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Dec 1, 2007 11:31 AM

Westside Italian

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.

        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.