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ISO a great italian place for friday night in santa monica or westside. we would like mid to upper price range for a special dinner. thanks!

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  1. vincenti in brentwood!! yums!

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    1. re: wilafur

      Vincenti is very good, as is Cafe Delfini in Santa Monica Canyon.

      Moose

    2. Isn't Valentino's (WLA Pico) considered the best?

      1. Our new favorite is Cucina Paradiso in Palms. Although, Matteo's in Westwood, with the newly-installed, former-Rocca chef is getting great reviews.

        With apologies to Russ, my husband and I had a VERY dissappointing meal at Valentio last year (see my posted review, if you're interested.)

        Please report back on what you decide.

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        1. re: ElissaInPlaya

          Where is Cucina Paradiso? Thx. Sorry, just found by searching.

          1. re: ElissaInPlaya

            matteos sounds interesting...we are taking an old school italian guy and his wife out from philadelphia.matteo's might be the perfect fit. my first choice before making this post was vincente but I was worried it might get way over pricey, there will be 6 of us. I don't want to go cheap but not over the top either.

            1. re: ElissaInPlaya

              Cucina Paradiso is GREAT. Plus - the prices are much lower than other upscale places like Matteos and Dan Tanas. I think this place is just fantastic. The spinach and goat cheese salad is delicious and so is their bolognese and eggplant parm. YUMMY.

              1. re: dtud

                I've been day-dreaming about the eggplant parmasan, and the polenta!

                1. re: dtud

                  Ate there a couple of days ago. Was good and I will return, but wondering what the corkage is. Anyone know? Thx.

              2. Vincenzo's on Montana. Awesome, authentic food from an Italian transplant.

                Vincenzo Ristorante
                714 Montana Avenue
                Santa Monica, CA 90403
                310-395-6619

                1. What about Capo?
                  Giorgio Baldi in the canyon
                  Locanda Portofino on Montana

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                  1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

                    Valentino has been around forever but it's still fantastic. Amazing wine list, great food, definitely fits the "special" bill.

                  2. if you want to go a little farther to west hollywood, dan tanas is still the best. Old time hollywood feel with great food. Ceaser salad one of the best around.

                    1. La Botte on the corner of 7th and Santa Monica Blvd is great. I think the same people own Piccolo on Dudley St. in Venice.

                      1. Does Angelini Osteria count as "westside"? That's my favorite, followed by Vivoli in West Hollywood.