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Romantic Westside Italian?

Looking for Westside, Romantic restaurant to celebrate anniversary... Love Italian food; but open to others... not too expensive...

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  1. "not too expensive" is pretty vague. perhaps if you provided an idea of the maximum you'd like to spend, including both food & wine...?

    1. for Italian, you may want to try Il Moro on Olympic, they have a nice patio dining area and the food is quite nice. While not what I would consider romantic another good Italian option is Pizzicotto in Brentwood. Food is a bit more rustic than Il Moro but good as well.

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      1. re: anothernotch

        What about Tanino Restaurant in Westwood Village? Italian, very good food, pretty environment with attentive waiters.

        1. re: handlertaper

          Unless things have changed *again*, I'd skip Tanino. I used to adore this place but it went on a severe downward slide years ago when Tanino stopped working the kitchen as often as he should.

      2. Vbar at Valentino. Much more affordable menu than the restaurant.
        Via Veneto
        Il Forno on Ocean Park. Ask to sit on the left side(as you walk in) of the place.

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        1. re: citizenx

          i love Via Veneto, but it's certainly not "not too expensive."

          i'd say check out the menus and prices for pecorino and palmeri, both on san vicente. vincenti is nice as well, but i think probably not what you have in mind for price.

          there's also amici at san vicente and 26th - i like the feel of the exposed brick in the room.

          not westside, but you might also consider angeli caffe...

        2. Sprazzo on Westwood Blvd. is a charming and romantic little Italian restaurant with good food, inexpensive prices and you can request one of the big booths along the north wall (they actually honor this request even if they don't know you as a regular). Just south of Wilshire Blvd. across from the Borders Books (kind of at the south end of the Borders block where restaurant Soleil is).


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          1. re: Servorg

            I second Sprazzo. It has a really nice ambience and the food is and "not too expensive."

          2. How about the Little Door? It's a pretty romantic space....

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              1. re: Adsvino

                OP did say they were open on the type of cuisine.

            1. I think Vitos is something that you might consider. old school room and waiters tabelside service on some menu items and not that expensive. ask for the frequent diners card 30 % off..

              Vitos Italian Restaurant
              2807 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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              1. re: Foodandwine

                I second the Vito's recommendation. Very old school, not trendy and not noisy.

                1. re: rnp0123

                  I like Caffe Delfini down on Chanel Road, it has candles, small tables but maybe a little noisy (maybe less noisy since they opened the small second room), but I love their pastas, buratta appetizer, bacci ball dessert...

                  Guido's is old school with booths, sounds like Vito's (I've never been to Vito's) maybe someone has been to both. I like the antipasto plate as a started at Guido's and the cannelloni.

                  Cafe Delfini
                  145 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

                  Guido's Restaurant
                  11980 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025

                  1. re: noshie

                    My most romantic choices would be Il Moro - always wonderfully reliable and the gorgeous Il Cielo on Burton Way near Doheny in Beverly Hills.

              2. Il Cilelo has a wonderful atmosphere and I remember enjoying the food very much (but can't recall details).

                Drago has wonderful pasta but I only go when they have their wild game menu. WOW!

                La Botte is quite wonderful.

                Amici is nice. Upscale neighborhoodie feel.

                Il Moro is excellent but I still could not shake the feeling I was behind an office building.

                However, my favorite Westside Italian restaurant right now is . . . Il Grano. If you like fish then this is your choice.

                I've totally ignored your price specifications since they are way too vague. Give a hard dollar amount and we can be more helpful.