Dinner at 5 on a Sunday
For good Italian, you might want to try Far Niente in Glendale - one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the L.A. area. This is a nice white tablecloth restaurant with a pleasant ambience, good service, and really good food. They have great complementary bread, but make sure you ask for an order or two of their fantastic flat crispy pizza bread and their complementary cheese. All I can say is - WOW!! And you have yet to spend a dime. Just don't fill up. Also, I know this isn't soup weather, but their Minstrone is the best I've had anywhere. It's a must try. You also can't go wrong ordering the fried calamari. For entres, I'm always impressed with the number of specials they have. They also serve good pasta dishes and pizzas. Nice wine list also.
204 North Brand Blvd. (actually 204 and a half North Brand Blvd.)