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best italian with least attitude

jay 1 Nov 29, 2007 08:14 PM

the most recent discussion i'ver seen of italian was about a year ago. so, from hollywood west and north of the airport, what's the best (no valentino or vincenti please). grazie.

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    soccerandlost Nov 29, 2007 09:50 PM

    Outside the "mainstream", I think Spumoni is the best value and Locanda Portofino the best food. I also like several of Giacamino Drago's restaurants -- in particular, Piccolo Paradiso and Il Pastaio. None has any attitude.

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    1. re: soccerandlost
      soccerandlost Nov 30, 2007 07:34 AM

      I agree with Minnie. Add Angelini Osteria to my list as well. After reading PaulF's comment, I may have to try Enzo and Angela as well. I've heard of it, but never tried it.

    2. paulfromla Nov 29, 2007 10:03 PM

      gotta give a shout-out to my neighborhood place, enzo and angela at wilshire/barrington in west la- named after the owners/chefs who are always visible in the kitchen giving it a bit of mom and pop feel - the food is excellent, usually well prepared when the owners are manning the stoves - the specials are always the way to go - had an incredible linguine with shrimp and lemon recently - it was pricey but packed with shrimp and great flavor - also had a sausages and polenta that was memorable - it's in a strip mall and has zero attitude

      1. Emme Nov 29, 2007 10:15 PM

        via veneto

        angeli caffe

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          minnie Nov 29, 2007 10:47 PM

          Il Pastaio and Angelini Osteria on Beverly

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          Diana Nov 30, 2007 07:39 AM

          For me that would be Angeli Caffe. Good food (not too traditional, though) and great atmosphere. Maybe the new Cafe Roma SPQR?

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            Francesca Nov 30, 2007 07:48 AM

            Il Carpaccio in Pacific Palisades

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              whatsfordinner Nov 30, 2007 07:56 AM

              I'll second Il Carpaccio - warm and welcoming with great food.

            2. re: Diana
              droyal Dec 3, 2007 12:02 AM

              Cafe Roma SPQR has good food and ZERO attitude . . . well, actually not true It's a husband and wife operation. He cooks, she serves, and they are very, very friendly.

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              jessicak Dec 1, 2007 10:50 PM

              Our favorite Italian restaurant without attitude is Hoboken on Westwood Blvd. just north of Pico. Reasonable, usually quite good. Great chopped salad, among other things.

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                Jeryy Dec 1, 2007 11:15 PM

                I have never been less than delighted by the food, service and ambiance at Il Moro, on Purdue just S. of Olympic a few blocks west of Sawtelle. It's a little pricey, but it's great. Try the roasted chicken.

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                  Francesca Dec 2, 2007 09:03 AM

                  Il Moro is also a favorite. Their seafood is always wild, not farmed. The staff has a good attitude, too.

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                  soccerandlost Dec 2, 2007 12:24 PM

                  I have no idea how I forgot Hoboken. We live nearby and probably eat there twice a month. I agree that they have great food at reasonable prices. And their staff is very friendly. In particular, I like their chopped salad, pasta e fagioli, bruschetta, lasagna, baked rigatoni, veal parmesan, and spaghetti and meatballs. Great Sunday Supper comfort food...

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                  bruinike Dec 1, 2007 11:18 PM

                  Amarone Kitchen & Wine, Cafe Bella Roma, Novecento, Angeli Caffe

                  1. SauceSupreme Dec 2, 2007 08:52 AM

                    I just had a memorable dinner at All'Angelo last night, so I'll add that as a recommendation.

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                      carter Dec 2, 2007 03:17 PM

                      But with no attitude?
                      Good as it is, attitude is why I won't return.

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                      turleyandolly Dec 3, 2007 08:55 AM

                      try terroni at beverly blvd and curson

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                      1. re: turleyandolly
                        wutzizname Dec 3, 2007 09:36 AM

                        I'm a fan of Terroni, but be warned, while the staff has no attitude, the house policies include: No reservations, No substitutions, No modifications. And they won't cut your pizza for you. So, depending on you definition of "least attitude" this may or may not work. Also, the place is mobbed at dinner time so factor that in as well.

                      2. Ciao Bob Dec 3, 2007 09:39 AM

                        Amarone is great.

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                          sherpa50 Dec 3, 2007 12:03 PM

                          Da Pasquale.

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