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bostonron Jun 11, 2008 02:13 PM

Coming to L.A. to vist my daughter. I'm looking for mid -priced good red sauce italian food
around Studio City.

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  1. Servorg RE: bostonron Jun 11, 2008 02:47 PM

    Maybe http://vitellosrestaurant.com/ but if you do go here just make sure that you valet park, no matter what.

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      New Trial RE: Servorg Jun 11, 2008 04:20 PM

      And don't forget, "leave the gun, take the cannoli."

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      carter RE: bostonron Jun 11, 2008 04:27 PM

      Might try Little Tony's on Lankershim in Noho, about 1-2 miles from Vitellos, better food, cheaper price, yet very different decor.

      1. Hughlipton RE: bostonron Jun 11, 2008 05:21 PM

        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.

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          carter RE: Hughlipton Jun 12, 2008 05:41 PM

          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.

        2. Emme RE: bostonron Jun 11, 2008 10:00 PM

          Agree w/ Oliva in Sherman Oaks.

          Vitello's has really gone downhill, so I wouldn't recommend it personally.

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            Tayvia RE: bostonron Jun 11, 2008 11:14 PM

            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!

            1. paulfromla RE: bostonron Jun 11, 2008 11:18 PM

              i am a fan of the totally unpretentious giorgo's in the mini mall at laural canyon and ventura - where the dupar's is located - for dessert you have your choice of pinkberry or dupar's

              the food is red sauce italian, certainly not fancy but there is a great family feel and it is very comfortable and inexpensive

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                perk RE: paulfromla Jun 12, 2008 05:55 PM

                I didn't realize this place was still there. I used to go there often. Thanks for reminding me!

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                eder RE: bostonron Jun 11, 2008 11:50 PM

                Red sauce marinara Italian? Moderately priced? Like North End Boston? Maria's Italian Kitchen, down Ventura Blvd. a couple of miles in Sherman Oaks. Spags and balls, chicken parm, you get the picture. Not haute but sounds like what you're looking for. They have a website too.

                Oh, by the way, Lakers in six....

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                  bostonron RE: eder Jun 12, 2008 02:52 PM

                  I don,t think so.... go Celtics and..........go Red Sox.......and go Patriots

                  I'ts great to a Boston Fan....Thanks

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