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Best Italian in Los Angeles

runcmg727 Jul 19, 2006 05:45 AM

So I posted before about great italian in the southbay. I decided to broaden my horizon and expand my posting to all of LA County. I'm always down to drive if good food is the end result! So I'm looking for reccomendations to great authentic italian food in a laid back, preferably outdoor atmosphere.

Thanks in Advance,

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    globalgourmet RE: runcmg727 Jul 19, 2006 07:37 AM

    Il Boccaccio at, of all places, the mall just off the pier in Hermosa Beach. Best lasagna I've ever had, but Joe does an amazing job with all his dishes. It's on the beach so you can dress as casual as you want. Service is uneven but the food is just superb. Not cheap, but excellent.

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      cls RE: runcmg727 Jul 19, 2006 12:39 PM

      For me, Angelini is the only passable authentic Italian in LA, and there are some outdoor tables. Madeo's is OK. Neither one of them makes truly great Italian though, for that you have to go to Italy.

      Angelini Osteria
      7313 Beverly Blvd

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        Bria Silbert RE: runcmg727 Jul 19, 2006 07:59 PM

        Has anyone been to Capo's in Santa Monica? I'd be eager to get a review (yes, I know it's VERY expensive) of that place. Bria

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          rezpeni RE: runcmg727 Jul 19, 2006 11:03 PM

          I second Angelini Osteria. Every meal I've had there has been memorable. For more everyday, homey Italian I vote La Buca.

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            ibrndubs RE: runcmg727 Jul 24, 2006 11:49 PM

            I'm a HUGE fan of Ago.
            Never had a bad meal here.

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              GVDub RE: runcmg727 Jul 25, 2006 12:57 AM

              Il Moro at Olympic and Purdue is superb. We went to a tasting dinner there where the owner and chef put together a menu of homestyle Northern Italian dishes (including a spectacular rabbit in sweet and sour sauce and a chicken liver risotto that were to die for). Big thumbs up!

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                jessejames RE: runcmg727 Jul 25, 2006 01:28 AM

                i gotta go with drago, picollo paradiso (brothers from sicily own these joints) for killer bottarga spaghetti, risottos, all sorts of amazing pastas...

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                  Francesca RE: runcmg727 Jul 25, 2006 01:56 AM

                  thumbs most up for Il Moro, but any of the places mentioned above are excellent.

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                    MareZeeDotes RE: runcmg727 Jul 25, 2006 02:14 AM

                    I probably shouldn't post this because I haven't actually been there, but Pecorino is supposed to be pretty delicious. Anybody been?

                    I will agree with cls - Angelini is very tasty and authentic.

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