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Best lasagna in LA?

earl1971 Apr 16, 2007 12:35 PM

It's my 8 year wedding anniversary soon and my husband LOVES lasagna. Since I don't make lasagna well, can someone recommend their favorite lasagna? Thanks so much!

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  1. tony michaels RE: earl1971 Apr 16, 2007 12:54 PM

    You don't say where you are located. We had it once at Petrillo's in San Gabriel and thought it was excellent.

    Petrillo's Pizza
    833 E Valley Blvd
    San Gabriel, CA 91776
    (626) 280-7332

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      earl1971 RE: tony michaels Apr 16, 2007 12:56 PM

      oops! I'm on the Westside but am willing to travel for the right lasagna!

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        tony michaels RE: earl1971 Apr 16, 2007 01:10 PM

        Okay. Back to the drawing board then. It would also help if you could let us know where you have been that your husband liked (and even where you have been that he didn't like) in order to skip the places you already know about and to zero in more on his taste in the big L.

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          earl1971 RE: tony michaels Apr 16, 2007 01:50 PM

          He's a big fan of traditional lasagna (meat and bechemel sauce). He hasn't had lasagna in a long time so I am totally open to any suggestions. Thanks again for all of your help!

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          jcwla RE: earl1971 Apr 16, 2007 01:29 PM

          Il Buco makes a delicious, very rich one.

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            tony michaels RE: earl1971 Apr 16, 2007 02:06 PM

            A good place on the westside for lasagna, (and other Italian food) is Drago -- http://www.celestinodrago.com/ Just check with them first if you decide to go to make certain it's on their menu for that night.

            2628 Wilshire Blvd.
            Santa Monica 90403
            310 828 1585

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            willwork4food RE: tony michaels Apr 17, 2007 12:46 AM

            IMO, I had lasagna at Petrillo's and it was drenched in sauce. I couldn't taste the noodles or the meat sauce.

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              JeetJet RE: tony michaels Apr 17, 2007 02:22 PM

              I agree. My wife and I are big on lasagna and have tried many. The lasagna at Petrillo's Pizza is very good. It is a very large portion with lots of meat. My wife can eat only half no matter how hungry she is. The second half is a perfect next day lunch. The table bread is also as good as it could be. Another reason to go is that you must order a pizza and make the special request for the thin crust (not on the menu). Look around inside and you will see many people order a pizza along with their other dinner selection. This may be the best pizza in the USA.

              Petrillo's Pizza
              833 E Valley Blvd
              San Gabriel, CA 91776
              (626) 280-7332

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                JeetJet RE: JeetJet Apr 18, 2007 09:37 PM

                I have been thinking about it. If you like lots of quality cheese on your lasagna and pizza then do try Petrillo's. If you do not like lots of cheese then look for another place.

                Petrillo's Pizza
                833 E Valley Blvd
                San Gabriel, CA 91776
                (626) 280-7332

            2. ipsedixit RE: earl1971 Apr 16, 2007 01:38 PM

              Angelini Osteria


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                maudies5 RE: ipsedixit Apr 16, 2007 02:09 PM

                Agree that Angelini's lasagna is superb. When he was the chef at Vincenti I always ordered it.He said it was his mother's recipe.

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                  budlit RE: maudies5 Apr 16, 2007 05:12 PM

                  ohh yeah, angelini osteria's lasagna is fantastic

              2. bigtums RE: earl1971 Apr 16, 2007 03:10 PM

                I'm not a big lasagna person, but I had a bite of my husband's from Alejo's (on Lincoln & Washington?) and was floored! It was so good! I've been wanting to go back ever since. It's not a "Romantic" place, but it's good!

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                  Wolfgang RE: bigtums Apr 16, 2007 03:30 PM

                  I third Angelini's lasagna.
                  The lasagna with sausage ragu at Valentino is also wonderful, but I would call ahead to make sure that it's on the menu as I would think their menu changes every so often.

