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Help: Need great Italian place in L.A

Kiddo29 Oct 21, 2006 07:07 PM

to host a party of 15. Round tables; great food; full bar. Business casual. View would be a bonus. If not Italian, then Steaks. Helllllllllp.

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    jackattack Oct 21, 2006 07:15 PM

    With 15 you can get a private room upstairs at Maggiano's, at the Grove. I wouldn't call it GREAT but it's good, and the rooms are nice.

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      Das Ubergeek Oct 22, 2006 04:42 PM

      Oh, no. No, no, no. Maggiano's apparently are in league with the people who run the salt mines. It's so salty as to be inedible.

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      Njbaemg Oct 21, 2006 07:49 PM

      Carmines II or Arnie Morton's are good options. Neither are cheap but you'll get great food and service.

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        cls Oct 21, 2006 08:56 PM

        Wow, imho I wouldn't classify Maggiano's or Carmines II as even passable Italian. If you really want "great" Italian, Angelini is probably as close as you can get in LA, I am sure they can make arrangements for a large party (beer and wine.) You could also try Madeo on Beverly. For steaks, Arne Morton's is good and could accommodate a large party, Mastro's imo is better.

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          Adsvino Oct 21, 2006 08:57 PM

          Vincenti has a private table in the front and incredible food.

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            nexxsound Oct 21, 2006 09:15 PM

            Mastro's on Canon Dr. Beverly Hills.

            Best steaks BY FAR. Nothing gets close to it.Very lively,has a piano bar, make sure to request the table upstairs. Good for large groups

            Make sure to order the Lobster potatoes!!

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              russkar Oct 21, 2006 10:39 PM

              A trusted Foodie friend was just at Mastro's last thur at my suggestion and said it has really slipped from what it used to be.
              I suggest CUT , it was really good a couple of weeks ago but it can be hard to get a Resy.

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                nexxsound Oct 22, 2006 02:27 AM

                Thanks, I've heard good things about CUT as well, so we'll have to pay them a visit soon. As for Mastro's, maybe your friend had a bad experience last time. it happened to me before, but we were there last week and it was as good as ever.

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                  russkar Oct 22, 2006 06:09 AM

                  He was there last Thur which is pretty recent to me? The whole dinner (according to him) was not up to par.

            2. Ciao Bob Oct 22, 2006 04:10 PM

              Private Room at Giogio Baldi.
              They can do a full bar if asked.

              1. chica Oct 23, 2006 01:29 AM

                La Terza.

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                  Veggietales Oct 23, 2006 01:41 AM

                  La terza has a private room upstair for you group. Very authentic Italian food.

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                  Kiddo29 Oct 23, 2006 08:33 PM

                  Thanks everyone; will check out some of these great suggestions. I've been to Maggiano's and agree, it's a lot on the salty side.

                  Will report in!

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