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barbpullan Jun 30, 2006 08:18 PM

has anyone had any really good spagetti and meatballs in la? where??

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  1. Dommy RE: barbpullan Jun 30, 2006 08:31 PM

    My favorite is Al Gelato. Their meatball is HUGE and well spiced. However, the sauce is a bit on the sweet side (which I love with the meat and bread... others... not so much...)

    --Dommy!

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      George RE: Dommy Jun 30, 2006 08:35 PM

      I need to second Dommy. I can't speak for the spaghetti, since I always always get the gnocchi at Al Gelato. The meatball is, as stated, HUGE, which is actually how I've had it served to me in Italy. The sauce is sweet, helped along by the mountains of fennel seeds they put in. Al Gelato fixes me up when I'm missing NYC--or mom's cooking. Pretty good pizza there too. But then maybe you go for the gelato???

    2. Dommy RE: barbpullan Jun 30, 2006 08:45 PM

      The Gelato and PIES... they are outrageous!! :) Also really good soup too and their Tuna Salad Sammich is amazing...

      http://losangeles.citysearch.com/prof...

      It's cash only and the owner can be a bit 'cold' but this is really one of my fave places in LA! :)

      --Dommy!

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        barbpullan RE: Dommy Jun 30, 2006 08:50 PM

        Wow, that place sounds amazing! I will definitely check it out, thank you. Weird that it's cash only. I like Dan Tana's for spagetti/meatballs - have you ever had it there? Very old school...

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          Dommy RE: barbpullan Jun 30, 2006 08:57 PM

          Never been because I'm not a steak eater... I might have to now because I LOVE Spaghetti and Meatballs! :)

          Thanks!

          --Dommy!

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        BabyLitigator RE: barbpullan Jun 30, 2006 08:51 PM

        On the other end of the spectrum is the bucatini con polpette at Il Pastaio in BH. Tiny meatballs, but damned good, and a lot easier to eat.

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          David Kahn RE: BabyLitigator Jun 30, 2006 09:36 PM

          Agree. Absolutely delicious.

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          kevin RE: barbpullan Jun 30, 2006 09:00 PM

          They've always been just cash only, it's not that expensive but not that cheap either. think on 15 per each order of spahgetti and meatballs or rigatoni and meatballs.

          i think their food is much better than their gelato.

          but as a side note, their toasted coconut gelato with a little whipped cream to ride shotgun is pretty darn good. this is nowhere near exceptioinal gelato, but good. i prefer mc connell's over this stuff (but thean agin mc c's is considered ice cream).

          also, the apple pies here are terrible, way too large, and sickly sweet, other hounds love it.

          and the cheese pizza margherita here, once again has that sweet sauce but this is in my humble opinion one of the best pies in all of LA, better than their meatballs.

          if eating there, bring at least 20-25 per person just in case, oh, and food here is easily sharebable. since the meatballs are so huge and the pizzas can be split (i like to eat the whole small pies, but they are not exactly individual servings).

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            Dommy RE: kevin Jun 30, 2006 09:04 PM

            Another little quirk... they do have a split charge when eating in (That is why I take most of mine to go)... it's minor... so definatly order more than one thing when eating in... :/

            --Dommy!

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            dtud RE: barbpullan Jul 2, 2006 02:40 PM

            i really like the spaghetti & meatballs at dan tanas, matteo's and (shocker) daily grill.

            all three have their own different atmosphere. dan tana's is more clubby/hip; matteo's (on westwood blvd.) is more old school dark. daily grill is a chain and family friendly.

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              natincali RE: barbpullan Jul 7, 2006 01:37 AM

              believe it or not, the spaghetti and meatballs at Jones [wEST hOLLYWOOD] is so good!

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                Lipps RE: natincali Jul 8, 2006 05:58 AM

                I have found most of the food at Jones to be surprisingly good. Never been a fan of Al Gelato red sauce - way too sweet for me.

                Best meatballs/meat sauce? Drago, Angeli, Vincenti

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                yoyo RE: barbpullan Jul 7, 2006 07:09 AM

                A neighbor of mine recommends this place when I was living in Alhambra about five years ago. I was never impress from the look of this place so never gave it a try till recently.(Superficial) I never knew meatballs were suppose to taste that good. The meatball is huge. It is tender with slight bread crumb texture. It gets pretty busy on the weeknights.

                Angelo's Italian Restaurant
                1540 W Valley Blvd
                Alhambra, CA 91803-2322
                (626) 282-0153

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                  jotoll RE: barbpullan Jul 8, 2006 04:04 AM

                  I have always been partial to Palermo's in Los Feliz-- it has a great family atmosphere, good, inexpensive wines and great, inexpensive, basic Italian food.

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