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Mar 7, 2007 10:54 AM

Is the S.F. Valley (Woodland Hills area) Totally Desolate?

I grew up in West Hills/Woodland Hills and moved to Dallas after graduating college. Family still lives in West Hills and I visit a few times a year. My folks marvel at how many dining options are within an easy 15-20 minute drive from the North Dallas suburbs. In contrast, when I visit home, it's an exercise in frustration trying to find a quality restaurant without going over the hill into the city.

BTW - the Valley does have Brent's Deli in Northridge which IMHO is my favorite deli in America (and yes - I've been to Katz's in NYC etc) and I think the sushi at Terry's is phenomenal but SUPER pricey (not sure if that's the name - but the owner's name is Terry . . . it's next to the kosher butcher on Ventura Blvd and Roscoe). I also love Chick's on Valley Circle for roast chicken . . . it's been there since I was in High School in the mid 80's and still rocks.

Can you fellow chowhounds and foodies please help with suggestions for the follwing types of cuisine . . .

- Sushi

- Italian (real italian like carbonara, carpaccio and osso buco etc)

- French

- Pizza (prefer whole pies rather than slices)

- Indian


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  1. Geez, Woodland Hills has some great palces

    Anarbagh -good indian food, eh service.

    Gorikee _ bistro/garlic food

    Sushi Ike is near there,as is brother's

    People seem to like Brandywine.

    French, I dunno..same with Italian. My favorite Italin places are in West Hollywood and Sherman Oaks

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    1. re: Diana

      Hello, Diana. I have just a couple of clarifications: Sushi Iki is in Tarzana, while Sushi Ike is in Hollywood. I much prefer Sushi Iki in Tarzana; it is really good.

      The last report I read on Chowhound about Brandywine -- and please know that I have not been -- was less than flattering. Perhaps someone will chime in here on that.

      Otherwise, I quite like Anarbagh on Ventura near Fallbrook for Indian.

    2. Here is a link to a recent very comprehensive Woodland Hills discusion that should be helpful to you in your quest to eat well.

      1. Thanks to everyone for your feedback. Tony Michaels - thansk for the link to the previous post. Apologies if my post was a little too harsh on the Woodland Hills options. My folks love Anabargh . . . I forgot about that place (great tandoori chicken). Still desperately struggling for a good italian restaurant in the 818 area code - please help . . . :)

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          1. re: skedhead2000

            Spumoni, on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, just west of Van Nuys Blvd. Get the (non-fried) calamari appetizer and any of the gnocchi dishes.

            I can't bear Anarbagh... the service is slow and when you say anything it gets worse -- they simply don't care. They're also the champions of the "mixed up order" -- so you order dish A, which is $10.95, but they prepare dish B, which is $13.95, and then when you say you ordered A, they shrug.

            For great Indian vegetarian fast food, dirt cheap, no ambiance, go to India Sweets & Spices on Topanga Canyon and Sherman Way.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              yeah, Anarbagh doesn't seem to get the whole 'Customer service' idea.

              The food is good, but not always worth the hassle. Take out sometimes works better.

          2. To scratch your Italian itch give Adagio Ristorante a try.

            22841 Ventura Blvd
            Woodland Hills, CA 91364
            (818) 225-0533

            1. I liked Villa Piacere the one time I went there. It's more California food than Italian. I went there because it looked like the best option for a last-minute dinner that I could book through OpenTable. We were pleasantly surprised by all the food we had.

              Villa Piacere
              22160 Ventura Blvd.
              Woodland Hills, CA 91364
              (818) 704-1185

              Also, there is a La Frite in Woodland Hills. I normally go to the one in Sherman Oaks, but I have heard good things about the other branch.

              La Frite
              22616 Ventura Blvd
              Woodland Hills, 91364
              (818) 225-1331

              For sushi, Sushi Iki is in the middle of Tarzana, on Ventura near Yolanda, so it is not far from Woodland Hills. It's top-quality sushi, but very pricey and with a limited menu. For cheap, non-traditional sushi, I like Cho Cho San, which is on Ventura near Vanalden, even closer to Woodland Hills. The spicy tuna is some of the best in the city and, if you like rolls with mayonaise, the Rock 'n' Roll (baked scallop in mayonaise sauce with baked avocado) is truly decadent.