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From Detroit, miss Italian American food

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My boyfriend is from Detroit and misses good Italian American food: gnoochi, baked ziti, chicken parmesan, etc. He is used to having dinner with his Italian mobster friends and is looking for a great place that is not pretentious. Please don't recommend C & O or Buca di Beppo.

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  1. Dominick's has a very good braciole ive been told by some "friends of mine"

    1. What neighborhoods are most convenient for you?

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      1. re: tony michaels

        It doesn't matter, we drive to food. Anywhere in the L.A. area.

        1. re: jamiepinkpanda

          Not cheap, but old school red sauce Italian can be found at Peppone in Brentwood (on Barrington Ct. just south of Sunset Blvd.)

          http://www.peppone.com/

          For much less expensive and casual red sauce Italian there is Anna's on Pico Blvd. in West L.A - maybe three blocks west of Westwood Blvd. on the north side of the street.

          Just around the corner on Westwood Blvd. is Matteo's and their less expensive sibling next door "A Taste of Hoboken" 2323 Westwood Blvd.

          Finally in Santa Monica on Ocean Park Blvd. is Vito's.

          http://www.vitorestaurant.com/map.html

          Hope that helps your BF's quest.

          1. re: tony michaels

            Thanks for the assistance, this is the BF btw, she didnt really understand what I was talking about. What I am really looking for is Sicilian food, any ideas? Sorry to be a trouble.

            1. re: jamiepinkpanda

              I can't give any personal recs, but...

              How about Palermo on Vermont near Franklin.

              Another choice you might try is Alessi Ristorante on Melrose near Highland.

              Yet another is Marino's Italian Restaurant Bellflower Blvd at 91 fwy exit.

              1. re: jamiepinkpanda

                Got it. The Drago's are from Sicily. They have Drago's and Enoteca Drago and the third brother has Tanino's in Westwood Village. I would even go so far as calling them as see what they might put together for you in the way of a meal.

                http://www.celestinodrago.com/

                http://www.tanino.com/history.html

                1. re: tony michaels

                  Drago in Santa Monica always has a few Sicilian items on the menu.

        2. Take him to Dan Tana's. He'll get everything but the mobsters.

          1. Try Pinocchio on Magnolia in Burbank. You want Ital-Am food, red sauce, baked ziti, parmigiana, and all that, this is absolutely the place to get it. Order from the counter, then sit in the Rat Pack-wannabe booths or tables.

            Fancy it ain't.

            1. If you're willing to drive to East Long Beach, there's a VERY unpretentious joint with a Calabrese owner and the most homey southern Italian menu you'll see in the area: Ferraro's, in the triangle of Wardlow, Los Coyotes Diagonal and Palo Verde. Their braciole is offered every other week Thursday to Sunday (or until it runs out), and they have gnocchi, baked ziti, chicken parmigiana, steak Sinatra-- grub to make a paisan' feel right at home.