Donna's - Echo Park

I enjoyed my dinner here and will definitely come back. cozy space reminded me of the red sauce italian places in south philly.

I was surprised when the shrimp scampi secondi hit the table with the apps. I quickly realized why, there was a lot of delicious scarpetta’ing going on with that sauce. ht to the server for coursing it out that way, she knows what’s up.

fried calamari - squid ink aioli, pomodoro, lemon

garlic bread - sourdough, roasted garlic, oregano, parmigiano

fusilli alla vodka - ricotta, chili oil, pecorino romano

spaghetti & meatballs - pomodoro, basil, parmigiano

lasagna rollatini - bolognese, parmesan fonduta, pomodoro

cannoli - candied orange & pistachio


Really enjoyed our meal here Saturday night. Garlic bread, fusilli, lasagna, veal piccata all hit.

Cocktails were awesome too

Dang sounds like the veal piccata was the move. Will have to go back and try again!

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@PorkyBelly has pre ESP lol tries a place while I think about it.

Favorite dishes @PorkyBelly ?

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I like this place too!

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I like their food, but I’m an even bigger fan of the vibe. Partially attributable to the location, but it just feels like a really cool spot with a good crowd. Similar to their other places Lowboy and Bar Flores.


highlights were the garlic bread, shrimp scampi, fusilli and lasagna.


Dinner for 2 lol
Loved the vibe and energy of the place not a transcendent dinner but definitely would return very fun and tasty food


Warrior: It was better than I expected. The wine list was small but smart. The garlic bread was the best I’ve ever had — outstanding! The pasta, while soft, was acceptably al dente to me. The biggest problem with our meal was gross oversalting. The broccoli was inedible, the spaghetti aglio y olio bordered on inedible, and the branzino was negatively impacted by oversalting. There were other problems. The shrimp were mealy, and the branzino was dry. I would probably be writing a somewhat favorable review if it were not for the salting problem. But even putting that aside, I consider the Funke restaurants overwhelmingly superior to Donna’s — with similar flavors — so I can’t see a reason to return.

Peony: I don’t think I’ll go back. It would be decent if the food were not too salty. Lovely environment though.


When do they release reservations? Every time I’ve checked, they’re booked.

I’ve gotten off notify every time.

As far as comparing to Funke they’re such dif things. Donna’s is based on old school red sauce joints. For that reason I ain’t ordering prawns or branzino there and go heavier on the classics like a parm or piccata with my pastas (which I usually do the red sauce ones or the lasagna rolls)


from resy

Reservations are released daily, 28 days in advance of the reservation date at 10am.


Same I got mine off notify.

Our shrimp was delicious my wife is not super into shrimp and she ate the majority of them.

But I agree stick with the red sauce classics

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Current conversion rate is 1 Hayato to 8.437 Donna’s.



I think I created the Hayato Unit Exchange System but I am not sure I understand your implementation.

Does this mean Donnas is 8.437 times easier or harder than Hayato? Or the opposite?



Think of Hayato as the more valuable “currency” and the standard-bearer of difficulty. For every 8.437 successful Donna seating, there is 1.000 successful Hayato seating. LOL. #GettingAcademicHere


got it!
thanks, man!

Yeah @PeonyWarrior I’m surprised your server didn’t guide you to ANY red sauce dishes.

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Actually one thing I didn’t mention was how spectacular the service was.

Waters were always refilled, plates were changed, table was cleaned, dishes were coursed well (unlike leopardo lol) and server was always available without being ever present. Plus the server had recs and opinions, one of my biggest pet peeves is the “what do you like” and “everything is good” type servers.