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May 22, 2007 08:02 PM

upscale/casual place for dinner/universal city?

not sushi, say french/italian/american?

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  1. How about Ca' del Sole, right at Lankershim/Cahuenga (north of Universal City)? Lovely Italian place, linen-napkin type place, nice fireplace or a great patio, and well-prepared if not blow-your-socks-off Italian food.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Another vote for Ca Del Sole. Sure, I don't dream of it or get cravings for it, but I've never had a bad meal there, and I eat there quite often because of where I work. Otherwise, I'd recommend driving 5 minutes into Burbank or Studio City where you've got a few more choices.

      1. re: Faulkner99

        3rd for Ca Del Sole. The service is great too.

    2. I agree. with Das. Not bad for a place that advertises on bus benches. Pretty place. Good (older people) atmosphere. And the food was good (not great). Though I do remember a good pear/mascarpone dessert -- and I don't even like dessert.

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      1. re: foleydog

        Make it 3. Also thinking of Il Tiramisu on Ventura at Woodland. Have not been in ages but remember it to be really delisious, casual and a real value.

        1. re: Densible

          very good stuff at Il Tiramisu. Worth a drive from Universal City.

        1. i haven't been to firefly recently... how is it these days?

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          1. re: kinipela

            hype and OK food at high prices!

          2. Bistro Garden, Mistral in Studio City. Second and third Ca' del Sol. Gangadin in Studio City (not ritzy, but not a hole in the wall, either, very nice (Indian).The place I would have reccommended is gone! Boneyard Bistro in Studio City/Sherman Oaks. Cafe Cordiale or Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks. Risotto in Studio City (on a good night)

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            1. re: Diana

              I've had two really bad meals in a row at Bistro Garden. I mean beyond bad. The first one was for a lunch meeting with a colleague, and we were shocked when we went in at lunchtime and the place was practically empty. The food was disgusting. The poached salmon was some of the worst I've ever had. And it's expensive. It's nice ambience and the service is top notch, but I'll take a semi-attentive waiter any day over eating food like that again. The 2nd time someone invited me there, and I thought that maybe the 1st time was a fluke so I'd give it another chance. Same bad food as the first time.