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Jul 11, 2006 07:16 PM

old school Italian -- Eagle Rock, Glendale, etc.?

My daughter wanted to go to Carmine's in South Pasadena for her birthday, but since we're in Silver Lake, I'd rather find something closer. I can't seem to recall those Italian places in Eagle Rock I've heard about...which do the hounds recommend? (She just wants plain spaghetti, blah, but the rest of us would like some decent pasta or veal and a glass of wine.)

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  1. Try THE CAPRI

    4604 Eagle Rock Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90041
    (323) 257-3225

    Some say their thin-crust pies are even better than Casa Bianca's ...

    1. Chowpatty:
      have you been to Fontana on N. Brand? i haven't been but some swear by it.

      Fresco on Brand? i haven't been since they switched chefs, but we liked their menu before

      Michelangelo's in Silver Lake

      Palermo in Los Feliz? (i've never been, but it sure looks old school)

      Aroma on Silverlake Blvd

      Il Fornaio? I know it's a chain but a lot of people love it

      1. You might want to try
        Scarantino's Italian Inn
        1524 E. Colorado Blvd.

        Friendly and good old fashioned Italian-American food. My kids love it. Some family relationship with the erstwhile Dino's of Pasadena, which I think now is actually being refitted into a Scarantino's. I have also heard that Capri has a huge fan club--and have never tried it because it's always been too crowded when we've driven by. Perhaps though they accept reservations.

        Another place my kids are crazy about, which is very campy and has cheap steaks and the usual red-sauced culprits, is Colombo's Steakhouse on Colorado in Eagle Rock. Great red-boothed ambiance, fun barfly bar adjacent, decent martinis and better-than-you'd-expect-in-Eagle Rock live music nightly. I particularly like the rolled spinach lasagna.

        And happy birthday wishes from all of us!

        1. Palermo is VERY old school, I think your daughter would love it, and it is close to you. Casa Bianca is perfect as well. Fresco on Brand is not as good as it used to be.

          1. Capri, Columbo's, Scarantino's -- that's what I was trying to think of! Argh, the brain cells. Thanks, we'll try one of these and report back.