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Angelini Osteria rocks!

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josephnl May 18, 2009 02:41 PM

We have recently become very enamored of Angelini Osteria on Beverly Blvd. It is absolutely the perfect neighborhood casual restaurant, and is so reminiscent of the osterias we have visited in Italy. The service is very warm, friendly and competent, the food is simple but excellent, and the prices quite reasonable considering the quality of everything served. We love this place!

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    toonoble RE: josephnl May 18, 2009 05:14 PM

    What dishes do you recommend?

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      Maxmillion RE: toonoble May 18, 2009 06:05 PM

      I adore their Lasagne Verdi. They also do a fantastic salad with fresh burrata.

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        josephnl RE: toonoble May 18, 2009 07:53 PM

        I don't think you can go wrong with anything. It's simple well-prepared traditional Italian food. Ask Gino the maitre d' or our favorite waiter Marcello, and take their recommendations. But, their salads...starters are all great, their pastas are home-made and delicious, their thin crust pizzas are good, and just about everything else is great. The food is not over-the=top remarkably "gourmet", but when you put everything together, the ambiance, the service, the good food, it's hard to imagine not having a nice dinner. Angelini is not Valentino, but it doesn't claim to be. It's just a very good, unpretentious, comfortable, local restaurant....exactly what an osteria should be. I'll take it any day over the overly-hyped Mozza's!!

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          brwencino RE: toonoble May 22, 2009 08:58 PM

          Their Saturday night special, the leg of pork, is one of the best meat dishes I have had anywhere!

        2. russkar RE: josephnl May 18, 2009 08:15 PM

          Concur

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            Silverlaker RE: josephnl May 19, 2009 08:00 AM

            This is one of our fav restaurants in town -- here's how my husband and I order. We approach the menu like it's tapas. We get 2 apps, each get a verde lasagna (wh is on the small side) and then split an entree. And yes, we're very stuffed! The bill has never gone over $120. I have yet to try mozza b/c... well, why? When we ave Angelini.

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              blackbookali RE: Silverlaker May 19, 2009 12:05 PM

              Mozza is a different level than Angelini.

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                josephnl RE: blackbookali May 19, 2009 12:23 PM

                I couldn't agree with you more. Angelini is several notches above Mozza(s) in ambiance, service and hospitality, and most importantly, quality and tastiness of food.

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                  blackbookali RE: josephnl May 21, 2009 10:54 PM

                  I meant the opposite. I have never been blown away by Angelini. Not bad, but not memorable. Service was decent but the food is a letdown. Mozza's menu shows how far Gino could go if he tried. My last plate of pasta at Angelini tasted like leftovers nuked in a microwave. And his veal dishes are so boring.

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                    josephnl RE: blackbookali May 22, 2009 04:56 PM

                    Totally disagree. Ate at Angelini as recently as a few days ago. Everything was perfect as always. The food is, in my opinion, excellent albeit simple Italian cuisine. I have never understood the hype about the Mozza's...but this is clearly a difference in what appeals to different people.

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                      blackbookali RE: josephnl May 22, 2009 06:01 PM

                      I would like to try the lasagna . . . .

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                        Maxmillion RE: blackbookali Jun 29, 2009 06:59 PM

                        I don't know which lasagne you are referring to but the Pizzeria Mozza lasagne is the only item on their menu that has disappointed me.

                        Than again, I'm with josephnl -- Osteria Angelini far outperforms Mozza (both) IMHO.

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                          josephnl RE: Maxmillion Jun 29, 2009 07:33 PM

                          and I agree with you that for lasagne, Angelini's lasagne verdi is the best!

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