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Need a restaurant with all of these things-

-very romantic (or just great ambiance...some candles maybe, not too loud, good room)
-not expensive
-interesting wine list
-great food
-perhaps the "hip new thing" or a "hidden gem"

I need to make some suggestions that fit these criteria for a friend of mine who is fresh from Italy, so the standards are pretty high. I had a few ideas:
Cafe Stella
Little Door
Canele
Lou

Other ideas?

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    1. ick, Cheebo does not meet any of those requirements.
      I would nominate Lou for sure.
      The other restaurants on your list are also good choices, although Cafe Stella and Little Door are so full of um..how to say...Eurotrash...that your Italian friend might not feel like he or she has even travelled to L.A.

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      1. re: Chowpatty

        Good point about Cafe Stella & Little Door

        1. re: Chowpatty

          While I enjoy Lou for what it is, I would hesitate to endorse it wholeheartedly. The food is fine, but would I take someone fresh from Italy? Probably not. And while I applaud the folks at Lou for making the room as inviting as possible under the circumstances, the windowlessness of it feels more than a bit claustrophobic to me. For a romantic evening, I'd much rather sit outside at Chateau Marmont. Or what about Pace in Laurel Canyon?
          www.infinitefress.blogspot.com

        2. What neighborhoods are you thinking of?

          1. Celadon. Extremely gorgeous room, asian-fusion "small plates," interesting sake-based cocktails as well as wine. On Third, near Fairfax, from memory... Newly opened.

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            1. re: Maxmillion

              good suggestion - creative food - reasonable prices - and the portions are not microscopic even though they call it small plates and a really nice looking space

              1. re: tony michaels

                Celadon is a great idea! I'll definitely suggest that...

            2. so what would u recommend???

              1. Canele's food may be ok, yet not inventive in the slightest, and the wine list is one step from dreadful.
                I just hope they do something about that list, or make it verrrrry user-friendly regarding bringing in your own wines.
                I like the place a lot, yet it does need a bit of help in some small kinds of ways.

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                1. re: carter

                  I have a friend who imports Austrian wines. I'll have to send them over there...

                2. How about Red, Wine and Bluezz in Pasadena? http://www.redwhitebluezz.com/

                  Or maybe Bistro Verdu in Monstrose. http://bistroverdu.com/