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Can someone tell me about Miceli's? Does the fact that the waiters/wiatresses sing add anything to the atmosphere. Which Miceli's is better to go to?

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  1. For what it is, old school Italian-American, we think Micelis is pretty decent. I enjoy their spaghetti and meatballs. The piano player is fun and some of the wait staff can really sing. The place has great atmosphere too.

    I didn't know there was more than one - we only go to the Hollywood location - usually before a movie at the Arclight.

    1. Personally, I don't like Miceli's. Food and ambiance were both what I'd deem frightening. I didn't like the singing but it's possible I'm a grouch. I can't stand the performers in some of Thai Town's popular places either.

      That said, it's kind of an LA institution and I feel a strong pull to explore any part of the city's history. Sometimes they are good. Often times they are overrated, even when they are good. Sometimes they are awful, but they are usually worth exploring at some time if you live here long enough.

      1. the food is generic but if you have kids or a larger party who just want to have some laughs over a meal rather than really induldge in a meal then it's great. i'd suggest the hollywood location.

        1. I also agree and think MIceli's is all about atmosphere. Its great coz its old and kitschy. I used to love and have drinks there with friends. But don't go because you want to be blown away by the food...

          1. I've only been to the Valley location, but many times over the years. I've tried a number of different things on the menu, and always been disappointed. It's old school italian as previously mentioned -- but not really is a good way (in my opinion of course). The pizza is the way to go, I think it's very decent. Obviously I don't go for the food -- however, the place is really fun and charming. They always have some really great singers in the waitstaff, they're very accommodating and friendly, and it's always fun and a bonus, when someone gets proposed to in the "balcony" tables.

            Enjoy!

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            1. re: debra

              I agree. When we go, it is usually when we have company from somewhere and go to the Universal City location. Food is okay, do not think that you will be blown away. Last time I was there, in 2004, I ordered the Veal Scaloppini Francaise (had them add capers) and it was pretty good - different, but good. Veal was a little overcooked, but good. I also like their antipasto salad. I don't think I have ever had their pizza. I love the singing - makes the place. I say, go once.
              http://www.micelisrestaurant.com/inde...

            2. I slightly prefer the food at the Hollywood location over Universal City. I don't go out of my way to go there, but I'm partial to a few items such as the pesto, or anything that doesn't involve the red sauce that inevitably gives me heartburn.

              But I won't take a table if they're singing.

              1. Bad red sauce italian, bad service, bad singing.

                1. I've only been to the Hollywood location for lunch, and there was no singing.

                  The sauce seemed okay, but the pasta was watery. So the water diluted the sauce. It wasn't great.

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                  1. re: lil mikey

                    You have a point there, I don't think they sing in Hollywood (at Miceli's, I mean).

                    1. re: maxzook

                      No, they DO sing at the Hollywood location.

                      1. re: Kevitivity

                        They do both the food and the singing in Hollywood. Not very well for either. But the atmosphere is good for out of town visitors.

                  2. I like the atmosphere at the Hollywood one better. Stick to spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parm or pizza, have a few drinks and enjoy the music.

                    1. I went to the Hollywood Miceli's about 4 years ago, and it was the WORST Italian food I'd ever had in my life. I strongly advise you to spend your money elsewhere.