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Domenico Silverlake, we have Italian (short)

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cls Jun 4, 2009 07:39 AM

I am a great fan of Italian food and it pains me to see the sorry state of Italian in Los Angeles. There are a select few restaurants that understand the importance of ingredients, the simple way of cooking and presenting, and the creative combinations that make Italian food so good. But now, I can add Domenico to that short list.
The room is small, on the verge of too small but livable, the outdoor seating is a roomier but it's right on Silverlake Blvd. which can be busy. The service is pretty good but there's no mistaking it for fine dining. There are some occasional long waits but everyone is pleasant.
No wine list yet, and there is no corkage, so as far as I am concerned that's a good thing with Silverlake wine not far away.
The food, is spot on. On our two visits, I have tried the pasta with sausage asparagus and black truffles (al dente and flavorful,) the salumi antipasto served with an excellent aged parmesian, a whitefish served with potatoes and sauteed spinach (presented whole then deboned and drizzled with olive oil,) an angellotti made with fresh pasta, and on the last visit the steak with a red wine reduction, and finally, imported Italian gellato misti and a torta nonna (both excellent)

It's great to finally have a good option in Silverlake, however, the restaurant might be priced a bit high for the neighborhood. The room is nice enough to support a bit of dressing up, so with the recent LA Mill and 'upscaler' Reservoir it should be able to justify the prices.

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    mangia Jun 4, 2009 08:29 AM

    had an excellent lunch there.Plan to return for dinner. Liked it a great deal, especially the salumi antipasto

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      noahbites Jun 4, 2009 09:46 AM

      I really enjoyed my meal there, too. The scallops with escarole and parmesan sauce are nice, the calamari, fried, served with fried lemon slices and romesco sauce is a nice take, the boar/porcini ragu is excellent and they make some really satisfying desserts. The lemon sorbet drowned in prosecco and the torta della nona are perfect, light desserts to finish off a meal of Italian food.

      (For more photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30314002... )

       
       
       
       
      1. rednyellow Jun 4, 2009 04:19 PM

        Thanks for the heads up, I'll have to try it. Have you tried Aroma on Sunset at Silverlake? I really like it. I think the chef/owner used to work at Valentino.

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          cls Jun 5, 2009 08:58 PM

          I haven't been, although I have heard good things about Aroma. It doesn't look promising to me though.

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            rednyellow Jun 6, 2009 10:09 AM

            From the outside, Aroma does not look promising at all. Inside, it is not fancy, but it is nice inside. The host and staff are wonderful. The menu does not really look that inspiring either. I always order from the nightly specials, which are many and wonderful.

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              cinzia Jun 8, 2009 01:31 PM

              went to Aroma a year or so ago on someone's rec and almost walked out thinking we were in the wrong place. unfortunately, it didn't get that much better I'm sorry to say.

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              Bic Jun 22, 2009 06:59 PM

              Aroma is not that great. Too much sauce, salt, gloppy toppings. For my money, the most authentic trattoria food is Farfalla on Hillhurst. I even brought some visitors from Italy there and they thought it was pretty authentic (unlike the ones you see in the Olive Garden ads!!)

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                rednyellow Jun 22, 2009 09:21 PM

                I like Farfalla, very good food and service.

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              exilekiss Jun 5, 2009 06:56 AM

              Hi cls,

              Thanks for the great report! :) I'll have to try this place out soon.

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                cinzia Jun 5, 2009 11:39 AM

                I think I was at Reservoir while you were at Domenico! Need to find your Reservoir review.

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                  cls Jun 5, 2009 08:57 PM

                  Please go,
                  Someone should be more verbose. I look forward to your review as always.

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                  dangerjeff Jun 13, 2009 05:28 PM

                  my family and i enjoyed our meal at domenico. we loved michaelangelo when it was in that space - not that the food was great, but there was a good amount of stuff on the menu for kids.

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                    foodloversanonymous Jul 9, 2009 11:12 PM

                    My friends and I ate there the other night, and thought it was ok. A bit overpriced for the quality of the food, and not really Italian food, more like fusion! Wish we got more for our money.
                    The chef was a little pretentious, walking around the restaurant when he should have been in the kitchen checking the food! It's not that good that he should be parading around the dining room...the food needs some serious work, and so does the staff!

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