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Good Italian in Sherman Oaks?

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jlisa1 Jul 18, 2006 05:28 PM

Does anyone know of a good italian place for dinner that isn't too expensive somewhere around sherman oaks?

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    akayv Dec 17, 2006 07:27 PM

    yeah i've been to cucina bene quite a few times. the food is great. i especially like the ravioli and the chicken marsala is exceptional. the desserts are also amazing.

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      TomSwift Jul 20, 2006 04:07 PM

      Keep your eye peeled for the new Cucina Bene on Sepulveda across from Whole Foods that is slated to open very soon. The space is built out beautifully and the owner promises great pizza and food.

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        carter Jul 20, 2006 04:24 PM

        And hopefully not to be confused with the nearby Sisley!

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        Lipps Jul 20, 2006 01:29 AM

        You forgot that the pizza at Spumoni is one of the best in the city...

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          Wes Jul 19, 2006 10:03 PM

          We like Maria's Kitchen for the Cesare Salad and the Carbonara with your choice of pasta.

          The bread and tableside olive oil and balsamic vinegar is a great start.

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            Jerome Jul 19, 2006 06:12 AM

            For italo american - anna maria's kitchen at Fulton has scungilli and is pretty trad. panzanella has good dishes - the tiramisu makesa good porcini risotto. La Pergola - everything is fresh but for teh price, lackluster. i'd go next door to la frite fora soup anytime first.

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              Das Ubergeek Jul 19, 2006 04:28 PM

              Do you mean Maria's Italian Kitchen at Dixie Canyon and Ventura? If so, it's a chain and it's not bad, but you do have to be aware of what you order -- soups especially are always too salty, but the calamari is really good at the Sherman Oaks location.

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              Jwsel Jul 18, 2006 06:33 PM

              Spumoni fits the bill. It is an inexpensive Mom and Pop-type Italian with good food. The bolognese is fantastic.

              http://spumonirestaurant.com/

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                gossamered Jul 18, 2006 08:59 PM

                My parents and all their friends from the Italian-American
                club they belong to love Spumoni.
                I think it's some of the best Italian food I've had - and
                it doesn't hurt that everyone who works there is beyond
                great!!

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                  mar52 Jul 19, 2006 01:52 PM

                  If you love gnochi or have never tasted it Spumoni is a must.

                  They make it fresh and their sauces are delicious.

                  Not any of that prepackaged frozen stuff at Spomoni.

                  Simply delicious.

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                    Das Ubergeek Jul 19, 2006 04:29 PM

                    Spumoni has spoiled me for gnocchi forever -- I don't even make them at home, because I can't make them as lightly as they do. The calamari appetiser (it's not fried) is so good I literally eat the sauce at the end with a spoon.

                    The other dishes are serviceable but not noteworthy.

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                carter Jul 18, 2006 06:19 PM

                After trying Tiramisu, Panzanella, Fabs, Maria's, and La Pergola, I find you cannot tell the differences with any great degree, and they are all just ho-hum, and a blindfolded diner could not separate them.
                Some on this board enjoy spumoni on Ventura just west of Van Nuys, but I have not tried it. Have had a good enough dinner at Oliva on Van Nuys Blvd. just north of the Shell station at Moorpark.
                Good luck.

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                  Hughlipton Jul 18, 2006 08:16 PM

                  One really great big vote for Oliva. Rack of lamb is fabulous. I have them make me the linguine with garlic, olive oil, parmesean cheese and red pepper flakes for a light meal.

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                    Muhlyssa Jul 18, 2006 09:18 PM

                    I agree with Carter, they are all about the same, Tiramisu, Panzanella, Fabs, Maria's, and La Pergola are extremely average. I think Il Tiramisu might be slightly better than the others mentioned. I have not been to Oliva. I'd lump Spumoni in with the average ones except for the calimari and gnocci dishes, those are special.

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                    Bria Silbert Jul 18, 2006 06:03 PM

                    I've eaten here and found it to be romantic, very enjoyable, tasty and not abhorrently expensive.

                    http://www.iltiramisu.com/

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                      Diana Jul 18, 2006 08:24 PM

                      I second Il Tiramisu..a super bonus is tha amazing service. Peter always treats us like GODS!

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