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Anniversary Italian?

hippodeir Nov 1, 2007 04:41 PM

Hey all,

Does anyone have suggestions for a great, romantic Italian restaurant in LA (preferably on the westside?)

I wanted to go to Peppone in Brentwood for our wedding anniversary, but they're closed for repairs.... :(


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  1. burumun RE: hippodeir Nov 1, 2007 05:11 PM

    Angelini Osteria is my favorite Italian place at the moment. It's pretty cramped and usually crowded though, so I don't know about the romantic part?
    Maybe Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills?

    In Brentwood there's also Pecorino which is pretty good. Nothing too fancy or special, but good food, and no crowd


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      Obessed RE: burumun Nov 2, 2007 10:04 AM

      I would recommend La Terza. Same chef/owner as Angelini, but totally different atmosphere (much more romantic and quiet). I think the food might even be a little better these days since Angelini is there most of the time.

      Another suggestion would be All' Angelo.

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        chestnutnd RE: Obessed Nov 3, 2007 01:03 AM

        Second on La Terza. Much quieter and far better service than Angelini, which can be outrageously hectic on weekend nights. Great food at both and reasonable prices for the quality.

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      New Trial RE: hippodeir Nov 1, 2007 05:24 PM

      Either Valentino's (Pico near Centinela) or Vincenti (San Vicente near Bundy) would be great choices for a celebration.

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        Foodandwine RE: New Trial Nov 1, 2007 05:28 PM

        On a more reasonable scale Vitos on Pico.. nice spot too and good food too..

        Vitos Italian Restaurant
        2807 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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          Schweinhaxen RE: Foodandwine Nov 2, 2007 09:46 AM

          Vito's is hardly an anniversary place unless you want to dump your SO. While the food is great and in my mind the best pizza in LA, it has zero ambiance. Do yourself a favor and go to Valentino. Nuff said!

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            NYCnowLA RE: Schweinhaxen Nov 2, 2007 10:33 AM

            not Vito's - Vito. Completely different. Vito's - pizza, Vito - no pizza.

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        RicRios RE: hippodeir Nov 1, 2007 09:48 PM

        Really romantic and Italian?
        Buy your better half some tchochkes at Bulgari's or Ferragamo, then walk to the Enoteca on CaƱon Drive.

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          omakase RE: hippodeir Nov 2, 2007 02:04 AM

          LA DOLCE VITA - 9785 Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Attentive service, romantic ambience, excellent Italian. This is not a pizza joint. This is an upscale, white tablecloth restaurant. You will fall in love all over again.

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            holleygolitely RE: omakase Nov 2, 2007 07:40 AM

            Yes-La Dolce Vita!~ Omakase said it perfectly. And you'll never return to Peppone after going to La Dolce.

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              chestnutnd RE: omakase Nov 3, 2007 01:07 AM

              WOW: Has something changed? This place was out of date in the 70's.

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                RicRios RE: chestnutnd Nov 3, 2007 02:46 PM

                It still is.

            2. Emme RE: hippodeir Nov 3, 2007 08:59 PM

              Via Veneto is my favorite really.

              To second another poster, I do like Pecorino as well, but prefer my first rec.

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                whatsfordinner RE: hippodeir Nov 4, 2007 08:04 AM

                1. Osteria Mozza
                2. Via Veneto

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