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Aug 29, 2006 05:12 AM

No pressure, just the most important pizza of my life

I need you people BADLY. My ideal wedding rehearsal dinner is in jeopardy.

This dinner, set for Oct. 6, is going to involve at least 20 people. I am on a budget. I would prefer a brick-oven pizza place with an outdoor patio that can be reserved for large private parties. I want a setting where people will be up, mingling, relaxed, and waiters just keep bringing out pizza without being asked until everyone is so stuffed they just roll right out of there. Waiters could also maybe bring out salads that people could eat at the tables. On BYOB vs in-house wine list, I am undecided; as long as my wallet doesn't get thrashed, I can keep an open mind. The place doesn't need to be Dominick's-elegant, just not dirty.

Seems simple enough, except I cannot, cannot, cannot find such a place.

The three guys who run 3rd Stop on 3rd Street in LA are adorable and friendly, and they have nice brick-oven pies, but they refuse to reserve tables for me; I would have to send my mother to the place at like 5 pm on the day of my dinner, to put little paper "reserved" tents on the tables, and just pray that some soccer mom isn't having her kid's birthday party that day.

I liked the idea of Nicky D's in Silverlake until I read the thread on them. Now I am frightened.

I hear Pizza Bianca is lovely, but I've no idea if they have a patio.

I love the loopy, that's-amore feel of Miceli's, but their banquet room needs like a bazillion-dollar guarantee or something.

Can anyone help me? Find me a place and there just might be a slice in it for you.



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  1. try farfalla in los feliz...i love their pizza.

    i held a b-day party there for 24 people. they gave me a table in the middle of the restaurant and we served group salad, pizza, pasta, and dessert all for about $17/person not including drinks.

    their sister restaurant has an outdoor seating area 1/2 block down which may be more private for you, or if you come early enough, they may allow you to take the back of the wine bar.

    call farfalla and ask for andreas. he's the greatest.

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    1. re: revets2

      Absolutely, Farfalla is the best for this sort of thing... Andreas is the man!

    2. How about the patio @ Angeli's?

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      1. re: archer

        angeli's is a fine idea. i second that.

        1. re: revets2

          I just called the Angeli Caffe in LA and they don't have a patio. Which Angeli do you mean?

          1. re: keppele

            It's been a long time since I've eaten there (I've ordered out from there more recently); I seem to remember a patio off of Melrose from some years ago, but I must have been mistaken. My apologies. However, if you decide to forego the patio, I imagine that they would do a great job w/ your pizza dinner inside.

            1. re: keppele

              Did they say whether they could accomodate your party within the restaurant? Their sausage/ onion pizza is our current favorite in L.A.

              Please report on your decision & results!

              1. re: Babette

                I'm not real into 24 people seated at a big table; I just don't think it's good times, at least not for this crowd, so I'm not pursuing table seating at Angelli. Sallying forth with a quest for a private room or patio!

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          1. They have a good patio, and good pizza, at Nicky Ds in Siverlake. It would depend upon how big your party is, how classy you want the party to be, how much you want to spend, and if Silverlake is convenient for your purposes, but I like both the patio and the pizza there, especially when freshly prepared.


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            1. re: DanaB

              Agreed! Don't be scared by the reviews. I've never, NEVER had bad service or pizza at Nicky D's. In fact, I've always thought everyone there was so nice--

            2. Domenico's in Monrovia has a) excellent pizza and b) an INdoor patio. Not sure how this meets your needs but I thought it worth mentioning.