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jeffro May 2, 2007 11:01 AM

Any suggestions? Nothing extremely expensive, but just nice enough to satisfy out of town clients.

Any help would be much obliged.

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    LisaStitch May 2, 2007 11:24 AM

    First choice for me would be Tanino in Westwood. Excellent food and service. Not extremely expensive, but not cheap either. Check out their menu:
    http://www.tanino.com/dinner.pdf

    Il Moro would be next. I like Tanino's food and service much better, but Il Moro would still fit your needs, and it's a tad less expensive than Tanino.
    http://www.ilmoro.com/dinner.html

    Both places have nice ambiences good for clients/business.

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    1. re: LisaStitch
      dshm May 2, 2007 12:21 PM

      I agree with LisaStitch, Tanino in Westwood is great and if they are out of towners, walk them over to Didi Riese for the famous ice-cream cookie sandwiches or just their cookies. We did just that for our clients from Boston - Tanino and Didi Riese afterward and they were just delighted and Westwood Village reminded them of some of their Back Bay venues....

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      Snoopy May 2, 2007 11:28 AM

      I bet Cucina Paridiso could handle your party no problem. They have a decent sized space and it seems fairly dead during the week.

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        JBC May 2, 2007 11:34 AM

        Do you realize that on just one list of Italian restaurants on the westside they list 167?

        If you want the "most" helpful of suggestions, I think it would be useful to narrow it down:

        Budget - Price per person, food only (no tax, tip, or liquids inc.)?
        Type of Italian - Old World, Northern, more innovative then the usual, ect.
        Noise Factor - realitively quiet, or loud and trendy o.k.?
        Seating - If their older, than they would probably prefer a booth instead of a wooden chair in cramped quarters.

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        1. re: JBC
          blackbookali May 2, 2007 03:57 PM

          JBC - you forgot to mention food. I think the guy is looking for good food - not an AARP friendly buffet with open air seating.

        2. hrhboo May 2, 2007 11:40 AM

          La Vecchia on Main is great.

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            whatsfordinner May 2, 2007 12:05 PM

            Matteo's on Westwood has a big round table that appears to seat 10 and it's relatively quiet. The food is good since Don Dickman took over. He also updated the wine list.

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              cupcake May 2, 2007 12:40 PM

              VITO on Ocean Park aand 28th!! Old school Italian, divine food, tuxedoed waiters, won't break the bank!!

              1. hyacinthgirl May 2, 2007 03:09 PM

                Brentwood is practically a Little Italy, with Italian restauratns all along San Vicente...
                I think the best in the reasonably priced category is Pizzicotta. They have an upstairs loft that could probably accomodate 10 people.

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