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Walking Distance of the Music Center? An Italian Place across from DWP?

barham turner Oct 10, 2006 05:50 PM

I'm meeting a friend tonight for dinner before "Doubt." She wants to park at the Music Center and go to someplace nearby. I've told her the dining situation there is DIRE. I won't eat at Pinot Grill again (the restaurant on the plaza). They can't even get a hamburger right.

I'm remembering that Chowhounders have posted about an Italian place, maybe across the street from DWP and the Dorothy Chandler. I can't remember the name. Any other ideas? I don't care for Patina, and I've heard that Kendall's is awful. Help! TIA. P.S. I have done several Chowhound searches but can't find anything within walking distance.

  1. barham turner Oct 10, 2006 10:49 PM

    After all that, my dining companion cancelled -- pet emergency -- so Promenade will have to wait until another time. I will report back and in the meantime, thanks so much for the great suggestions.

    1. barham turner Oct 10, 2006 10:05 PM

      Thanks a lot, folks. I've made a reservation at Promenade and filed the others for future occasions, of which there will be many. I'll report back.

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        condiment Oct 10, 2006 08:28 PM

        The estimable Japanese noodleshop Daikokuya is an easy 10 minute walk from the Music Center, a straight shot down First Street, and is suitable both before and after a show. The northwest side of downtown has been food-impaired for going on four decades now.

        For a swankier dinner, Robert Gadsby's restaurant Noe in the Omni is quite good, or at least was before he split his attention between Noe and its Houston spinoff. Just three or four blocks walk.

        1. m
          markn Oct 10, 2006 06:59 PM

          What about Tesoro Trattoria, 300 S Grand. Any opinions on this place?

          4 Replies
          1. re: markn
            slacker Oct 10, 2006 07:13 PM

            Tesoro is good. Don't know if there's a music center shuttle from there, don't know if that's considered walking distance to the OP, because if it is, then other options open up.

            1. re: markn
              Mr. Cookie Oct 10, 2006 07:13 PM

              I ate there a few years back and it was utterly forgettable. Perhaps they've made improvements since then.

              1. re: Mr. Cookie
                slacker Oct 10, 2006 07:19 PM

                I used to eat there all the time, it's probably been a couple of years. It is not Locanda Veneta, but it is good.

              2. re: markn
                ipsedixit Oct 10, 2006 07:54 PM

                Only thing I like at Tesoro are the (gratis) garlic rosemary bread.

              3. m
                Mr Etler Oct 10, 2006 06:58 PM

                Ciao Trattoria
                815 West 7th Street
                Los Angeles, CA 90017

                Ciao is recently under new ownership, so call to confirm they will give you a ride to the music center. last i went 6/06 they did. oh the food, umm, yep, very good. get the history on the building too, interesting.

                1. j
                  Jack Flash Oct 10, 2006 06:29 PM

                  I like Promenade. There were some recent reports of a downturn, but my last meal there (several months ago) was fine.

                  Here's a tip: if you eat dinner there, you can park for FREE (validation) in their underground parking area. Just be sure to tell them you're going to an event, as the service can sometimes slow down.

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                  1. re: Jack Flash
                    modernist Oct 10, 2006 06:39 PM

                    pacific dining car has a shuttle to the music center. if youre looking for meaty old school...

                  2. v
                    vewyfunny Oct 10, 2006 06:16 PM

                    I believe that would be Promenade Ristorante 710 W. 1st Street.
                    (213) 437-4937.

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