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Aug 16, 2007 10:48 AM

Scene-y Italian

I have a couple friends in from Italy, and they put me up to the challenge of finding a great Italian restaurant. So far, they've been under-whelmed by LA's restaurants: Spago, Koi, Mastros. They didn't necessarily hate these places, but I can tell they aren't impressed, especially after they take one bite and start ordering more sake bombs.

The two are in their 20s; so, I would like to find fun atmosphere and good food. Oh, and a great wine list, please. I was very impressed with their wine acumen.

Here's what's going through my mind:

OsMo - They're booked tonight, but might wait it out.
Valentino - Might put them to sleep.
Ago - Fun place, I don't think it's one of LA's best.
Giorgio - There has to be better.
Capo - Maybe?

Am I missing some place? Am I wrong about Ago? What's that place in Sunset Plaza? How does that rank? Thanks for the help.

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  1. when i came back from Italy, i was sooo picky on which place was worth "italian" restaurant title. the only one i have found is Osteria La Buca.

    Melrose and Wilton.

    they have like 12 tables but they are expanding!!! you have to ask to check out the construction next door! it looks great!!!!!!!!!

        1. re: Servorg

          i hear the tomato tasting menu on wednesdays is a pretty special experience. might be worth a try if your friends like tomatoes...

      1. Not exactly a scene, but Piccolo Paradiso in BH has some of the best Italian food outside of Italy, IMO.

        1. Via Veneto on Main St in Santa Monica!!! I like it better than Ago, Cap and Giorgio (haven't tried the others). It's fun, friendly and the pastas are amazing -- order anything with bottarga.

          1. How about Angelini Osteria or La Terza?