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Need Westside suggestions for bday dinner with baby--Italian Preferred

Snoopy Jun 12, 2009 10:44 AM

It's my Dad's 65th birthday on Monday and we were planning to go to Brunello's, but they are closed. I am looking for something that is reasonably nice, but okay with a 15 month old who needs a high chair and will be eating finger foods. Italian preferred, as it's my Dad's favorite, though Houston's crossed my mind (though a little concerned about what the wait would be like on a Monday around 6:30). We are on the Westside.


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    stevedi RE: Snoopy Jun 12, 2009 01:52 PM

    A really authentic Italian place is Locanda Portifino on Montana in SM. Less ambiance but more space (for the little one) is Sor Tino in Brentwood. Both excellent.

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      Snoopy RE: stevedi Jun 12, 2009 04:20 PM

      Thanks. I'm also considering Vito on Ocean Park. They said they have high chairs.

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        gore_mutt RE: Snoopy Jun 13, 2009 12:15 PM

        imho vitos is very over priced and i would think not very kid friendly- dark, woody, velvet. bring a flashlight to read the menu and i believe there is some sort of "club card" discount for an immediate 30% off which still will make it more expensive than:

        il fornaio, up the street which is kid friendly WAY better than fritto misto (but not as good as vitos)

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          Servorg RE: gore_mutt Jun 13, 2009 02:13 PM

          Did you mean il Forno on Ocean Park in the mini mall with The Counter & The Novel Cafe or the il Fornaio on Ocean across the street from Palisades Park?

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        maudies5 RE: stevedi Jun 13, 2009 02:17 PM

        I do not recommend Sor Tino. The food is dreadful and the patio is filled with smokers. Unfortunately, one has to go through the patio to enter the restaurant. I have suggested Toscana, but another recommendation in the area is Amici Brentwood. Both are kid-friendly; have high chairs and have good food.

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        Redvixen RE: Snoopy Jun 12, 2009 04:46 PM

        what about guido's in west l.a. and il forno a bit south of that...?

        1. Emme RE: Snoopy Jun 12, 2009 05:53 PM

          Is Fritto Misto not nice enough? It's really good with the kids and babies.

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            maudies5 RE: Emme Jun 12, 2009 08:08 PM

            On a Monday night, you may want to consider Toscana . In the early evening it is a very baby-friendly place. I have a 1 year old grandson. There is a high chair. The waiter will be happy to bring little nibbles for the baby; e.g. slices of avocado, cheese, etc. Best of all, Antonio, the Maitre'd works on Mondays. He has 2 toddlers and one on the way. Thus, he is very welcoming to families with young children. There is a "family table" at Toscana. Call and ask for this. The food is quite nice, the prices a bit high, yet, you and your family will feel most welcome (particularly, early on a Monday night).

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              Phurstluv RE: maudies5 Jun 13, 2009 04:19 PM

              Good rec, maudies5, I would second Toscana.

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                maudies5 RE: Phurstluv Jun 13, 2009 08:28 PM

                Thanks. I have always found Toscana extremely family-friendly. Early Monday evening will not be a problem. My favorite family-time at Toscana is on Saturday afternoon. Antonio works the door and the room. The room is filled with regulars who make it a point to meet at Toscana on Saturday at lunchtime. The room is not crowded; thus, not noisy. It's a great place to spend a lazy afternoon. Kids are definitely welcome.

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            ultraviolet RE: Snoopy Jun 12, 2009 09:40 PM

            I second Fritto Misto. It is yummy! Especially the "jumbo ravioli"

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              travelingmansoul RE: Snoopy Jun 13, 2009 08:40 PM

              Il Moro is decent. Decent selection but they've reduced the number of items on menu. Great drink list with both cocktails and wine.

              Il Grano is incredible but pricey.

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                StarGazr1116 RE: Snoopy Jun 14, 2009 02:40 PM

                C&O Trattoria (the one right at the end of Washington, not C&O Cucina further north) is pretty good. Might be a little more on the casual side, however. Definitely reasonably priced.

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                  caldad02 RE: Snoopy Jun 14, 2009 03:14 PM

                  Campagnola on Westwood Blvd., south of Wilshire is the B-E-S-T.

                  Carlo the owner will tke great care of you and your party.

                  They make the best Lasagna in West LA.

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                    Snoopy RE: Snoopy Jun 16, 2009 12:39 PM

                    Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I'm printing this out and keeping them for future reference. My husband reminded me of Vito on Ocean Park (and our discount card), so we ended up there. We had a table tucked in a corner and it was perfect for the baby. Everyone seemed to enjoy their dinner. Now I want to try Toscana! Thanks again.

                    1. wilafur RE: Snoopy Jun 16, 2009 12:47 PM

                      vincenti in brentwood. monday is their pizza night as well.

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