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Sep 24, 2007 07:34 AM

Best non-highend Italian on the west side

Hi all. Looking for recs for the best Italian food that doesn't cost an arm and a leg on the west side. I know there are tons of Italian restaurants in the area, but most of the ones i know are expensive high end places in the brentwood/bh area. What are really good yet causual places that you could go to on a regular basis? Extra points if they deliver too!

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    1. In Santa Monica - Fritto Misto and La Vecchia.

      1. I really love Cucina Paradiso, but I'm not sure if you would consider it high end or not. I can get away with wearing jeans and a t-shirt to this place, but it's nicely decorated inside. Great service, Great food.

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        1. re: dinami

          Agree. Not "cheap" but an excellent value.

        2. I really like Il Carpaccio in the Palisades. It's very casual and the food is fantastic.
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          1. re: whatsfordinner

            I would say that it is a very casual restaurant and the food is very good, but also not by any means inexpensive. The quality is better, but it is far more expensive than Vittorio's or Modo Mio, and that's just in the Palisades.

          2. Giovanni's Trattoria & Pizzeria
            10026 Venice Blvd
            Culver City, CA 90232
            (310) 839-1757

            very neighborhoody, i've only eaten here once for lunch, and thought the pasta was good and freshly made. not much ambience but pretty good food.

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            1. re: modernist

              I second this Recommendation but note it is BYOB only but Trader Joe's is not to far away