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Italian restaurant in the Hollywood/WeHo adjacent area

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  • Rheux Jan 21, 2009 01:44 PM
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I am meeting a friend for dinner tonight and we would like to have Italian.

We have been to Osteria Mozza and loved it, but would like to try out a new place.

Any recommendations would be appreciated!

Hungry and Helpless,

Rheux

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  1. Angelini Osteria is usually pretty good, and I also like Terroni. Many many people like La Buca too although I think it's pretty pedestrian. Delancey is sort of hit or miss, but if you want to travel a little further east I've only every had a good time at Little Dom's.

    1. I discovered Melograno late last year after a couple of friends of mine took me there. It's on Hollywood blvd. at little west of Wilcox. The cooking is true Italian with no pizza in sight. I love their tagliatelle with boar ragu but their raviolis are amazing too. It's very subtle cooking and the flavors are amazing. I don't know why this restaurant hasn't been talked about more but it's one of my favourites.

      http://melogranohollywood.com/

      6541 Hollywood Boulevard
      Los Angeles, CA 90028
      323-465-6650

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      1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

        Tagliatelle with boar ragu, holy crap that sounds amazing.

        1. re: laeditormatthew

          I'm hungry just thinking about it. I think I need to go back soon.

          1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

            Which?

      2. Locanda Veneta at 8638 3rd St. Very good Italian restaurant. One of my favorates.

        1. Angeli Cafe is great. It's on Melrose, around Poinsettia.

          1. Locanda Veneta 310-274-1893
            Cafe Angelino 310-246-1177
            Pizzeria Ortica 310-289-9910

            1. I enjoyed my meal at AMARONE KITCHEN on Sunset Blvd. Very small, intimate restaurant, though.

              1. Awh man i love when food is referred to as pedestrian.
                La Buca is spectacular and i would say it is your best bet.
                Angelini Osteria is good also but i would venture to say smaller and more expensive.
                Girasole on Larchmont is good but even smaller than the aforementioned places.
                Farfalla Trattoria and Il Capriccio are good but casual, also Michelangelo is a little out of the way and there has been talk it has gone to shit since the move.

                Saving the best for last i would say you HAVE to try Louise's Tratoria... just kidding, if i were a stodgy fellow i would call that pedestrian but i'm not so it's just a step above olive garden... okay maybe a big step but still.

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                1. re: laeditormatthew

                  La Buca unfortunately is a figment of its former self as it has gone downhill since it originally opened in its smallish space next door. It got too big for its britches..... I am disappointed.

                  1. re: Schweinhaxen

                    Think so? I disagree, i have been there pre-remodel, during, and many times after and always dug it. What didn't you like?

                    1. re: Schweinhaxen

                      Unfortunately its former self was not so hot. The menu is just a bad version of Il Pastaio dishes which are mediocre versions of Drago dishes.

                  2. One of the most overlooked Italian restaurants in the city is Marino on Melrose at Wilcox. The food has always been excellent when I've gone, particularly the cold antipasti and fish dishes. It's an older place, so I think it does not have the hype of the other places, but the owners will make you feel very welcome.

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                    1. re: Jwsel

                      It's been a while for me but Marino has the best stuffed veal chop since Le Dome.