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  • Bnice Dec 1, 2007 11:31 AM
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Any good suggestions for an Italian dinner on the Westside? Something casual, trying to avoid any kind of chain restaurants or Anna's House of Pasta.

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  1. How about C&O Trattoria in Marina Del Rey? That's casual. For something less casual I would try Madeo's (weho) or La Dolce Vita (bh).

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    1. re: lemonbalm

      I second C&O.

      Also, Pomodoro on Westwood Blvd. (no relation to the chain) is quite good.

    2. I'm a fan of both Il Forno, on Ocean Park Blvd and 30th Street, and La Vecchia, which is on Main Street in Santa Monica. I think the places may be owned/operated by the same people. Both are casual, upscale-ish eateries with good menu selection, full bars, good service.

      1. Try Fritto Misto. Very good food, casual atmosphere. You can search the board for others' comments on it.

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        Fritto Misto
        601 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        1. Via Veneto on Main
          Il Carpaccio in the Palisades
          Cafe Delfini on West Channel

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          1. re: whatsfordinner

            i LOVE via veneto, but i wouldn't say it was casual.

            i second the other recs for fritto misto and la vecchia cucina.

            on san vicente, pizzicotto is casual... i also like palmeri and pecorino, though those two are not as casual.

            if drago is on the table, then i'll also throw in a bev hills nod for il pastaio on canon.

          2. I recently dined at Tanino in Westwood. Thought the food was terrific.

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            1. re: maudies5

              i agree, tanino is solid - also sor tino in brentwood, very good and casual - enzo and angela at wilshire/barrington - further east il gelato on robertson is VERY casual but unique and interesting - drago on wilshire is not exactly casual per se but it's not formal either, and the food's good

              1. re: paulfromla

                i disagree: i tried about 25 dishes at tanino and i wish i'd stayed home with
                a baguette-- typical restaurant fare.