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NY--->LA and looking for some good suggestions

I recently moved to LA from NY and am hoping for some good, not too pricey, suggestions. I'm looking for a good colombian restaurant not too far from the westside and hopefully a good mid-priced italian restaurant. Any ideas???

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  1. A Colombian friend of mine recommended a Colombian place in Lynwood, but I can't think of the name! If I remember it, I will post it for you.

    1. Check out La Fonda Antioquena on Melrose near Western. It' s not the Westside, but it's good as I can suggest. Call them as they are going to move a few blocks west soon.

      They're listed in 323.

      1. There is a place in Burbak for Columbian, a Columbian girl told me about, can not remember the name right now.

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            La Maria in Burbank isn't too close to the Westside but it is really good. JG reviewed it here recently:
            http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/cou...

          2. mid-priced Italian:
            Cafe Paradiso at Wilshire/24th
            La Bottega Marino at Santa Monica Blvd west of the 405 (I think they might also deliver)

            If you're looking for a true Italian sub or Italian cooking needs like fresh pasta, then you must add Bay Cities Deli to your list, Lincoln & Broadway in Santa Monica.
            http://www.baycitiesitaliandeli.com/

            1. NY isn't the greatest for Italian. I like Angeli Caffe on Melrose - not bad, and I'd say it's in the middle of the road as far as price. Angelini Osteria gets good recommendations here, though I've never been.

              If you get a craving for pizza, I'd suggest waiting as long as possible (try to forget what real pizza tastes like), then read the reviews on this forum and take your best shot - personally, I think Pizza Buona in Echo Park isn't bad.

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              1. re: will47

                "NY isn't the greatest for Italian."

                Please tell me that was a brain fart -- New York has some of the best Italian food outside of Italy.

                La Maria IS really good Colombian food. From the 405 and Wilshire, if you time it right, it's 20-25 minutes' drive. If you time it wrong, it's an hour plus.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  I meant LA isn't the greatest for Italian (which is fairly obvious from the context).

                2. re: katkoupai

                  IMHO, I think it was straight out of Broadway on the friends' part - shear dramatics... ;>

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    I think I agree with you, bulavinaka. I lived in NY for 2 years-- hence ate a lot of NY pizza-- and to tell you the truth, at the beginning, I really missed CA pizza. I think both are good, just different. I wouldn't ever throw either type away, unless the slice was glaringly rotten or spoiled. This has never happened, though.

                    Thinking about pizza-- there was a place called Ray's Pizza in the Irvine Marketplace, across from UCI. I used to work there. The owner lived in NYC (hence the "knockoff" name of Ray's Famous Pizza NY), then transplanted to CA. His pizza is pretty good. I certainly ate a lot of it, in the past. You can buy pizza by the slice too-- very good, when the slices are fresh from the oven. Ask for a fresh one. I haven't been there in years, but it was really good at the time, and had a loyal group of customers, in Irvine. Might be out of the way, but if you are ever in OC, give it a try.

                    Ray's Pizza - Irvine
                    (949) 854-5044
                    4199 Campus Dr
                    Irvine, CA 92612

                    There is also another pizza place that serves slices that remind me of NY. It's right next door to Humphrey Yogart in Sherman Oaks. Can't remember the name of the place. Big slices, sold by the slice-- pretty good. Get a slice, and then get some yogurt for dessert next door. Truly delicious.

                    1. re: katkoupai

                      Ray's Pizza is still there. I'll check it out tomorrow after the farmers' market.

                      I can picture the Sherman Oaks place -- it's got a green awning, I think, or maybe blue, with the name of the place (it's an Italian name, surprise) in slightly curlicued serif letters... ARGH!

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        I found it. It's called Greco's. I'll post the address in a minute. :)

                        Grecos New York Pizza - (818) 789-1652 - 4572 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA

                        I hope you like Ray's Pizza in Irvine, Das. I have a lot of memories there. I do recommend the fresh slices. Sometimes a pie will be sitting out for a little bit when customer traffic is slow, and each slice is reheated in the pizza oven (not microwaved) upon order. If it's fresh, then it's much better. But even the re-heated slices are good. Enjoy! :)

                    2. re: bulavinaka

                      Perhaps, since I was only staying a short time he didnt want me wasting a meal on CA pizza. He wanted me to try something else.

                      1. re: tom porc

                        I don't know... the constant put-downs about our pizzas by ex-Applers starts to get a little cliche┬┤d. I would prefer, "different," instead of equating our slices to something of the equivalent to scrapings from the bottom of one's shoe, or only good enough to use as a doorstop... I have friends who come out from Brooklyn about once a year, and they actually like the varied styles of pizza out here. "The pizza back home is all the same for the most part... Some places do it better with wood-fired ovens... Out here, it seems like no one is afraid to try something different with their pizzas..." I'm paraphrasing, but you get the picture.

                        Your friend is right, in wanting you to try the multitudes of choices here in So Cal. With pizza joints so pervasive back in the Big Apple, it would be the equivalent of taking friends from Guadalajara to one of the many taquerias here, or family from Taipei to somewhere like Din Tai Fung for xiao lung bao. It might be nice to compare and contrast each city's food counterparts, but unless one is really jonesing for food back home, feasting upon the many great offerings that this collection of towns that are always in transition which we call LA is the way to go...

                        1. re: bulavinaka

                          My friend knew my likes and dislikes and said I wouldnt enjoy it. Something about sourdough. Anyway, we did Asian instead.

                          1. re: tom porc

                            I'm not sure how accessible sourdough is back east, but it's a readily available option in a fair amount of forms here in California. With San Francisco being at its epicenter, I can easily see this being a regional item. However, to not allow you at least a couple of bites to decide for yourself? Oh well, to each his own... thanks!

                  2. For Italian, Pizzicotto on San Vicente.

                    Divino on Barrington Ct. might be a bit more than mid-priced, but it's pretty darn good too.

                    1. How about Fritto Misto in Santa Monica for mid-priced Italian?

                      1. Vittorio's on Marquez in the Palisades has great pizza, pastas, salads and the most delicious little garlic knots. Mmmmm.

                        Up a notch in price, I do love Angelini Osteria, on Beverly Blvd.

                        Enoteca Drago in Beverly Hills can be a nice choice too.