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Mar 27, 2009 02:29 PM

Tre Venezie -- worth it?

We're looking for a romantic nice dinner in the Pas-Glendale area. Tre Venezie was recommended but I've seen some pretty scathing comments about lackluster/hostile service. I'll pay the money for great food but not if the service is bad. How have people's experiences been? Thanks!

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  1. Was there last summer for my only meal, and we had outstanding service. Granted, the place was almost dead (we ate at 8 on a Tuesday night), but our server was so into the food and the wine -- he really made sure we had a great experience.

    The food was delicious, and a very nice change of pace from most of the other Italian places here in LA (Valentino, Osteria Mozza, etc etc). I would certainly go back.

    1. Not worth it.

      Try Bashan, Palate or even the new Reservoir.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        ipsedixit: why is it not worth it? The food or the bad service?
        I'm curious since this is the closest 'michelin starred' place to me and i haven't been ... wondering if I should, or why not

        1. re: burumun

          I believe it's the food. Last time I had a meal at Tre Venezie, almost everything was overly salty and mediocre. Considering you are pay for the price, it's not worthy imo.

          1. re: burumun

            The food.

            The pasta dishes came out either over-salted, or over dressed.

            Portions were minuscule to the point of making a typical appetizer look like something Cheesecake Factory would serve as an entree.

            The cheese plate was an utter joke. Would've been happier with some Cheetos and a big squeeze of Cheez-Whiz.

        2. Haven't been out there in a couple years, but last time it was excellent. Especially the house-smoked pork chop.

          1. I haven't been in a few years either but have always had good to really good food. I have a hard time believing the quality of the food has fallen as far as some of the savage posts below indicate. As for service, I've had everything from outstanding to mediocre there. I speak a bit of Italian and my best experiences there have always come when I am waited on by an Italian speaker who appreciates my efforts.

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            1. re: lebdog

              The quality of the food has not fallen off at all.

              It has never been very good to begin with ... esp. at those price points.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                You are out of line. The quality of ingredients at Tre Venezie are wonderful. One of the few local Italian restaurants that uses real Parmigiano and not Grana, Carnaroli rice and the only Italian restaurant that cooks its risotto "al momento".
                If you don't like regional Italian food, don't go to Tre Venezie, but it is the closest thing to a Michelin Star Italian Restaurant the city has. Gianfranco Minuz is the real deal, and is always in the kitchen.

                1. re: lambrusche

                  The only thing I care about from Michelin are ... tires.

            2. If a Michelin star is what draws you, I would suggest the Dining Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel. Craig Strong puts out some seriously delish food