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Any suggestions on the best Spaghetti in LA?

FoodaholicinLA Mar 29, 2007 05:10 PM

My boyfriend loves Spaghetti and quite frankly I'm a little burn out on C & O Trattoria (2 locations in Marina Del Rey).... its to only place we go that he is not still hungry after. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. Jennalynn RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 29, 2007 05:12 PM

    Try Frankie's on Melrose.

    Good old fashioned Italian food.

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      Silver Lake Guy RE: Jennalynn Mar 30, 2007 08:52 AM

      I just had the spaghetti and meatballs at Frankie's last Fri night and while the two meatballs were tasty and light, the portion was half of what I would normally eat. So if he's a hungry guy skip it. I prefer the s-&-m (!) at Il Capriccio on Vermont in Los Feliz.

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      BabyLitigator RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 29, 2007 05:15 PM

      Enoteca Drago in BH. Damned good carbonara.

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        Cucinamore RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 29, 2007 06:00 PM

        Spaghetti con bottarga at Madeo. Divine.

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          Devourer RE: Cucinamore Mar 30, 2007 09:52 AM

          Gotta second the food at Madeo... tasty, but pretty expensive. On the plus side, you can usually see a celeb or two eating at the restaurant, if that's your thing.

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          yum RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 29, 2007 09:56 PM

          The bolognese spaghetti at La Scala is REALLY good..IMO

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            maudies5 RE: yum Mar 29, 2007 10:06 PM

            I adore the spaghetti at Toscana.

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            Oh Robin RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 30, 2007 08:47 AM

            It's not fancy, it's basically ghetto, and it's a barbeque restaurant. But if you can get over to Chris n' Pitts in Bellflower, the spaghetti there is down home, thick and rich and yummy. Fresh grated parm on top and an iceberg plain salad with homeade blue cheese and you'll have leftovers for tomorrow. That said, I also love all pasta dishes from Buona Gente in Long Beach. I've heard many hounders also recommend Cafe Gazzella (on 2nd street, same as Buona) and I'm going to try it soon.

            1. russkar RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 30, 2007 09:02 AM

              Angelini Osteria- it's not always available but when it is , wow!
              Pastina Trattoria- Great Spagehetti and the lightest Meatballs anywhere but not available everyday.

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                JBC RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 30, 2007 09:14 AM

                Best Spaghetti anywhere in the Los Angeles area?

                If $$$$ aren't a consideration, then it just might be at:

                Giorgio Baldi - Expensive
                114 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica (310) 573-1660

                IMHO, a candidate for the Best Italian restaurant in Town. They're fairly well know for their spaghetti sauces to the extent that they successfully bottle and sell 6 different ones. The more economical way to go is to buy a jar and make it for him at home.

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                  JamesV RE: JBC Mar 30, 2007 10:57 AM

                  I didn't realize Giorgio Baldi was a restaurant - too bad it is on the other side of the world from me. I think their jarred sauces are the best - used to find them in both Gelson's and Bristol Farms -- and now in neither. Anyone know where to find them?

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                    JBC RE: JamesV Mar 30, 2007 11:37 AM

                    According to this page of their website, the following do (or did) carry them:


                    The easiest approach is just call and ask them where to go or just order from them directly over the phone.

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                      Silver Lake Guy RE: JBC Mar 30, 2007 01:28 PM

                      Yikes. I didn't know they had a restaurant either. It's hands-down my favorite sauce, expensive but worth every penny. But Gelson's just stopped carrying it. And from the link, there's nowhere else I routinely go that has it. Guess I'll have to make a special trip to Bristol Farms and buy a case.

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                  LisaStitch RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 30, 2007 11:41 AM

                  Peppone in Brentwood. Good, reliable food, fantastic service. It's on the expensive side, but there's no way he could possibly leave this place hungry.

                  Thanks for posting, I'm a big spaghetti person too. Can't wait to try the other CH's Pastina and La Scala recs!

                  1. DanaB RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 30, 2007 11:44 AM

                    When I lived in your neck of the woods, for plain old spaghetti with red sauce, I always liked Alejo's -- cheap, garlicky and good. I prefer take-out, because it's a cramped space and can get crowded.

                    Alejo's Presto Trattoria
                    Address: 4002 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
                    Phone: (310) 822-0095

                    Another place you might want to try is Antica -- they have a pretty tasty version of seafood linguini in red sauce, as well as spaghetti and meatballs.

                    Antica Pizzeria Co
                    Address: 13455 Maxella Ave # 201, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
                    Phone: (310) 577-8182

                    1. hrhboo RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 30, 2007 11:44 AM

                      My boyfriend adores spaghetti and meatballs, his favourite is at La Vecchia on Main in SM.

                      1. ipsedixit RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 30, 2007 12:05 PM

                        La Buca.


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                          radgirl RE: FoodaholicinLA Mar 30, 2007 12:47 PM

                          If you like a spaghetti with a Japanese twist, I would recomend Blue Marlin on sawtelle.

                          The price is reasonable and the portion is relatively large. They have stuff like spaghetti with uni (sea urchin), carbonara & bolognese with japanese eggplant...

                          Blue Marlin Japanese Bistro
                          2121 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025-6200

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