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jiffymatt Nov 25, 2006 11:05 PM

I will west la this week on business near Santa Monica and Ave of the Stars. Love northern Italian, any thoughts would be very appreciated. Thanks.

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    sherpa50 Nov 26, 2006 06:21 AM

    Da Pasquale is on Santa Monica Blvd, just a short distance east of Ave of the Stars (easy parking in the structure in the back). It never disappoints - and the staff is very friendly. They are closing for a couple of weeks in December for their annual trip to Italy, so call before you go.

    By the way, the are Neopolitan, not northern, but don't let that stop you.

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      mattesq Nov 26, 2006 05:36 PM

      Locanda Veneta. Northern Italian. Pretty well hyped place that can sometimes not live up, but overall pretty good.

      http://www.locandaveneta.com/

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        Francesca Nov 26, 2006 05:44 PM

        Il Moro, it's Northen Italian. Olympic and Purdue on the Westside between Century City and Santa Monica. 310-575-3530 or try their website. You won't be disappointed.

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          Hunter Nov 26, 2006 07:07 PM

          For good food and a taste old Hollywood, (ask for the Nancy and Ronald Reagan booth), try La Dolce Vita on Little Santa Monica at Wilshire. If your lucky, Frank Sinatra will show up.

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            igj Nov 26, 2006 07:47 PM

            "If your lucky, Frank Sinatra will show up."

            Well, that would be supernaturally lucky...

            From that part of Century City, Beverly Hills is easy striking distance and that opens up the possibilities of Enoteca Drago and Il Pastaio, both covered regularly on this board.

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            BonnieG Nov 27, 2006 02:43 AM

            Pizzicotto in Brentwood is fabulous! A bit too crowded with tables right on top of each other but the food & service is outstanding. I agree with Francesca, Il Moro is great as well!

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              jscherzer Nov 27, 2006 06:00 AM

              Also try La Bottega Marino and Il Grano on Santa Monica and Butler. La Bottega Marino is a pretty awesome little deli, and Il Grano is a bit more formal but still worth it for the seafood. An offshoot of Marino's and most definitely related to the Larchmont La Bottega Marino, if you're a purist. (family business). Great service, great food, and very affordable.

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