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Great Italian in Silver Lake?

SecretAsianMan Oct 13, 2006 11:58 PM

I can remember a review of a small Italian place in the new edition of HUNGRY? but can't remember the name.

Any thoughts?

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  1. tokyoastrogirl RE: SecretAsianMan Oct 13, 2006 11:58 PM

    Was it Il Cappricio or Farfalla? Both are good, particularly Farfalla.

    1. Chowpatty RE: SecretAsianMan Oct 14, 2006 12:01 AM

      I don't have the Hungry right here, but if memory serves, they listed Michaelangelo and Giovanni's in Silver Lake.
      They may have also listed Il Cappriccio and Farfalla, which are in Los Feliz.
      However they missed Aroma, another Italian place to check out in the neighborhood.

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        kproq323 RE: SecretAsianMan Oct 14, 2006 07:24 AM

        Supposedly Allegria is very good. Don't know if they serve alcohol. May have to bring your own.

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          estone888 RE: SecretAsianMan Oct 14, 2006 03:53 PM

          Allegria is Mexican, sort of, really awful, overrated Mexican for people who don't actually like Mexican food - IMHO. As for Italian, Aroma is good, not great, other than that I've never had "great" Italian food in Silverlake, which is a shame since I live in Silverlake.

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            le_bun RE: estone888 Nov 27, 2006 05:42 PM

            I agree, with regards to Alegria. The food was SO salty, it tasted like the cook passed out with the a bag of salt in his hand and dropped it in the pot. Horrible.

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            condiment RE: SecretAsianMan Oct 14, 2006 04:03 PM

            I am extremely fond of Mexican food, and I like Alegria a lot. It's ... different, as much cultural center as restaurant, but the food represents its community as accurately as practically any restaurant I've ever been to. It is not a place to fall into for a quick carnitas plate and a beer.

            As for Silver Lake Italian - it's not as if anybody is holding out on you. There are at best half a dozen Italian restaurants in the L.A. area that even come close to passing muster, and the closest ones to Silver Lake are Tre Venezie in Pasadena and Angeli on Melrose. Aroma is as good as it gets in those zip codes.

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              Fat Billie RE: condiment Feb 22, 2007 11:50 PM

              I have been going to Alegira on Sunset for years. When I had my first taste of their mole, my mind raced back to my childhood. My grandfather would make mole after every big holiday. Instantly, I was in love.

              Over the years, I've gotten to know the owners very well. Yeah, some of the dishes miss the mark. As the menu a reflection of the area, yes. However, as a cultural center, I could not agree more. I have shared many meals with family and friends there. I have also made great friends there as well.

              As far as Italian in Silverlake, the few in the neighborhood as fair/good. Just go to Farfalla in Los Feliz, and make a reservation!!!

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              kproq323 RE: SecretAsianMan Oct 14, 2006 06:20 PM

              Actually it was Aroma. Too many restaurants starting with the letter A. Too bad about Aroma, was actually going to try it myself.

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                Bon Vivant RE: kproq323 Oct 14, 2006 06:48 PM

                I say try it and see for yourself. I went at lunch once (no wait) and I was very happy with my pasta dish and my mother's (we shared).

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                fleurdli14 RE: SecretAsianMan Oct 14, 2006 09:09 PM

                try da gianinno's (sorry if i butchered the spelling) on hyperion near trader joe's. haven't been there in a while, but i remembered really liking that place last time i went.

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                  HungryGirl RE: SecretAsianMan Oct 14, 2006 11:53 PM

                  I'm still mourning the loss of Cafe Capri in Silver Lake, which was the most authentic I had found in the area with homemade pasta and a husband/wife team that treated you like family. I just noticed the building is open again so I'm wondering if it's new ownership or an entirely new restaurant.

                  Anyway, I'm always on the prowl for good Italian and we just wrote up La Buca, over by Paramount. Supposedly they'll be closed for a couple weeks later this month, but otherwise otherworldly (in a good way...).


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                    SteveInSoCal RE: HungryGirl Nov 4, 2006 11:30 PM

                    tne couple that owned Capri now have a much nicer place on Myrtle in Old Monrovia

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                      kellydeez RE: SteveInSoCal Feb 5, 2007 03:00 PM

                      They do??? What is it called??? Any info???

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                        SteveInSoCal RE: kellydeez Feb 22, 2007 10:00 PM

                        Bella Sera on Myrtle Hers the link:


                  2. SecretAsianMan RE: SecretAsianMan Oct 15, 2006 04:03 AM

                    Thank you, Chowhounders!

                    It was Michelangelo that was on my mind. We went, we ate and we loved it. The risotto funghi and the pizza vegetariana were excellent as was the zuccotto we managed to pile in for dessert. The service was like meeting and old friend. We loved the ambiance and it made for a special night out.

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                      Silverlaker RE: SecretAsianMan Oct 15, 2006 08:46 PM

                      About once a week, we order delivery from Michelangelo's so also keep that in mind snce there's not a lot of delivery options in the neighborhood. We like Mich and Da Giannino's -- we use to go more to Aroma but feel that the quality has slightly gone down as it got more popular (and the prices def went up).

                      1. slowcooker RE: SecretAsianMan Feb 5, 2007 02:09 PM

                        Aroma is fantastic. I haven't noticed any decline in yumminess. Veal Aroma is particularly great.

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                          AdamFoodie RE: SecretAsianMan Feb 22, 2007 10:09 PM

                          well it's not in silverlake but in hollywood, VIVOLI CAFE on sunset and laurel(same parking lot as gaucho grill). AMAZING food, TOTALLY authentic, GREAT service, and most of all INEXPENSIVE.

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