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What's the best Italian in the Hollywood area?

thrilla05 Jul 9, 2007 06:02 AM


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  1. sku RE: thrilla05 Jul 9, 2007 06:19 AM

    La Buca on Melrose.

    La Buca
    5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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      sebi RE: sku Jul 9, 2007 09:59 AM

      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.

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        sku RE: sebi Jul 9, 2007 09:59 AM

        It's all about the gnocchi.

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        Anela RE: sku Mar 30, 2009 03:35 PM

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

      3. russkar RE: thrilla05 Jul 9, 2007 06:30 AM

        Angelini Osteria

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          wilafur RE: russkar Jul 9, 2007 07:28 PM

          agreed. not technically in hollywood but close enough.

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            hdalsy RE: russkar Mar 31, 2009 01:40 PM

            Absolutely! Easily the best lasagna in LA!!

          2. SauceSupreme RE: thrilla05 Jul 9, 2007 08:55 AM

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

            Fabiolus Cafe
            6270 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

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              hpcat RE: SauceSupreme Jul 9, 2007 04:58 PM

              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.

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              Obessed RE: thrilla05 Jul 9, 2007 09:34 AM

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

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                nimo RE: thrilla05 Jul 9, 2007 09:46 AM

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

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                  vinosnob RE: thrilla05 Jul 9, 2007 10:36 AM

                  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.


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                    2chez mike RE: thrilla05 Jul 9, 2007 11:40 AM

                    Marino on Melrose near Wilcox.

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

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                      Jwsel RE: 2chez mike Mar 31, 2009 01:08 PM

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

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                        rednyellow RE: Jwsel Apr 1, 2009 12:29 AM

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

                    2. Ciao Bob RE: thrilla05 Jul 9, 2007 11:43 AM

                      Madeo or Angelini/La Terza

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                        nishi RE: thrilla05 Jul 9, 2007 04:41 PM

                        I heard All' Angelo on Melrose is delicious.

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                          yinyangdi RE: nishi Mar 31, 2009 12:57 PM

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


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                            outshined RE: yinyangdi Mar 31, 2009 03:02 PM

                            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.

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                          chris1621 RE: thrilla05 Jul 9, 2007 07:17 PM

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

                          1. riceflour RE: thrilla05 Jul 9, 2007 07:34 PM

                            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.

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

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

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                              schrutefarms RE: riceflour Mar 31, 2009 12:10 AM

                              Definitely Girasole.

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                              FranklinJefferson RE: thrilla05 Mar 30, 2009 04:21 PM

                              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!

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                                schrutefarms RE: thrilla05 Mar 31, 2009 01:37 PM

                                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)

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