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Panzanella Sherman Oaks

WestsideLisa Dec 6, 2008 11:23 AM

Going with a group of 8 for dinner tonight...have never been. Anything that's a "do not miss"...or anything to be avoided?


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    lambrusche Dec 6, 2008 03:38 PM

    I would avoid the food... Panzanella is a poor poor version of Drago. Bad food, inconsistent and bad service.

    1. Local Dec 6, 2008 04:11 PM

      ok, eaten there twice for work-related events...keep to the simple things, as they tend to get a bit carried away with too much of a good thing, e.g., pastas with overthought sauces, too much truffle oil, weird cream sauces). The spaghetti du fruitti de mare was acceptable as well as the sea bass (fish that was available as the special at that time). Friend said osso buco was okay, just not as flavorful as he'd have liked...same with the lamb chop. It isn't horrid, just that you'll know you've had better elsewhere.

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        WestsideLisa Dec 7, 2008 04:28 PM

        Okay, it was pretty bad. The service was fine, and we had a nice round table (great for a large group), but the food was yucky. I had the spaghetti du fruitti de mare, and it had a few bay shrimp, none of the advertised scallops, a couple of small calamari pieces, and a few clam and muscle shells that pretty much had nothing inside of them. I could have had a better dish down the street at Sisley or Spumoni, and it would have cost a lot less too. My husband had the osso buco, and the meat tasted okay. Sides were bad. 8 of us shared one dessert...an apple tart. We did not finish it. Even with 8 people, we did not finish it. Yuk.

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        1. re: WestsideLisa
          Local Dec 7, 2008 08:42 PM

          ouch. sounds like you got shorted on everything and that horrid may be approaching a more accurate description-sorry that it wasn't even salvageable...my fruitti at least had the requisite scallops and some "acceptable" mussels...seems your husband shared my colleagues experience with the osso b. .there's definitely much better (and maybe even mediocre better) available without paying thru the nose.

          1. re: WestsideLisa
            carter Dec 8, 2008 07:20 AM

            Lisa - and the worst part about your experience is that you overspent, yet there really is no other place that you would have done any better, other than the saving of money, which while admirable, was not your original goal.
            The Ventura Blvd. corridor of Italian restaurants varies only as to price points, but the food tastes and reads nearly the same in every place you might have selected.
            And, no, Sisley would not have been an improvement - Spumoni or Oliva around the corner on Van Nuys Bl. just north of Moorpark might have been, a bit!

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