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I need recommendations for an Italian place (or Californian/American that has pasta options), West of La Cienega. Must be able to take group reservations and is in the same price range as Ugo, C & Os, or CPK. (all entrees & pastas are under $20).

I personally dislike the food at C& 0s, and shudder at the chain that is CPK, but may be our only options considering the price.

Thank you for your help! I'm aware this might be an impossible request.

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    1. re: Emme

      I like the food at Pizzicotto, but the restaurant is very cramped. I think the only option for a group there might be to take the entire upstairs area which might still be a squeeze. On Ocean Ave, there's also I Cugini or the chain Il Fornaio which I actually prefer more to it.

      1. re: TracyS

        One more - Trastevere on the Third Street Promenade is right in that price range and quite good.

    2. Il Buco is nice - Robertson and Wilshire

      1. Il Forno on Ocean Park, theres a cafe side and a more sophisticated restaurant side, but the menu is the same. Everything is good and it's pretty inexpensive. I also really like La Vecchia on Main St. in SM. More of a fun "happening" restaurant. Haven't been in a while since I never think to make a reservation and can't seem to get in without one anymore. Check the prices, it used to be pretty reasonable.

        1. Definately NOT the Impossibe Quest!
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          Pastina - Most expensive is Veal (2) @ $19.95
          2260 Westwood Blvd., WLA
          (310) 441-4655

          Il Forno - Most Expensive is Filet Mignon (2) @ $19.95 (*)
          2901 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica
          (310) 449-9244
          http://www.ilfornocaffe.com

          Mio Babbo's - Most Expensive is Veal (3) @ $16.95
          1076 Gayley Ave., Westwood Village
          (310) 208-5117
          http://www.miobabbos.com

          Comments - Entrees come with soup, caesar salad, or house salad (which the others don't). They have a round table to the left of the front door that does seat at least 6 (maybe 8?). Anyways, I'll make a guess that they'll be able to push 2 or 3 center tables together to accomodate you.

          Pomodoro - Most Expensive is Veal (3) @ $15.95
          1393 Westwood Blvd., Westwood
          (310) 445-9998
          http://www.pomodorowestwood.com

          Comments - Very Small restaurant. You'd have to call and confirm they can and will put 8 together???

          (*) I just checked their web-menu and they've added a Veal Shank @ $24.95, so ban this from being ordered.

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          1. re: JBC

            We like Il Forno and go there with some frequency. That's why I know that their dinner specials run in to the high $20's and even into the $30 range. So if go, and one of the specials sounds good, ask the price - since they don't give you that with the "sales job" that comes with the description of the dish.

          2. So I made reservations at Pastina. I've lived on the westside for over 5 yrs, and for some reason have glossed over this place for forever. Well, I'll report back and tell y'all how it went. Thanks for the awesome tips! I def. have a new list of Italian restaurants to try!