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Italian restaurant around Venice for party of 50?

craigrich May 23, 2007 05:32 PM

Hey all,

First post in a long while (last time I posted I think I was a paying member, how long ago was that?).

Anyway, I'm looking for suggestions for Italian restaurants around Venice for a party of 50 in n a Friday night in November. Outside seating is not going to work, which is making the search a bit tough. Doesn't have to be in Venice, but within 2 mile radius is best. Of course, food is #1 priority, but it would be nice to have a view of the sea.


- Craig

  1. chowfun784 May 24, 2007 03:30 PM

    i'd say c&o or fritto misto.

    c&o is a good place for a bigger party, the outside patio is heated so you dont 'have to worry about it being cold and it's also in the middle of 2 buildings so it's not really all the windy.

    fritto misto is a smaller restaurant but the food is good and the price is reasonable. i had a party of 30 there once so i think they can do 50. it's in santa monica.

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      hippodeir May 24, 2007 01:25 PM

      I've been to C & O (horrible food, I think) as well as the Pasta Factory (decent, but not the greatest ambience)...Good Italian in general is a little hard to find in Venice, I have to say. One other option--there is a very good Italian place on the 3rd St. Promenade. Although it doesn't look out onto the water, you are so close to the beach--The restaurant is large enough to house 50. Anyway, it's where my husband & I go when we just want great Italian food. Good luck!


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      1. re: hippodeir
        hrhboo May 24, 2007 01:33 PM

        This isn't suitable for Craigrich's needs, but excellent Italian in Venice can be found at Piccolo.

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        paprkutr May 23, 2007 11:12 PM

        Not necessarily italian, but Cafe Bizou in Santa Monica, has a private room, has everything, and should be able to do for your budget. Can bring your own wine for two dollar corkage, which would reduce the liquor bill. I've had parties there and everyone's been nice

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        1. re: paprkutr
          craigrich May 24, 2007 10:36 AM

          Thanks for the suggestion, I'll check it out.

          - Craig

        2. Local May 23, 2007 08:16 PM

          is Culver City too far away? definitely no view, and just a shot in the dark since I'm relying on my brother's recommendation - it is small and not sure they could close down within suggested budget but they do special events/corporate parties .. http://www.cucinaparadiso.net/

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          1. re: Local
            Densible May 23, 2007 11:05 PM

            I like Il Moro too.

            Caffe Penguini is in Playa Del Rey at the end of Culver. You would have to book the entire restaurant. It is lovely. Next to ocean but no view.

            Harbor Drive is a restaurant in Redondo on the water with views, etc. Although in November at dinner you will not be able to see anything as it will be dark but it is on the marina and there are boats. I bring this up because they are in midst of transforming to an Italian restaurant. Definitely has the space to host a party of fifty.

            1. re: Densible
              craigrich May 24, 2007 10:31 AM

              Redondo is too far south for us, but I'll check Caffe Penguini. Thanks for the suggestions.

              - Craig

            2. re: Local
              craigrich May 24, 2007 10:30 AM

              My fiancee used to live near Cucina Paradiso, and I heard good things about it although we never ate there. I'll keep it mind though, thanks.

              - Craig

            3. hrhboo May 23, 2007 07:50 PM

              La Vecchia on Main would probably work. The food is great, although I'm not sure how it would fit into your budget. They would likely be willing to work out a special menu for you.

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              1. re: hrhboo
                craigrich May 24, 2007 10:27 AM

                I've not tried La Vecchia. I'll call, thanks!

                - Craig

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                bulavinaka May 23, 2007 07:02 PM

                I tend to agree with Glutton. Venice restaurants don't lend themselves to large gatherings for the most part. The only Italian restaurant seeming to have enough square feet is C&O Cucina, where the old Black Whale used to be. I say seemingly because I can't remember if they had any sort of banquet room, or a single room large enough to fit 50 people comfortably. While I don't personally have an issue with their food, it is more about seeking the LCD (Lowest Common Denominator). I think big groups tend to overcome these issues (unless it's a banquet for Italiofiles), so it may not be an issue.

                And as Glutton also mentions, Il Moro is a worthy consideration. The food is great, the dining areas are nice, and it is often overlooked as a lunch spot for the surrounding businesses. They do have seperate rooms - at least before their remodel last year - haven't been since - but it's definitely worth a call...

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                1. re: bulavinaka
                  craigrich May 24, 2007 10:22 AM

                  C&O appears to have two dinning areas plenty big enough to accomodate 50 (although likely not private). I think the food at C&O would as you say meet the needs of a large party, but the outdoor seating area (which is the only real option, the indoor area is rough) is an issue for our Nov party in my opinion.

                  Il Moro is great, I've eaten there just once. Will give them a call thanks...

                  - Craig

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                  glutton May 23, 2007 06:49 PM

                  What about Il Moro? They have a private dining room that might be able to seat 50. It's not in Venice -- it's in West LA.

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                  1. re: glutton
                    craigrich May 24, 2007 10:19 AM

                    Yes, Il Moro! I've eaten there once, quite good. Thank you for the suggestion, I'll check with them but I fear they will be outside of our budget.

                    - Craig

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                    yogachik May 23, 2007 05:45 PM

                    Il Forniao is the only place that comes to mind. Or I Cugini.

                    No restaurant with an ocean view, though.

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                    1. re: yogachik
                      craigrich May 23, 2007 05:51 PM

                      How about "Pasta Factory" on Washington (near C&O). I've not tried it yet, but read fairly good things and I think its big enough to hold us without having to rent out the whole restaurant.

                      - Craig

                    2. mollyomormon May 23, 2007 05:42 PM

                      What's your budget? I would suggest C&O's too in terms of location, although I would never call the food great (except for maybe the garlic knots when they're fresh). For something more upscale maybe I Cugini?

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                      1. re: mollyomormon
                        craigrich May 23, 2007 05:52 PM

                        We shooting for around $2,000 for food an drink, so I guess its not a big budget. Let me look into Cugini, thanks...

                        - Craig

                        1. re: craigrich
                          aching May 24, 2007 02:38 PM

                          I went to a party of about 25 at i Cugini a few months ago. It was on the patio, and it was lovely. i Cugini is not at all trendy, but I think it's very a likable place!

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                        clarkyp May 23, 2007 05:36 PM


                        great food, nice, simple atmosphere...

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                        1. re: clarkyp
                          craigrich May 23, 2007 05:52 PM

                          We looked at C&O. Food was pretty good, but we didn't like either dining area (outdoor one was okay but we are concerned it will be cold in Nov, and the inside one we felt was a bit too rough).

                          - Craig

                          1. re: craigrich
                            glutton May 23, 2007 06:48 PM

                            This is probably for the better -- the food is just Chef Boyardee thrown on nice plates.

                            1. re: glutton
                              craigrich May 24, 2007 10:18 AM

                              Actually I thought the one meal I've had at C&O was decent, certainly better than the dinner I had at Pasta Factory last night. Not bad, just bland. Very disappointing.

                              - Craig

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