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Le Petit Cafe or Pizzicotto?

Having dinner tomorrow night with a friend of mine. Looking for a semi-casual but nice place to have dinner and catch up. Can't decide between Le Petit Cafe (in Santa Monica) or Pizzicotto (in Brentwood). I like both French and Italian so food type isn't a factor. Trying to get a sense of which has better food (and ambience) overall.

I've driven by Le Petit Cafe so I know it's a small restaurant but is it cramped? Can't picture where Pizzicotto is on San Vicente so don't have any sense of the size or ambience.

Any advice?
Thanks in advance!

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  1. Food at Pizzicoto is fantastic, but it's extremely cramped. So if you don't like cramped, go elsewhere. It's like eating in a friends kitchen, with all the tables against each other.

    However, the food is great.

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    1. re: yogachik

      Thank you! Sounds like Angelini Osteria. Love the food but the waiters hit my elbow about 5 times everytime I dine there.

      1. re: bruinike

        If you eat upstairs at Pizzicotto, there is a bit more table room.

        1. re: bruinike

          angelini osteria is spacious compared to pizzicotto. =)

      2. i like pizzicotto, but for less cramped try amici at 26th and san vicente or for a little more money palmeri on san vicente (not as high priced at vincenti)

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        1. re: Emme

          Thanks for the tip! Interested to try Palmeri (already been to Amici). What's the atmosphere/vibe like?

          1. re: bruinike

            Got a great vibe, classy yet not pretentious or uptight. Great service and yummy cannolis as well as other dishes.

        2. I don't know where you ended up, but I have to say I would never miss a chance to go to Le Petit Cafe. A delightful place in every way (unless you're trying to find a parking space at lunchtime!). Great food, very friendly service and prices.

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          1. re: Will Owen

            My dinner got postponed to next week so advice is still welcome and appreciated. Thank you!

            1. re: bruinike

              pizzicotto is merely ok in my book; i've been there a few times but each time i said why-- i haven't liked any of the brentwood italian places, really

              1. re: epop

                The problem with nearly all Italian restaurants in the San Vicente corridor is that most of the owners and staff started out at Toscana, or its derivatives, and thus they all know the customer base and seem to copy each other's menus, cooking, etc.