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                    revets2 RE: Wolfgang Apr 16, 2007 06:45 PM

                    i fourth ANGELINI's lasagna.

                    the surprising lasagna of last year for us was at FARFALLA on hillhurst...bolognese all the way, baby!

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                      pinpei RE: revets2 Apr 16, 2007 11:36 PM

                      Amen to Angelini's lasagna! It is superb!

                      Also, when they have it, Cafe Roma in Beverly Hills has excellent lasagna.

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                        Senor Popusa RE: pinpei Apr 17, 2007 02:30 PM

                        Angelini Osteria's green lasagna is off the charts good. It is an appetizer. Probably worth ordering several portions as you will not want to share.

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                          nimo RE: Senor Popusa Apr 19, 2007 10:07 AM

                          Yup. Angelini by far. And at around $11, it's a steal.

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                    yum4fun RE: bigtums Apr 17, 2007 10:04 AM

                    I like Alejo's too. It's like $9.25 for a big piece. I get the one with beef. Nice amount of cheese and meat.

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                    crypto RE: earl1971 Apr 16, 2007 04:02 PM

                    26 Beach cafe on Washington blvd. a block west of lincoln. they have a really good lasagna, i don't know if it's the best but it's goooood. their burger is awesome, try the bombay burger with curry. and the spencer's steak is great for the price.

                    1. kellydeez RE: earl1971 Apr 16, 2007 05:51 PM

                      Actually I heard that Bossa Nova has an amazing lasagna. Here is the description...

                      The original homemade bolognese sauce topped and baked with white cream sauce and parmesan cheese.

                      For a cheaper alternative. Here is their website:

                      1. sarahvagaca RE: earl1971 Apr 16, 2007 11:07 PM

                        I've heard that Mozza's is amazing--but I think they only have it on Sundays. Not sure though...


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                          revets2 RE: sarahvagaca Apr 17, 2007 12:22 AM

                          we didn't think it was anything spectacular and it was a little salty.

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                          ecco22 RE: earl1971 Apr 17, 2007 01:04 AM

                          Either Angelini Osteria, their green lasagna with fried basil is amazing, or (oddly enough) the standard hotel. They make it with a bechamel sauce which is great. Those are the best two I've had.

                          1. creamfinger RE: earl1971 Apr 17, 2007 03:56 AM

                            Call me crazy, but the best lasagna I've had in LA was at Spark Woodfire Grill. It's incredibly rich and the portion is HUGE. They use smoked mozzarella which seems to give it an added dimension of flavor. I've only eaten at the Studio City restaurant on Ventura Blvd., but I can't imagine the lasagna being much different at their other locations. Their Caesar Salad is also definitely worth trying. While the salad itself is your basic, standard Caesar, they replace the usual croutons found in most versions with their homemade, unbelievably addictive, crispy polenta croutons. Crispy outside, warm and just a little chewy inside. Ask for extra!

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                              DanaB RE: creamfinger Apr 17, 2007 10:27 AM

                              That doesn't sound crazy to me at all -- after all, the people behind Spark Woodfire Grill used to run Al Palato, which was among the best Italian restaurants in L.A. while it was cooking, and which had my favorite lasagne in town!

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                              msmd310 RE: earl1971 Apr 17, 2007 09:42 AM

                              Il Pastaiao in Beverly Hills has delish!!!! lasagna bolognese- handmade noodles, great meat sauce and bechamel- NO CHEESE.

                              I think I have to go get some now that we are talking about it....

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                                earl1971 RE: msmd310 Apr 17, 2007 09:58 AM

                                wow! thanks so much for all the great suggestions!

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                                  Marvin RE: msmd310 Apr 20, 2007 09:31 AM

                                  Yeah, I had the lasagna here before too and it was delish - along with everything else there.

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                                  elgordorocks RE: earl1971 Apr 19, 2007 03:54 AM

                                  Try Da Pasquale in BH. I think the one on their menu is a veggie though... could be wrong. Great family neapolitan joint.

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                                    duffyeater RE: earl1971 Apr 19, 2007 09:59 AM

                                    Mozza. Sundays only

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