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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 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 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 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 Sep 4, 2007 08:36 PM

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

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        suskela Sep 4, 2007 09:20 PM

        Loved your reply - thanks for making me laugh!

      2. thegingerbreadgirl 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 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 Sep 5, 2007 05:22 PM

            Ca del Sole.

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              mattesq Sep 5, 2007 07:02 PM

              Second.

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                Bite Me Sep 5, 2007 08:10 PM

                Third

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              rickym13 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 Sep 5, 2007 06:37 PM

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

                www.divinacucinarestaurant.com

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                  jackattack Sep 5, 2007 06:57 PM

                  Agree! Divina Cucina!

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                    tatertotsrock Sep 5, 2007 07:19 PM

                    mrshankly,
                    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 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 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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