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Jul 10, 2009 11:56 AM

Any good Italian or French Restaurants in LA area?

Hey All,
Can anyone reccomed a good, authentic Italian restaurant in the LA/Silverlake Area? Or possibly a good French Restaurant in the same area? Nothing like Il fornaio, something a little more intimate and more authentic... And any suggestions on the menu choices/fav's would be mucho appreciated??


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  1. My mother-in-law is French, and Papa adores old-style French cooking, which very much includes serving escargot in their shells no matter WHAT the Health Department says. He asked us to take them to Taix on Sunset; we did, and they were delighted by the food, though we all found the menu's efforts to translate English to French to be incredibly bad. I don't know how well the place would stand up to a deeper exploration of the menu, but everything we had was at least quite good, some excellent, and the tab was within reach of normal humans. We went on a weeknight, fairly early, and had the very '50s-looking dining room practically to ourselves, though the bar was going great guns.

      1. re: laliz

        Taix? I would say that might be near the bottom of my list. Small but reasonably priced wine list, interesting setting - good place for a large wrap party or a buy out. But the food? Unimpressive. Note that you don't hear about a lot of great chefs who got their start at Taix.

        If you want some great (not good, but great) French Bistro, I'd go straight to Church & State which is in downtow LA. Followed by Comme Ca and Anisette (not in any particular order).

        There are some great cal-French restaurants, but that's another subject.

        Grat Italiian you will find at Angelini Osteria (informal), Madeo (more formal, but lively), Vicente and Mozza Osteria. Next I'd put in La Botte and Il Piccolo. I'm sure there's others I can't think of right now.

      2. For the Italian, you will not miss with Angelini Osteria on Beverly. It would be right at home in any small village in Italy. Its charming, with great service and great food.

        For the French, although not at the same high level as Angelini, we enjoy Cafe des Artistes in Hollywood. It serves typical bistro food, has good drinks and affordable wine, good service and pleasant environment. Sure, it's not Melisse...but for what it is, we find it quite enjoyable for an occasional dinner.

        Angelini Osteria
        7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Cafe Des Artiste
        1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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        1. re: josephnl

          i second angelini osteria. very good!

        2. Well, you have not received any options that are truly French that are also neighborhood proximate. Taix may have started out French, but it is a shadow of its former self these days - good restaurant, yes, yet not terribly French.
          If Culver City can be driving-worthy, try the new Saint Amour, on Culver Blvd. across the street from the city hall. Quite quite good, definitely French, and brought to you by the former owners of the Angelique Cafe in downtown LA. Just opened about 3 weeks ago. The other one will be Bistro LQ, which is doing a soft opening this weekend in the former Mimosa space on Beverly, just east of Crescent Hts. - again, not neighborhood proximate, but it will be as good or better than any in the greater LA area.
          There are waaaaaay too many Italian options for me to want to discuss, although you have Barbrix on Hyperion at Tracy in Silver Lake as a close-by option. Also quite new.

          1. agree with taix. would also consider cafe beaujolais in eagle rock, not far from silverlake. somewhat more intimate than taix.

            Cafe Beaujolais
            1712 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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            1. re: justanotherpenguin

              The French in the family emphatically disagree. Found Taix to be perfectly French, Cafe Beaujolais not what it had been at all. The waiters are still French, but their customer skills are a few notches down from what you get at Ralphs. Unless you're female and pretty.

              The family's favorite is actually La Vie on San Gabriel, but that's well beyond the OP's requested area.

              1. re: Will Owen

                Just out of curiosity.....didn't La Vie close down?
                Could have sworn I'd driven by and looked like it was empty, then the other day I was driving down San Gabriel and looked over and saw that La Vie re-opened? Looked like a new sign and moved the location of it?

              2. re: justanotherpenguin

                IMHO, Cafe Beaujolais is one of the worst restaurants in southern CA. It is noisy, the service is worse than poor, and the food abysmal. I absolutely cannot see how this place stays in business. The only thing that attracts people is, I think, the low prices. Avoid at all cost!!!

                1. re: josephnl

                  Damn shame, too, because it used to be pretty good. Actually, the food we had last time was acceptable, but our mistake was in coming at nine o'clock when all the Smart Young Things, the ones whose parents never taught them about Indoor Voices, start showing up to crowd all the tables and scream at each other, and flirt with the hot waiters. Between the din and the waiters' willingness to be flirted with instead of waiting on elderly customers, when we finally were allowed to pay our bill we got the hell out and shook the dust of it off our shoes, permanently.

                  1. re: josephnl

                    I'm sorry to hear negative things said about Cafe Beaujolais. We live in Eagle Rock and every time we eat at Cafe Beaujolais, we wonder why we don't go more often. The food is always well executed and delicious, the servers are friendly and attentive. The only change I've noticed is that the restaurant seems to be more crowded than in the past.

                    1. re: josephnl

                      obviously, MHO doesn't agree with yours. my wife and i have only been to cb a couple of times and we generally go to dinner early - 7PM or so. we have enjoyed cafe beaujolais and taix - but they are different. from our very limited experience in france, beaujolais is much more typical french than taix.

                      all that being said, having been a native southern californian for more than a half century and having eaten out at a lot of places as varied as Providence and Tommy's: if you really think that "cafe beaujolais is one of the worse restaurants in southern CA", you need to get out more.

                      1. re: justanotherpenguin

                        We get out plenty...but when the noise level is so high that conversation is impossible, and the servers are spending all of their time chatting with the cute young gals to the exclusion of other guests, and when the food is vastly inferior to what I can prepare at home...yes, I must say, why bother!! This is indeed IMHO one of the worst restaurants in southern CA!!