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Where to go for Risotto?

sugarcanejane Aug 20, 2006 06:24 AM

I just adore risotto.

Are there any good places in the L.A. area to try for risotto? Thank you for any suggestions!

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    TomSwift Aug 22, 2006 05:53 AM

    Russ and foodie21 are right on the mark. Valentino has had the finest risotto for the past two decades here in LA, and you pick the ingredients. Other joints will be very efficient, serve your table in 20 minutes with par-cooked ingredients, and claim to have a "risotto." Balderdash. Valentino has line cooks dedicated to making risotto, and it surely shows. Yes, it will take 30-40 minutes to prepare a proper risotto, but would you rather go to the dreaded Olive Garden? It is always a special extra course
    in my tasting menu. Enjoy.

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      beatle9 Aug 21, 2006 07:46 AM

      Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills. The risotto with shrimp and ginger has a wonderful flavor combination. You can taste the shrimp stock, but it isn't overpowering by any means.

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        carter Aug 21, 2006 01:24 AM

        Yes, at Max in Sherman Oaks, there is a mushrooom risotto with duck confit, arugula, parmesan and truffle oil. Yum!
        It is really rich, and even though a modest portion, you will not leave hungry!

        1. bodie Aug 20, 2006 09:36 PM

          I have yet to visit but there is a new-ish restaurant on Ventura Blvd in Studio City, called (drum roll please...) Risotto.
          From what I've read, the postings on this board have been quite positive.

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          1. re: bodie
            sugarcanejane Aug 22, 2006 12:17 AM

            I work in Studio City! I will have to find this place. Thank you for the tip.

          2. Bob Brooks Aug 20, 2006 08:18 PM

            One of the best I've had was at La Terza. It was a special at a Saturday lunch. Don't know if it's on the regular menu but certainly worth a call to find out.

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              foodie21 Aug 20, 2006 05:49 PM

              The best risotto I ever had was at Valentino.

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              1. re: foodie21
                russkar Aug 21, 2006 03:28 AM

                Valentino , Period!

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