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Good Italian in Studio City area?

pinksand Aug 8, 2007 12:22 PM

For a birthday, but doesn't need to be particularly fancy. Just good solid Italian food. Thanks!

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    anothernotch Aug 8, 2007 04:47 PM

    I haven't been in ages, no longer live in the area, but San Remo, last I recall, made really good Italian.

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      BearCity Aug 8, 2007 04:19 PM

      I prefer Spumoni, just around the corner from Oliva on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. The gnocchi is generally fantastic.

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      1. re: BearCity
        chowchi1 Aug 8, 2007 05:43 PM

        Spumoni on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks is very good -- just was there last evening. Home-style Italian at reasonable prices. Neighborhood place!

      2. tatertotsrock Aug 8, 2007 04:11 PM


        La Loggia
        La Loggia
        La Loggia!


        And very good service and lovely wine lists and mellow, no pretense, atmosphere....you can get dolled up or dressed down and will feel welcome in both.

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          jenngen Aug 8, 2007 03:47 PM


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            carter Aug 8, 2007 03:23 PM

            There isn't one, nor in Sherman Oaks either!
            but ca del sole on Lankershim & Cahuenga is more enjoyable than the rest with at least comparable, maybe better food.

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              tatertotsrock Aug 8, 2007 04:10 PM

              Excuse Me carter, but you must not have tried Oliva or La Loggia yet...Ca De Sole used to be good back in 92-94 but hasn't been good since...the only thing good is the patio (except people smoke out there) and the Prosecco they pour during the Sunday Brunch...other than that...CDS is not that impressive.

              1. re: tatertotsrock
                carter Aug 8, 2007 06:33 PM

                I tried Oliva twice, and must say it was not bad, yet nothing different from most anything anyone else is doing. Nice people, just like at Tiramisu, Spumoni, Risotto, Mezzomondo, Panzanella, and La Loggia. Yet, take a blind taste test and you could not tell any of them apart and they all seem to be serving the same menu, by and large.
                And while spumoni may be known for its gnocchi, it will never be an item of interest to me personally. I really have to strain to find something to order that I really WANT to eat, as opposed to something I will eat as others have decided the venue and I come along with them. I would never select any of them, given a choice.
                The only good thing about ca del sole is the ambiance, patio included, yet agree that the food is not what it used to be, yet it still holds up well against all those mentioned in this post.
                I will also never know about the Prosecco as I don't do brunch at all, and seldom Prosecco even at dinner.

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                bodie Aug 8, 2007 07:59 PM

                Carter is right - Ca'del'Sol is probably the best option.
                Then there are several, vaguely acceptable options - MezzoMondo, Tiramisu & Loggia.
                To my knowledge, there is not anything close to a stellar Italian restaurant in the Valley.

              3. stollingrone007 Aug 8, 2007 02:50 PM

                La Loggia on Ventura Blvd.

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                  colemanhawkins Aug 8, 2007 02:43 PM

                  Oliva. Vanuys blvd and moorpark accross from the in and out. AMAZING lasagna.

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                    jjmommi Aug 8, 2007 01:47 PM

                    By far the best and most affordble, Little Toni's @ 4745 Lankershim Blvd
                    North Hollywood, CA 91602
                    (818) 763-0131

                    They have a family meal that you can get for 4 or more which starts with bread, salad-yummy blue cheese and italian dressing, then spaghetti, then pizza. It is so yummy and I think it is $40 add more for more people.

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                      Jack Flash Aug 8, 2007 01:42 PM

                      Mezzomondo trattoria is truly excellent.

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                        Diana Aug 8, 2007 12:59 PM

                        Il Tiramisu in Sherman Oaks on Ventura.

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                          CarlieInLA Aug 8, 2007 02:41 PM

                          I second Il Tiramisu, just had a lovely birthday dinner there!

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                            Emme Aug 8, 2007 03:28 PM

                            Third Il Tiramisu.

                            Have liked Risotto, Panzanella, and Cucina Bene ain't bad.

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