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  1. La Buca on Melrose.

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    La Buca
    5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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    1. re: sku

      I don't get the love for La Buca. Had an awful meal there. A fish dish that was so "fishy" we had to send it back. And the burrata dish was so pedestrian I forgot it almost immediately.

      I enjoy both Angelini Osteria and La Terza.

      1. re: sebi

        It's all about the gnocchi.

      2. re: sku

        YES IT IS.... and the best design! www.spacecraftgroup.com for more designs from Kris Keith!!

        1. re: russkar

          agreed. not technically in hollywood but close enough.

          1. re: russkar

            Absolutely! Easily the best lasagna in LA!!

          2. Assuming you're not going to go all the way to Melrose for Angelini, my vote is for Fabiolus on Sunset.

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            Fabiolus Cafe
            6270 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

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            1. re: SauceSupreme

              My last meal at Fabiolus will be my last meal at Fabiolus. It was a Sunday lunch, about a year ago. I ordered shimp and linguini. The linguini was overcooked. The shrimp tasted like they'd been pre-cooked and dumped into the sauce. I took the leftovers home but couldn't bring myself to eat them.

            2. Hands down Angelini Osteria (or the sister restarant La Terza -- but more West Hollywood area).

              1. East of La Brea: La Buca
                West of La Brea: Angelini Osteria
                Can't go wrong with either.

                1. Perhaps not "the best", but IMO, the best in terms of food/price that I've had was Angeli Caffe. Amazing pizza, ricotta gnocchi and smart, reasonable wine list.

                  http://www.angelicaffe.com/

                  1. Marino on Melrose near Wilcox.

                    I also like Frankie's on Melrose just west of La Brea.

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                    1. re: 2chez mike

                      I think Marino is highly underrated. I've always had great meals there.

                      1. re: Jwsel

                        I've always had a very good meal at Marino and am surprised how many people have never heard of it.

                    2. Madeo or Angelini/La Terza

                      1. I heard All' Angelo on Melrose is delicious.

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                        1. re: nishi

                          Has anyone dined at All’ Angelo since the ristorante's reinvention by its owner to a trattoria (with dishes priced at $20 and below)?

                          http://tinyurl.com/cwnvp3
                          http://www.allangelo.com/menu.asp

                          1. re: yinyangdi

                            All' Angelo's "value" menu was very good; I'm not sure why I haven't gone back but thanks for reminding me. We had cheese plate, lamb pappardelle, meatballs (not as expected but good).

                            I love Angelini Osteria as everyone else here does. Nonna lasagne, no question.

                        2. Definitely Angelini Osteria - it's one of my favorites in the city. Make reservations in advance.

                          1. Girasole is tasty, too. And not as far east of La Brea as La Buca. Spinach gnocchi is delicious! Also try the bresaola appetizer--it's well-balanced and is enough for four to share for a light starter. No wine list, but you can BYOB. There's a wine shop a couple doors down, and there's no corkage fee.

                            Girasole
                            225 1/2 N Larchmont Blvd
                            Los Angeles, CA
                            90004-3706
                            Phone: (323) 464-6978

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                            Girasole Restaurant & Takeout
                            225 1/2 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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                            1. And in the heart of Hollywood is Melograno on Hollywood Blvd. Bad, tourist-trap surroundings (the neighborhood, not the decor), and yet phenomenal Italian food!

                              1. And by best, did you mean strictly food, or food, service and ambiance? Here's my 2 cents..

                                GIRASOLE-GREAT food, service a bit rushed, and ambiance nothing to really speak of
                                ANGELINI-usually great food, although not quite up to par the last time I ate there (last summer), always terrific service, ambiance okay, as it's a bit bright. Wonderful Branzino.
                                PIZZARIA MOZZA-I love the food, and the ambiance(although plenty will disagree). Service is spotty, has been perfect, really shitty, and everything in between. Pretty affordable, and the BUDINO!!!
                                OSTERIA MOZZA-Great food, service better than next door, still rock and roll vibe, but a bit more stuffy than their counterpart.
                                DANTANAS-allright, not the best food, but a really fun place. Old school waiters, great cocktails, and an all around good, ols Hollywood vibe.
                                THE RAINBOW-I know, I know. What can I say? GREAT people watching (c'mon, where else can you have stuffed mushrooms and a conversation with Lemmy from Motorhead? And I actually like their food a lot. Their eggplant Parmegiana is the best I've ever had.
                                PACE-Food is passable, but nothing beats having a romantic dinner nestled in Laurel Canyon. Love it.
                                AND.....Two other places who's names I can't remember for the life of me! One is on 3rd(?) right by Ceders-Sinai, pasta made in house, was very very good....And the other is in the hotel that is diagonal to the Troubadour....there is a tiny Italian restaurant in the courtyard, my favorite in summertime, the food is great, and sitting outside on a patio filled with twinkly little lights makes it a GREAT date place. (Okay, that hits more into Beverly Hills than W. Hollywood, but whatever)