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Sep 22, 2008 06:43 PM

Spaghetti and Meatballs?

I'd like to take my date out to celebrate his birthday and his favorite Italian dish is spaghetti and meatballs. Any place around Fairfax and Pico that you would recommend?

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  1. A bit further, but I think it's special...

    Ristorante Peppone in Brentwood (near the corner of Barrington & Sunset) offers outrageously good filet mignon meatballs and sauce. Personally, I like mine with cappellini (Angel hair), but hey, they'll cook with any pasta you like!

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    1. re: J.L.

      $20-30 for pasta dishes and the name of the place is not Valentino? That better be some special meat balls. Would you recommend it over the, apparently, more moderately priced Vincenti a mile down the road?

      1. re: karamazov

        Worth every dime. Peppone is my favorite "red sauce Italian" joint in L.A. While Vicenti aims for truly continental Italian tastes, Peppone has no such pretentions; it knows it's Italian-American and revels in it.

        1. re: J.L.

          Best veal chop I've ever had was at Peppone's.

      2. re: J.L.

        possibly the most expensive version of this dish in town.
        there must be other, more reasonably priced good ones. . . .

        1. re: J.L.

          what a waste of filet mignon to make meatballs from it!

          1. re: janetms383

            Don't knock it till you've tried it...

        2. Al Gelato on Robertson south of Olympic. Good S&M and cheese bread/toast!

          Al Gelato Continental Desserts
          806 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            I LOVE Al Gelatos version... but their sauce is very sweet (Which I think is a great compliment to the meatballs) but not everyone agrees...


            1. re: Dommy

              I agree! I wonder if they use sugar or if it is that one type of canned tomatoes, it is similar to San Marzano but a little sweeter.

            2. re: Burger Boy

              My choice too (though I usually get the gnocchi with a side of meatballs). I love the sweet tomato and basil sauce. The meatballs at Al Gelato are amazing.

            3. Or, as my grandfather would have said, "spaghetti meatBALL." I've loved family-made meatballs my entire life (with pasta, in sandwiches, or just fished from the cold sauce at three in the morning) but have never -- never? maybe once, I can't remember -- had a decent meatball in a restaurant, east, north, west, or south. But, OK, again, I'll try the ones touted here, hoping they're constructed from a proper mixture of fatty beef, pork, and veal and have spent their captivity on the slowest back-burner in a delicious and delicate tomato sauce, cooking to a tender-bitey texture. I'm also really optimistic about the numbers I have in the lottery this week!

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              1. re: sbritchky

                Tyler Florence made them this moprning on the Food network. With all the "right" ingrediants. They are so simple to make, why not surprise him with a homemade dinner of his favorite S & M.

                1. re: JEN10

                  Or a home made dinner AND his favorite S&M. Takes on a whole new meaning...

                  Scarily enough, I have a thing for the mega meatballs and gloppy sauce at Bucca Di Beppo. God, save me for my naughty cravings.

                  On Robertson, you can find spaghetti and meatballs at Cafe Bella Roma SPQR, which earned good Chowhound reviews.

                    1. re: budlit

                      I know, I know, but sometimes, I just want a big mega meatball with americanized italian red sauce on a whompin plate of spaghetti and cheap garlicy bready stuff. Or two. In a place with pictures of odd things and statue and stuff bolted to the walls. Where the waiters have a forced humor. Extra points if you're part of a large party at the "pope table" in Encino.

                      So low brow, such really gloppy food, but sometimes I gotta have it.

                      1. re: Diana

                        The pope table in Encino was the site of my first BdB experience, and I loved it. Food wasn't bad either - the chicken cacciatore on garlic mashed red potatoes was good enough to stuff in your pants. I would definitely trust these guys for spaghetti and meatballs.

              2. I just met a lady at a party and her family owns a place in Paramount called Corleone's. She said it is all family and very good, said it is the only place she will eat Italian. So take it for what it is worth, I plan to go in the near future.

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                1. re: Burger Boy

                  a little hole in the wall place. i think its called Andres. its inside the strip mall next to kmart on 3rd and fairfax. its not a fancy place but the food is decent for the price. i always get the spaghetti with half chicken on top. yum!

                2. It's a little further away, but maybe my favorite spaghetti and meatballs-- the kind that make me feel like a happy kid again, yet appeal to my adult tastes as well-- are at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills. They are really, really good.