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Pre-Theater Dinner Near the Wadsworth Theater in Brentwood?

Looking for dinner before the show this Thursday night--nothing too casual or steakhouse like, and we're not interested in Mexican food. Was thinking maybe Katsuya but I don't know how long and drawn out of an experience that is--we'd want dinner to run just under two hours.
Ideas?

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  1. Toscana would be my first choice. Service is efficent and friendly. Food is excellent. You can be in and out of there in 90 minutes or less.

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    1. re: maudies5

      I second Toscana. Excellent food and service.

    2. Nanbankan!

      1. there are a few italian joints on san vicente. sor tno, pecorino, la scala, palmieri

        1. Tanino in Westwood is fantastic and would be my #1 choice. Dinner would probably run closer to 60-90 minutes than 2 hours, but they wouldn't rush you if you wanted to stick around. Food and service are both great.
          http://www.tanino.com/

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          1. re: LisaStitch

            I agree with maudies5-Tuscana is very good. They have my favorite Veal Milanese in town actually! I LOVE Tanino but it isn't quite as convenient as the restaurants on San Vicente in Brentwood where you can walk over to the Wadsworth after dinner. Sor Tino is pretty good as well by the way. There are a number of good Italian Restaurants on San Vicente. Aslo, Pizzacoto is good and reasonable.

          2. Toscana, Pizzacatto (sp?), La Scala -- all on San Vicente near Barrington, so close to the Theater. All good food. I don't like Tanino food or service and, more important, I don't think it would be convenient: It's in Westwood and the Thurs night traffic from Westwood to Brentwood at that hour is BRUTAL and you'll spend all your fime cursing traffic. Rather be eating!

            1. I highly recommend Vincenti. If not for that evening then check it out some other time. It's great.

              http://www.vincentiristorante.com/

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              1. re: LetMeEatCake

                Vincente is a lovely special occasion or destination restaurant. The food is sublime. It does not feel as if it is a part of the neighborhood Toscana, Pizzicotto, La Scala are the neighborhood joints. Sor Tino, Pecorino and Palmierei are pretty much dead.
                For great food and a great neighborhood feel, Toscana is the clear winner!!

                1. re: LetMeEatCake

                  Love Vincenti, but I wouldn't go pre-theater, as I like to eat leisurely-ly there.

                  I'd consider Divino on Barrington Ct.

                  Sawtelle strip is close-by too (Sasabune, Kiriko, Hide, 2117, Sawtelle Kitchen, Orris)

                  Depending where you're coming from, you could hit Nook on SM Blvd or Javan on SM at Butler for Persian.

                  Perhaps Upstairs2 on Cotner, but you may choose to be closer to the theatre.

                  If you want to hit Westwood, and you're willing to go ethnic, perhaps Shamshiri on Westwood. Or, Palomino or the Gardens on Glendon (great time for the patio).

                  1. re: Emme

                    Sasabune is no longer on Sawtelle; Orris is tricky because they don't take reservations and get a very early crowd, so you are risking your theatre start time.
                    Stick with one of the Brentwood restuarants which will take a reservation.

                  2. re: LetMeEatCake

                    My husband and I have tried Vincenti twice and found it to be a huge, overpriced disappointment, in both food and service. I just don't get that place.

                  3. We are going to the Wadsworth one week from wednesday. If you want to avoid parking your car twice, than leave it in the restaurant parking lot and walk over to the theatre. We plan to have dinner at Pecorino because the food is good, the place is quiet and it is directly across from the closest gate entrance to the theatre grounds.
                    Hope you enjoy Putnam County!