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Uni Spaghetti or Risotto?

Who has the best? Westside preferred but I'll drive if it's worth it!

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  1. I wanna know too!

    The more uni, the better!

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    1. re: Diana

      I had a very good uni risotto at Shima on Abbot Kinney but it was tiny. I'm hoping to find something a little more substantial and yes, the more uni the better!

    2. for a quick fix, i'd suggest blue marlin on sawtelle.

      i heard spoon house in gardena is great.

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      1. re: wilafur

        I HATED the uni spaghetti at blue marlin. Really poor quality uni. yechhhh

        1. re: MeowMixx

          Agreed

          1. re: MeowMixx

            =(

            1. re: wilafur

              Sorry. It may have been an aberration. I thought the uni served at Mako was great and of course, Sushi Zo.

              1. re: Servorg

                no need being sorry. perhaps they are letting the quality slip at blue marlin now?

                1. re: wilafur

                  I think perhaps that Blue Marlin is too much of a "good value" restaurant and when it comes to uni you really can't skimp on paying for the freshest, highest quality product.

                2. re: Servorg

                  I'm totally spoiled by Zo's uni. Eating anything of lesser quality is inconceivable

              2. re: MeowMixx

                I've had really up and down experience with uni (and some other things) at Blue Marlin-- sometimes it has been OK and sometimes really *not* OK :( I stick with mentaiko-cream, ume, or tuna tartar spaghetti.
                If they're in a downhill slide, this wouldn't be the first time. (They've been through several managements if I understand correctly, and they seem to have a pattern of pulling it together again for a while and slipping again? :S ) Cute place, though...

            2. had one w/ spaghetti on sunday at Toscana and it was fine, not as good as at basta pasta in nyc.
              i'd make it at home, actually.

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              1. re: epop

                I love Toscana! Do you know if it was a special, or is it a regular menu item?

                1. re: hrhboo

                  a special at Toscana.

                  btw, i would never (again) eat at Locanda portofino. it is overpriced, loud, the waiters are arrogant and their food is sub-par.

                  1. re: epop

                    Sorry to hear that epop.. I've been a regular patron of LP for about 3 years and never had any of those issues (well maybe the loud bit on a Friday or Saturday night -- which I spoke to the brothers (owners) about and when they remodeled they tried to improve the acoustics with more sound dampening.) I find the pricing in line with their ingredients (when something has bottarga or truffles it's generous portions.) As for the waiters and food, it's always been the exact opposite for me (even the first time I went.)

                    I hope that your judgment is off of one night and not something you've experienced in a second visit. Every restaurant can have an off night.

                    1. re: brunello

                      brunello- i went twice, months apart from one another.

                      i asked for not much oil with my pasta and ended up with 5x the usual amount. the others at the table liked their meal (except one of the kids)but i consider myself to be much more uncompromising and really left feeling angry. i tasted from their plates as well and was unimpressed. Montana doesn't have a recommendable place, imho.

                    2. re: epop

                      Thanks! I'll call Toscana before I go to see when they might have it.

                      Loudness and arrogance don't really bother me if the food is good, so I might give Locanda a try as well.

                2. Locando Portofino at 11th & Montana, Santa Monica makes a really fantastic uni pasta. It's on and off the specials menu... so call ahead. Beautifully al dente perfect pasta and a really rich sauce with a fairly large uni amount.

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                  1. re: brunello

                    wow
                    i love uni pasta. ive never seen it outside Japan (i live in London)
                    can you get mentaiko (spicy fish roe) pasta there too? thats amazing.. infact, in Tokyo once i had a 'deluxe' pasta which was a mix of uni, mentaiko and raw squid, topped with Nori.. yum.. :)

                    1. re: foreignmuck

                      gosh, that sounds mighty tastey!

                      1. re: foreignmuck

                        haven't tried it myself (i always stick to the spaghetti w/ natto), but the spoon house in gardena carries spaghetti w/ uni

                    2. It was at least a year and a half ago (if not more) but I had a very tasty uni spaghetti at La Terza.

                      1. Thanks for all the recs everyone. I'm looking forward to trying them out.

                        1. Call Spoon House in Torrance/Gardena it is Japanese/Italian. Great Place, get the coffee flavored desserts.

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                          1. re: Burger Boy

                            Second the Spoon House rec. Theirs is a tarako butter sauce topped with uni, ika, and/or seaweed. Really good.

                            Sometimes Il Chianti in Lomita has uni spaghetti on its menu. It's a Japanese-Italian place. One of my faves.

                            Providence once had a meyer lemon uni risotto on their menu.

                            http://poptisserie.blogspot.com/

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                            Providence
                            5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                            Il Chianti
                            24503 Narbonne Ave, Lomita, CA 90717

                            Spoon House
                            1601 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

                          2. The best uni "spaghetti" I've had was at Zo (of course). The "spaghetti" was thin strips of ika, tossed with an uni sauce. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!

                            1. Ken at Kiriko does an uni risotto sometimes

                              1. Providence has a market special of chitarra ( a square shaped spaghetti) w/ uni , summer truffle & green onions right now. You can order it ala carte-it's amazing !!!!

                                1. Zo has Uni spaghetti!! Let's get some!

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                                  1. re: PlatypusJ

                                    Zo's is not made with pasta, but w/ squid

                                    1. re: epop

                                      That's actually even better (not least for my waistline!)

                                    2. re: PlatypusJ

                                      As if I needed another reason to go to Zo! I'm so there.

                                    3. GRACE HAS HAD A SEA URCHIN AND ROCK SHRIMP RISOTTO THAT MADE ME MAKE OBSCENE NOISES EVERYTIME I ATE IT...TOTALLY ORGASMIC....MMMM, OOOOOH, MMMM, OH YES, SO GOOD.

                                      1. I LOVE Spaghetti con Ricci. Best I've had in LA was a special at La Terza. Souns like I need to try it at Locando Portofino.