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Angelini Osteria

rcburli Jan 22, 2007 02:42 PM

I will be in town soon from Atlanta and noticed Angelini Osteria on Giada's new show this past weekend.
You never know about a place even if recommended by a tv celeb.
If one is a big fan of Italian food, and likes to check out different Italian spots when traveling, is Angelini worth a visit?
I will be staying in that very neighborhood and was considering AOC as well which is close by too I think. Will go to both places if recommended.

  1. modernist Jan 22, 2007 11:10 PM

    i would definitely eat here. its one of the places i go to most.

    personally i like the bar table because its kind of private and your back is to the chaos. (not the pizza table which is a little too isolated)

    then i'd walk to hatfields for dessert. it gives you another taste of the scene too. or you could walk to grace for dessert too. but i'd go to hatfields. or you could have dessert at both! haha

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      Mr. Cookie Jan 22, 2007 10:17 PM

      This is a good restaurant and the tiramisu is outstanding, but the noise level is among the worst in a city where noisy restaurants seem to be de rigeur.

      1. Tinitime Jan 22, 2007 10:04 PM

        I love Angelini and have eaten there on four different occasions. The last time, the waiters bumping into our table because of the tightness of the space was too much. They spilled our water glasses two times. I brought it to the attention of the waiter who could have cared less and the hostess/manager, she apologized but it was half hearted. As much as I love the food, I won't be back.

        1. Cicely Jan 22, 2007 09:54 PM

          I usually love Angelini, but went on Saturday for the porchetta and found it dry if flavorful (They slice it tableside - or rather in the vicinity of your table, given the tight quarters- and I could smell it, in a good way, from a couple tables away). My husband's duck was quite good, though. In the past I've loved the branzino and the lamb chops.

          Is Gino ever there during dinner these days? Last night he wasn't, and there was some manager-type woman instead - perfectly nice, but just not as welcoming as Gino.

          As to the OP's concerns, yes, Angelini is a good recommendation. So is AOC. You might also want to try La Terza, Gino Angelini's other restaurant, which has a bit more space.

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            dajmont Jan 22, 2007 07:57 PM

            get the lasagna verde and the branzino. If its a tuesday night, go down the street to grace for dessert and get the doughnuts.

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              JudiAU Jan 22, 2007 07:43 PM

              Both places are pretty consistent and good choices. Make sure that you have reservations in advance if at all possible. Being a walk-in at either is possible, especially at AOC, but annoying.

              1. jcwla Jan 22, 2007 05:13 PM

                They make a good carbonara.
                I have had one good meal there, one mediocre and one bad.
                Like we're talking Franco American bad.
                But anyway...it's crowded as hell, very NYC-ish, not a place to spread out and relax.
                I find branzino boring as dirt -- but that and the "stinco" thing are specialties...

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                1. re: jcwla
                  nimo Jan 22, 2007 05:31 PM

                  I've never had a bad experience at Angelini, and maybe one mediocre in a couple of dozen visits.

                  Definitely the best Italian in the city.

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                  Newkie Jan 22, 2007 04:59 PM

                  Yes! I think it's the best italian in LA and one of my favorite restaurants, period. The affetati misti is fabulous and big enough to be a light meal. Love every pasta I've had, but my favorites are the pumpkn tortelli, lasagna verde and bombolotti and pretty much anything on special that night.

                  AOC is also one of my favorites.

                  1. wilafur Jan 22, 2007 04:58 PM

                    to echo the above, angelini osteria is one of my favorite italian restaurants in LA. i recommend going on friday to partake in the veal stinco special.

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                      kiwonyoon Jan 22, 2007 04:48 PM

                      One of the best in town. Definitely worth seeking out if you're visiting. Don't forget the finish your meal with an unforgettable affogato gelato.

                      I've got a reservation for this Saturday... yes!

                      1. SauceSupreme Jan 22, 2007 04:16 PM

                        Angelini is one my favorite restaurants in LA irrespective of the cuisine. If you have difficulty getting into Angelini, try also La Terza, which is a bit more heightened cuisine-wise, but is run by the same chef (and is about five blocks away).

                        I believe the chef is a protege of Chef Celestino Drago, but I don't quite remember.

                        The branzino is a great recommendation. Nothing quite like Mediterranean sea bass!

                        La Terza and AOC are within blocks of each other as well. While you're in this neck of the woods, don't forget to swing through the Farmer's Market.

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                        1. re: SauceSupreme
                          tritip Jan 22, 2007 08:20 PM

                          Mauro Vincenti brought Gino Angelini to Los Angeles in the mid-90's to cook first at Rex, then at Vincenti in Brentwood.

                          Angelini broke away a few years later to open Angelini Osteria, then La Terza.

                          1. re: tritip
                            SauceSupreme Jan 22, 2007 08:48 PM

                            I knew he was someone's protege. Thanks.

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                          Silverlaker Jan 22, 2007 04:15 PM

                          Do a search, this is much discussed -- many (including myself) consider this the best Italian in the city. And btw, I recently went to New York and went to Mario Batalli's Lupa -- and I think the pasta at our Angelini's is actually better (at Lupa, everything was oversalted). BE SURE TO GET THE LASAGNA VERDI as a primi -- amazing! So Giada did a good job in that dept -- a few of the other places, not so much, but she knows her Italian!

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                            JPomer Jan 22, 2007 02:59 PM

                            yes, go to Angelini. Have the Branzino

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                              Obessed Jan 22, 2007 02:51 PM

                              Angelini Osteria is one of my favorite restaurants in LA -- I would highly recommend; definitely worth the visit (and make reservations soon!) AOC is great also.

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