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Aug 3, 2008 01:35 PM

Great Italian, Intimate Ambience, Seniors, San Fernando Vally

I'm not kidding. I'm closer to 83 than to 82, and she is closing in on 70. We both live in Valley Village. Would deeply appreciate any suggestions as to where we can enjoy wonderful Italian food, charming ambience, good service, and a price that doesn't ravage my social security check. Chicken and pasta dishes a particular favorite. Thank you.

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  1. Spazio for the ambience...they consider themselves Cal-Mediterranean rather than Italian...they're very nice when splitting careful where you sit because of the daily live jazz...sneaking out on the patio on a warm night is nice...the baked beet salad with goat cheese is a nice treat...the chicken mushroom crepe is tasty and reasonable...and the lobster papparadelle can be shared by two, but ask them to lighten up on the salt...their soup of the evening can be a nice surprise

    Spumoni is usually more a miss than a hit...their Spaghettini Portofino is edible...their Linguine al Pesto is dunked in mediocre careful of the salad croutons, mine were rock hard and trying to stick a fork in them bounced them off the plate - too hard to eat once in the mouth...sorry, no ambience but affordable

    here's a different direction for reasonably priced pasta...but it's a euro/asian fusion with a sweet's called the OutTake Bistro in Studio City...nice pasta dishes and about splitting dishes... here's a LA Times Review of it:

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    1. re: Orissa

      Thank you. I appreciate the input. If you were going to decide betweem Ca de' Sol and Prosecco's, in Studio City, which would you choose, and why?

      1. re: jwrites4u

        I did not care for Ca del Sol, but unfortunately I can't recall why...need to revisit it...hope you review it if you go

        have not been to Prosecco...hope it's turns out nice for you if you choose it

        I agree with Vitello's below for traditional Italian...the place is sometimes too dark or stuffy for me though

        1. re: jwrites4u

          I've never been to Ca de' Sol, but Prosecco is one of my neighborhood favorites, especially their Tiger Shrimp app, Capellini Checca and Eggplant Prosecco dishes. Quiet atmosphere, too. The floor plan is deep, but not wide, and rather dimly lit which seems to facilitate a quieter setting. Have always had attentive service. Just all around good experiences there.

          1. re: Betcom

            Thank you, Betcom. You are describing what I like to see and feel when I walk into a restaurant. Becuase you and the other Chowhounds who have taken the time to respond to my original question, I have been able to narrow my focus from the entire Valley to two restaurants: Prosecco's and Oliva's on Van Nuys Boulevard. Sincere thanks to all of you.


      2. Vitello's on Tujunga is still old line, Tiramisu on Ventura at Woodman is good (a bit pricey) and Oliva on Van Nuys and Moorpark is excellent and a good value.

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        1. re: Hughlipton

          Vitello's and Tiramisu......They both bring back memories from a lifetime ago. Some things never change. Oliva's I'm not familiar with. Which do you prefer between Ca del' Sol and Prosecco's....and why? Many thanks.

          1. re: jwrites4u

            I like both. During this timeof year CDS has a lovely patio and very good food. By the way, I'm 65 just a little South of you so I also look for the same qualities in food and ambience that you most likely are looking for. I will say that when my cousin came from Chicago she thought the food was incredibly good at Oliva's and what she liked best was we had a window seat and didn't get shot at.

            1. re: Hughlipton

              A full dinner and no bullet????? What did you do that was wrong? Seriously, from the few responses I have received it's beginning to appear as if both Prosecco's and Oliva's have the home-spun intimacy and family feel that I'm looking for....and both with excellent food. If you agree, which would you go to....and why? I do rememebr Ca del's Sol as my wife and I ate their many times, many years ago. As I recall it was somewhat large and open.