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Tre Venezie -- worth it?

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PC90026 Mar 27, 2009 02:29 PM

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. a213b RE: PC90026 Mar 27, 2009 11:05 PM

    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. ipsedixit RE: PC90026 Mar 27, 2009 11:50 PM

      Not worth it.

      Try Bashan, Palate or even the new Reservoir.

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        burumun RE: ipsedixit Mar 28, 2009 12:33 AM

        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

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          narciso RE: burumun Mar 28, 2009 11:25 AM

          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.

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            ipsedixit RE: burumun Mar 28, 2009 02:48 PM

            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.

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          jeffrey RE: PC90026 Mar 28, 2009 12:37 PM

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

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            lebdog RE: PC90026 Mar 28, 2009 04:23 PM

            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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              ipsedixit RE: lebdog Mar 29, 2009 12:01 AM

              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.

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                lambrusche RE: ipsedixit Apr 23, 2009 07:16 PM

                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.

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                  ipsedixit RE: lambrusche Apr 23, 2009 10:53 PM

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

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              Dutchvanobvious RE: PC90026 Apr 2, 2009 07:44 PM

              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

              1. Phurstluv RE: PC90026 Apr 2, 2009 07:53 PM

                We haven't been since we moved to the westside, but I've got to say, food was okay, nothing extraordinary, but we probably would've went back except for the rude service during our coffee service. It was incredible that they dared to charge us for a double espresso and it was barely a single demi-tasse .

                When we questioned it, it was like questioning the holy grail! My husband was outraged, considering their prices, and whatever happened to the customer is always right? We are reasonable people, but felt their haughty attitude was unreasonable, and that's all it takes to deter diners like us from ever coming back!

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                  happycat RE: PC90026 Apr 2, 2009 08:19 PM

                  It's been a year since I was there--used to really like it in spite of the poor price-to-portion ratio, as I thought the chef was very gifted. But we recently heard that the place had gotten a new floor manager who was so objectionable that some staff left. My husband has eaten there more recently and said the food was good but the FM was a jerk with an attitude problem.

                  I agree with Dutchvanobvious. If you want a Michelin-starred experience that's worth it, go to the Dining Room at the Langham. We celebrated Valentine's Day a couple of days early to beat the crowd, and had the Chef's Choice "blind" tasting menu. Chef Strong came out and questioned us about preferences, allergies, etc. then made us a superb 9-course tasting menu (BTW, he's super-nice and down-to-earth...not to mention very good-looking!). Now, most of our dishes came off the regular menus, so it wasn't totally customized...but there wasn't one dish that wasn't wonderful. The sommelier paired my dishes primarily with great wines, but threw in a couple of oddballs because my husband isn't a wine drinker--there was also a Belgian ale and a sparkling sake. And a couple of specialty cocktails for my husband. Service was friendly but knowledgeable and professional. Unlike many degustations, this was a lot of FUN and 3 hours just flew by.

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                    PC90026 RE: happycat Apr 3, 2009 03:06 PM

                    Thanks, all, for the feedback. I think we're going to try Bashan's, which is less than a mile from our house and seems to get pretty good reception from Chowhounds generally. We'll save the Langham for next year's anniversary.

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                      condiment RE: PC90026 Apr 24, 2009 03:03 AM

                      It's too bad you let the haterade put you off what is an extraordinary restaurant. Bashan is okay for a neighborhood place, but the idiosyncratic cooking at Tre Venezie is very close to what you'd get at a decent trattoria in Udine. It's expensive for a trattoria, but the naysayers apparently have no idea of what Friulian cooking is supposed to taste like.

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