solid food preparation and the rib eye was superb - menu is little limited but think it may expand - the Shrimp fra Diavolo was very well prepared. Tiramisu was outstanding - $150 per couple easy parking

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JV
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our favorite Italian food spot in the Valley. Food is absolutely incredible. The pasta is fresh, seasoning is on point, and a fantastic wine selection. A true hidden gem!

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S
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Decent food and good service. Very small tables for two making you feel that you needed to put the bread plate on your knee. Good wine list at fair prices.

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MM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I've driven by this place multiple times and finally had the time to go for dinner. I was very happy and you'll be very happy that you have dinner there. Food was tremendous, the service was great. I'm not a wine guy, but it looks like they have a big selection. No liquor which I what I usually have with a fine dinner. It might not look like much from the outside, but it's got it where it counts!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best cacio e pepe

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JL
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The service was a bit slow, but they are really just working out the kinks of this new establishment. The food was incredible, the new design is traditional with a bit of a modern flair and the staff was incredibly friendly. We will be going back for sure.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, very romantic ambiance, staff is friendly and helpful with recommendations on food and wine

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LI
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

It was a bit disappointing after reading all the good reviews. Our pasta came out very lukewarm and we had to send it back to the kitchen. After we ate our appetizer, they DID NOT offer to give us fresh plates to eat our entrée on. Really! We had to ask. The food was good. But don't ask for anything different. The menu is set. No changes. We may go back to try the pizza.

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G
Los Angeles
301 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Beet carpaccio, margarita pizza, cauliflower appetizer and scallop appetizer. Delicious wine. Only negative is that the restaurant is very dark and you cannot see the beautiful food

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j
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Very good Italian food in a small strip mall in Encino. Friendly service. Excellent pizza.

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DL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The most difficult aspect of this incredible restaurant is finding it and parking. Parked just to the right of a much larger eatery (Coral Tree Cafe) this is one of the finest meals I've ever had. The menu is not huge, but every dish we had was seasoned and cooked to perfection. If you're fortunate enough to get there in time, you must try the Branzino. It's the entire fish, bones in, cooked in butter, lemon and herbs. Absolutely melts in your mouth. My favorite dish was the Cacio E Pepe. If you are a pasta lover, you'll absolutely love this dish. A combination of bucatini (Large Spaghetti-like noodle) mixed with a parmesan reggiano and freshly cut crushed pepper. The flavor is spectacular, and it is served in an usual style, twisted together like a giant rope. Topped off with perfectly cooked Broccolini in a chili, lemon and garlic sauce with a small dollop o watercress pesto, it tops off this wonderful meal perfectly. This is not your typical Italian Restaurant and a dining gift to us all. Don't miss Mora Italiano!!!

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J
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service are pretty good but prices are a bit too much for the restaurant that caliber

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m
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

We went when it first opened and were disappointed but because it is near our home, after a few months, we tried it again. No better. Pizza was not hot--indeed, approaching cold. Waiter (who appeared to also be in charge) was indifferent at best.
I ordered butter lettuce salad and asked if it was all butter lettuce (it had not been the last time). He said he would do that if I wanted it but it is better if mixed with other lettuce. When I pointed out that menu only said "butter lettuce" and anything else would not be in accord with the truth in menu law, he became even more unpleasant.
Photos on wall are wonderful, and he sound track is great. Unfortunately one must eat as well.

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