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favorite westside italian!

Amanda Enclade Jan 9, 2007 09:30 PM

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!

  1. wilafur Jan 9, 2007 09:56 PM

    vincenti in brentwood!! yums!

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    1. re: wilafur
      Moose Jan 9, 2007 10:03 PM

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


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      pleasedonttakemetobucodibepo Jan 9, 2007 10:26 PM

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

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        ElissaInPlaya Jan 9, 2007 11:42 PM

        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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          Snoopy Jan 9, 2007 11:48 PM

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

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            Amanda Enclade Jan 10, 2007 04:20 PM

            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
              dtud Jan 11, 2007 01:51 AM

              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.

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                ElissaInPlaya Jan 11, 2007 09:42 PM

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

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                  Snoopy Jan 11, 2007 09:51 PM

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

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                GuidoTKP Jan 10, 2007 12:47 AM

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

                Vincenzo Ristorante
                714 Montana Avenue
                Santa Monica, CA 90403

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                  Frank_Santa_Monica Jan 10, 2007 01:44 AM

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

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                  1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica
                    thegrifter Jan 11, 2007 02:34 AM

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

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                    goldbergd Jan 11, 2007 09:44 PM

                    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.

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                      joan doan Jan 11, 2007 10:21 PM

                      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.

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                        Obessed Jan 11, 2007 10:26 PM

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

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