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Nov 29, 2007 08:14 PM

best italian with least attitude

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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  1. 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

      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. 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. re: Emme

          Il Pastaio and Angelini Osteria on Beverly

        2. 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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          1. re: Diana

            Il Carpaccio in Pacific Palisades

            1. re: Francesca

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

            2. re: Diana

              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.

            3. 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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              1. re: jessicak

                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.

                1. re: Jeryy

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

                2. re: jessicak

                  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...