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Jan 5, 2007 09:45 PM

Italian on the west side

My mom is coming to town from New York and staying in Santa Monica. I'm looking for a good italian restaurant that is unpretentious...something like La buca on Melrose.

Any thoughts for BH, Brentwood, Culver City, westwood, Santa Monica?

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  1. although much more ritzy than la buca, vicenti in brentwood is a solid choice for good italian eats on the westside.

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    1. re: wilafur

      I second Vicenti on San Vicente in Brentwood. It was started by the owners of my favorite L.A. Italian, Angelini Osteria.

      1. re: wilafur

        I third Vincenti. Owners and servers are so nice, food is delicious, and setting very warm. Even other clientele, familiar and new, are friendly and make an evening there memorable.

        1. re: wilafur

          oops, just noticed that i left out an "n". its spelled vincenti as chica pointed out. =)

          1. Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills is fantastic! I haven't been in many years, but I used to love Pizzicotto in Brentwood.

            Il Pastaio
            400 N. CaƱon Dr.
            (Brighton Way)
            Beverly Hills, CA 90210

            11758 San Vicente Blvd.
            (bet. Gorham & Montana Aves.)
            Los Angeles, CA 90049

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            1. re: Obessed

              Two of my favorite! Great pasta at Pizzicotto. Il Pastaio is our favorite not only becuase of great food, but also because we can sit outside table with our puppy dog and enjoy great meal !

            2. Pizzicotto, Peppone, Drago - San Gennaro in the less pricey side

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              1. re: tdo ca

                Peppone is the WORST Italian food in Los Angeles.

                1. re: belladre

                  Piccolo is nice, but with that wait list it's nothing but unpretentious. Sure it's a neighborhood joint, but it's hard to stay low key when you're waiting 45 minutes for a table. You could theoretically wait outside on the boardwalk, but most people just opt to sit on the stairs and sip on wine.