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Studio City to Glendale - where to take son's girlfriend to dinner?

suskela Sep 4, 2007 07:51 PM

It's my son's girlfriend's birthday, and she loves Italian food. We're trying to coordinate dinner halfway between Pasadena and the SFV. I love her, but not too expensive, please. Thanks!

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    Griller141 RE: suskela Sep 4, 2007 08:04 PM

    Underrated, probably because it's in Glendale, is Far Niente (Brand at about California). Not overly elegant - but very nice - and you will be hard pressed to come up with better Italian cuisine outside of the Westside. Perfect pastas, reliable preparations of old favorites; lots of good veal including a never on the regular menu chop; burrata cheese is often available and a revelation; porcinis never disappoint; fish specials are very nice and reliably fresh. Not screamingly cheap, but you won't feel ripped off. Runs about $50 per, including modest drinks/wines.

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      justanotherpenguin RE: Griller141 Sep 4, 2007 09:37 PM

      absolutely 2nd far niente. it is by far the best italian in the area, is not too expensive, but not the cheapest. if you think that she may be a keeper, take her.

      you could also go to vitello's on tujunga in studio city (where bonnie blake met her demise). the atmosphere is very "clubbish", but the food is so-so.

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        djdebs RE: justanotherpenguin Sep 4, 2007 10:43 PM

        I want to try Far Niente myself! I'm in Silver Lake and my usual picks are more neighborhoody places like Farfalla, La Buca, Michelangelo -- good but I wouldn't make a special trip from the valley or Pasadena. I just wanted to say, please don't take her to Vitello's. My (now) ex-boyfriend's parents took me there last year, and the food wasn't so-so; it was really dreadful. But no, the breakup had nothing to do with the restaurant.

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      klaatu RE: suskela Sep 4, 2007 08:36 PM

      Dude. Dating your son's girlfriend. That's cold.

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        suskela RE: klaatu Sep 4, 2007 09:20 PM

        Loved your reply - thanks for making me laugh!

      2. thegingerbreadgirl RE: suskela Sep 5, 2007 02:21 PM

        This is in the SFV, so it might be too far... but we love a little Italian place called Zach's, on Ventura Blvd. (cross street Lankershim). It's based out of a converted house, so very cozy looking and the food is excellent. I took my mom there last time she visited L.A. and she adored it.

        Prices are very reasonable, plus you can bring your own bottle of wine for a $5 corking fee!

        Zach's Italian Cafe
        10820 Ventura Boulevard
        Studio City, CA 91604

        1. tatertotsrock RE: suskela Sep 5, 2007 03:18 PM

          FAR NIENTE
          One of my good ol' stand by places.
          The service has kinda gotten shakey lately but the bus boys (who have been there for at leat 15-20 years-I have been going there for that long) are terrific.
          This place has one of my favorite petite fillets in toen. Oh, good wine list too.

          1. Emme RE: suskela Sep 5, 2007 05:22 PM

            Ca del Sole.

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              mattesq RE: Emme Sep 5, 2007 07:02 PM


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                Bite Me RE: mattesq Sep 5, 2007 08:10 PM


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              rickym13 RE: suskela Sep 5, 2007 05:28 PM

              far niente is nice place to go without getting too formal..love their FettuccineCardinal Mahony - lobster, bay scallops in cognac cream tomatoe sauce....yumm

              also little nicer imo down the street is fresco ristorante on brand

              1. mrshankly RE: suskela Sep 5, 2007 06:37 PM

                Try Divina Cucina in Montrose right off of the 210Fwy.


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                  jackattack RE: mrshankly Sep 5, 2007 06:57 PM

                  Agree! Divina Cucina!

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                    tatertotsrock RE: mrshankly Sep 5, 2007 07:19 PM

                    What would you suggest ordering there?I used to drive by it all the time when we were on our way to Bistro Verdu.
                    It looks cute.
                    Is there a bar where one could dine alone quietly?

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                      mrshankly RE: tatertotsrock Sep 5, 2007 08:21 PM

                      Unfortunately, they don't have a bar. Their Pollo alla Gorgonzola is quite good. Let us know what you think of it if you go.

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                    LMelba RE: suskela Sep 5, 2007 07:11 PM

                    I just had a great meal at Market City Cafe in Burbank. 'm not sure if it's ritzy enough for a birthday but it cute inside and on patio (I'm a sucker for twinkle lights). Oh and their antipasta bar is delicious.

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