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Good Italian in West Hollywood area

taxi Feb 13, 2008 03:28 PM

Hi, West Coast Chows!
I am from the east coast and heading out to CA to visit. I love Italian food. Where do you go for a good but not too expensive place for pasta?

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  1. Ciao Bob RE: taxi Feb 13, 2008 03:37 PM

    Used to be good Italian in WeHo at a good price was near impossible. Now we have 2 darn good choices:

    Angelini Osteria is a bit pricier but real good as well.
    La Buca is further East, less expensive, and also good

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      danikm RE: Ciao Bob Feb 13, 2008 05:38 PM

      I second the angelini osteria vote. Pizzas there are also delicious. Make sure to make a reservation.

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        Emme RE: Ciao Bob Feb 13, 2008 06:21 PM

        terroni is good. actually these are all good recs.

        i'll add angeli caffe, as well as all'angelo.

        in beverly hills, i like il pastaio, and it has a good wine selection.

        and just in case you head westward, in brentwood, pecorino is good, and less expensive than the also good vincenti... and in case you get all the way to santa monica, i'm a big fan of via veneto.

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          taxi RE: Emme Feb 14, 2008 09:48 AM

          thanks and it sounds like it will be angeli.

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          taxi RE: Ciao Bob Feb 14, 2008 09:47 AM

          thank you so much. sounds as though angeli is a big choice.

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          hippodeir RE: taxi Feb 13, 2008 03:47 PM

          Angelino on 3rd St. (between La Cienega & Robertson)--about $10 and $17 or so.
          I think it's a gem--excellent food, cozy, unpretentious.

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            Fresser RE: hippodeir Feb 13, 2008 06:55 PM

            Ditto on Cafe Angelino. Awesome food...like dining in Italy.

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            ExtraCheesePlease RE: taxi Feb 13, 2008 04:04 PM

            It's a little outside of West Hollywood (I think it's Beverly Hills) but I love Carrera Caffe which is on LaCienega, 1/2 blocks south of Wilshire. Great Italian food and great bread. At night, you can park for free in the lot right next to it.

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              taxi RE: ExtraCheesePlease Feb 14, 2008 09:48 AM

              Maybe for a second night there. My son will be happy with these recs.

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              jlq3d3 RE: taxi Feb 13, 2008 08:41 PM

              Angeli, as mentioned before is very good. It is just east of West Hollywood on Melrose.

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                New Trial RE: taxi Feb 13, 2008 11:21 PM

                More great choices: Enoteca Drago (on Canon in Beverly Hills) and La Terza (on 3rd and Orlando, East of La Cienega).

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                  Bonnie D RE: taxi Feb 14, 2008 10:41 AM

                  You simply must go to Vivoli Tratorria. It is by far the best. It is right on the corner of Sunset and Laurel Ave. in a teeny strip mall. The waiters kiss you on the cheek and the food is pure perfection. Be certain to get Nonna or Tartufo for dessert. It is little, but the ambience is amazing.

                  Terroni is fun, however my dish was beyond salty.

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                    Ciao Bob RE: Bonnie D Feb 14, 2008 02:46 PM

                    Ahhh, Vivoli is indeed quite good and a place I always forget to give a shout-out for.

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                      taxi RE: Bonnie D Apr 29, 2008 09:57 AM

                      Hello everyone!
                      Got back last week from LA and ate at Vivoli - was wonderful. Staff is so friendly. Even on a Tues. evening, people had to wait for a table. Thank you all for your assistance.

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