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Best SEAFOOD PASTA in LA & surrounding area??

Liquid Sky Aug 19, 2007 07:46 AM

Hi Hounds,

Looking for best linguine with clams, or any fresh seafood pasta.

Like they have in southern Italy.


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    calabasas_trafalgar Aug 24, 2007 11:37 PM

    No clams, but Domenico's in Pasadena makes a dynamite linguini scampi! One of my all-time favorite dishes.

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    1. re: calabasas_trafalgar
      Liquid Sky Aug 25, 2007 03:19 PM

      God, how I love scampi!! Although the scampi in Italy consist of those large shrimp. I don't see scampi here in the states like that.

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        whatsfordinner Aug 25, 2007 04:48 PM

        The scampi at Via Veneto is similar to what I had in Italy.

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          Liquid Sky Aug 25, 2007 08:49 PM


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          calabasas_trafalgar Aug 25, 2007 10:07 PM

          this one is!

          1. re: calabasas_trafalgar
            Liquid Sky Aug 26, 2007 04:24 PM

            Wow, after reading a bunch of reviews about VIA VENETO, I feel really discouraged from wanting to eat there! Too many stories of sneaky waiters trying to upsell wine, water, etc. I hate that!

            Not to mention pressure about table-turnover.

            Does anyone have negative experiences regarding these things at Via Veneto??

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        New Trial Aug 24, 2007 06:40 PM

        The spaghetti al cartoccio at Drago in Santa Monica is very good but is usually served for two. The bianchi e neri (black and white tagliolini with baby clams and arugula) at its sister restaurant, Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills, is also quite wonderful.

        1. SauceSupreme Aug 24, 2007 02:20 PM

          Though reports have widely varied, I'm quite okay with Fabiolus Cafe.

          Never been to the other location, though.

          Fabiolus Cafe
          6270 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

          1. yinyang Aug 20, 2007 01:20 PM

            For linguine with clams I love Marino off of Melrose Avenue. All of their pastas are great. Not too heavy and the pasta is al dente.

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            1. re: yinyang
              Liquid Sky Aug 23, 2007 08:00 PM

              My friend recommended Marino's to me. Thanks for the reminder!

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              2chez mike Aug 19, 2007 03:45 PM

              Haven't been there in a couple of years but Ca Brea has a dish called bigoletti.that I always enjoyed. Thick spaghetti topped with assorted shellfish in a red sauce.

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              1. re: 2chez mike
                Liquid Sky Aug 23, 2007 07:59 PM

                Thanks, mike!

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                  LuigiOrtega Aug 24, 2007 08:49 AM

                  Just there last night and had it. Fantastic, nice place, great service. As our Governer says. I'll be back!

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                  whatsfordinner Aug 19, 2007 03:41 PM

                  Via Veneto on Main St in Santa Monica has an amazing pasta with scampi and bottarga.

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                    Liquid Sky Aug 20, 2007 07:26 AM

                    I've been thinking of trying Via Veneto. Wasn't sure if it was considered a tourist trap or not...

                    1. re: Liquid Sky
                      whatsfordinner Aug 20, 2007 12:59 PM

                      It has more of a locals vibe than a touristy one, although at this time of year I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of tourists are there.

                  2. hrhboo Aug 19, 2007 12:11 PM

                    Toscana does a wonderful Spaghetti Mare full of clams, mussels and shrimp.

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                    1. re: hrhboo
                      Liquid Sky Aug 19, 2007 12:24 PM

                      Yum! Thanks, Everyone.

                    2. Emme Aug 19, 2007 11:34 AM

                      Vivoli Cafe does an awesome Linguini with Shrimp, Lobster in Pink Sauce, and Penne w/ Salmon.

                      L'Angelo's Linguine Mare

                      1. Foodandwine Aug 19, 2007 09:38 AM

                        I like the seafood pasta at Alejos on Lincoln In MDR.. BYOB and the bread with garlic oil will have you smelling for days! They have several different renditions too..

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                          Liquid Sky Aug 26, 2007 01:48 PM

                          Sounds like a great deal... love those BYOBs!

                        2. Servorg Aug 19, 2007 07:49 AM


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