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70th b-day on Thursday...Please help!

It's my Dad's 70th on Thursday. I need some recs. on somewhere to make reservations.
My Dad doesn't want a big deal but my brother and I insisted on taking him somewhere nice. Here is the criteria...Delicous food. Classy place that is low key, quiet and comfortable. A spelcial place that my parents can sit back, relax, and have a memorable evening with their two sons. Price really isn't an issue, but it doesn't have to be Urusawa! Location can be...SFV, eastside/ hollywood, beverly hills. Italian is his favorite but he likes everything so if you can help me out, I'd appreciate it a lot. Thanks in advance...

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  1. Seems like a terrific occasion for Spago in Beverly Hills.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Agree with Spago -- give him something to talk about that his friends will recognize and admire, especially if you see a star. For Italian -- If he knows and appreciates wine, Valentino. If he wants authentic pasta and other dishes, Angelini Osteria. If the key criteria are quiet, pampering, conversation, and fine food, you might want to choose La Cachette (where you still probably can get a good reservation). For a memorable occasion, has he ever been to the Getty? Is he mobile? Isn't the Restaurant at the Getty open on Thurs nights? Tram, walk, museum, restaurant with good food and an amazing view -- perhaps not foodie nirvana, but could be truly memorable.

    2. Il Tiramisu fits the bill in all respects the SFV (I reccomend it a lot www.il-tiramisu.com) As does Gio. Both are Italian

      Ca Del Sole is nice. My Mother likes Marmalade.

      IN Hollywood, I like Angeli Caffe for Itlaian. Great food, welcoming atmosphere, good prices. www.angelicaffe.com

      1. For Italian: All"Angelo on Melrose near La Brea or La Terza on 3rd & Orlando would be my recommendations for East of Beverly Hills. If you were willing to go farther West, I would add Valentino on Pico just a bit West of Centinela and Vincenti on San Vicente East of Bundy. For non-Italian, Grace on Beverly East of Fairfax, Ortolan on 3rd near Sweetzer or Providence on Melrose near Wilcox would be excellent choices.

        1. Agree that Grace fits the bill, if you decide not to go Italian.

          1. If you're willing to go to Santa Monica: Josie (American with French and farmer's market influences) and Melisse (French). Both meet your request for quiet, special, classy and delicious food.