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Jan 3, 2007 04:10 PM

I love Fritto Misto in Santa Monica

For such an unassuming place, the food is just terrific and reasonably priced. I can't get enough of their fresh ravioli's and different tasty sauces. Last night tried the asparagus ravioli in a delicious garlic butter creme sauce with some spinach tossed in. Came with a huge side salad of greens, gargonzola cheese and walnuts and was only $9.95! If only they had booths and not those rickety chairs...

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  1. A lot of CHers are down on Fritto Misto, and I'm certainly not one to sing high praises for them, but they're not bad. Not great, but not bad.

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    1. re: SauceSupreme

      Hi. Not to be contrary, but I cannot recall a single poor review of Fritto Misto within the past two years. For what it is, it seems to be one of the most recommended casual spots within walking distance of the beach, yet beyond the fray of the promenade...

      1. re: silence9

        I'm one of the Chowhounds who has been a humongous cheerleader for Fritto Misto. But I've got to admit that I've gotten some negative feedback about the place from a few people on these boards. Seems the biggest complaint that I've encountered has been that the pasta is overcooked to their particular taste. To which my response is: If you want your pasta very al dente at ANY restaurant, you have to tell the waiter when you place your order. Otherwise, it's like ordering a hamburger without any specific instructions and then complaining when it isn't served bloody rare.

        1. re: Arthur

          I'm certainly not above trying any place again. I know full well that ownership and kitchen talent can change, as well as my own personal preferences and tastes.

          I'll give Fritto Misto another shot. Perhaps I should be aware of what it is and what it isn't: it isn't going to floor me like an Angelini or even La Terza, but at the same time it's certainly better than Mi Piace or Il Fornaio.

    2. I used to go to the Hermosa Beach branch very frequently (when the BF lived there) and we loved it. I didn't know there was a branch in Santa Monica/Westside till a few weeks ago, when searching for Italian restaurants on Zagat. So happy there is one near me -- we just love it!

      1. I love how they use fresh pasta. I wish they would do something about the lighting, for goodness sakes.

        Great place, though.

        1. I like it. Angelini it's not, but it isn't meant to be that -- it's meant to be exactly what it is. My beef is the ridiculous noise level -- it's crowded and it's damn LOUD.

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            You're right. It can be very loud. If at all possible I get there at 5:30 and sit in the back room at a single table with my book. Or, try having a late lunch on a Saturday or Sunday. The quietness and service is sweet.