Coming to L.A. to vist my daughter. I'm looking for mid -priced good red sauce italian food
around Studio City.
Might try Little Tony's on Lankershim in Noho, about 1-2 miles from Vitellos, better food, cheaper price, yet very different decor.
I'm not sure what you consider to be mid-priced. I just took my cousin from Chicago to Oliva's on Van Nuys Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. We split a Ceasar salad and each had an order of linquini aglio olio and I had two glasses of win and I believe w got out for $50 with tax and tip. The average pasta dish there is in the 11.95 to $13.95 price range. Step outside of ordering pasta and you could be greatly stepping up in price.
Oliva is actually quite good, yet my recommendation was in deference to Vitello - anywhere but there. And Tony's is quite close by.
Personally, if it were me, Oliva would get my vote, assuming someone wanted to drive that distance, which while not far, is also not real close either.
Agree w/ Oliva in Sherman Oaks.
Vitello's has really gone downhill, so I wouldn't recommend it personally.
The Perfect Place for you is EastSide Mario's. The prices are beyond reasonable. My husband and I go here all the time. The food there is beyond tasty, and they definitly have that good red sauce your looking for. My Husband always orders the spaggetti and meatballs or the lasagna. I Love the spinach and lobster ravioli dish. Also the salads are the best and everything comes in huge portions to have like a family style dinner.
I'm sure you and you daughter will love it there. Especailly the atmosphere it's like sitting in an Italian village although I wouldn't know what thats really like but they give you a good image .It really makes you feel at home with the clothes and bras hanging from fake windows on the walls, and clothing lines across the ceiling, Hope you enjoy it as much as I do if you go!