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Angelini Osteria

I'm thinking about taking my wife here for her birthday on Friday. I'm looking for excellent food, while my wife prefers good food, but is really into a romantic decor with a decent probability of seeing celebrities. In the past for her birthday we've gone to Il Sole and The Ivy which were both good for what she's looking for.

I may have screwed up her present, so want to get this right. Any thoughts?

PS: She doesn't like French.

THANKS!

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

Il Sole
8741 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

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  1. Angelini Osteria has wonderful food but I don't think you would fairly be able to describe the atmosphere as romantic. I also don't think of it as being a celebrity hang. Osteria Mozza might do a better job for you in this area.

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

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    1. re: Bob Brooks

      Agreed. While I love Angelini it isn't romantic (too loud and brightly lit) and I've never seen a celeb. Osteria Mozza is a better bet for excellent food plus celeb sighting. Though if your wife loves Il Sole and The Ivy, manku's suggestion is dead on....food isn't as good, but definitely meets your wife's requirements.

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      Il Sole
      8741 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

      1. re: Newkie

        First of all, all I see are celebrities and studio chefs when I go there -- but it's very inside, so you have to know what Sumner Redstone looks like or your favorite movie director. It helps if you're in the biz. This is where my husband and I go for special occasions -- not for atmosphere (it's a neighborhood tratorria) but b/c the food is amazing. So agree, go with another option if you want a romantic restaurant --

        1. re: Silverlaker

          I'm with Silverlaker - definitely celebs at Angelini.

      2. re: Bob Brooks

        Agree with everyone that Angelini has wonderful food, but it is not romantic. I am not a fan of Osteria Mozza especially because of the noise level and variable service. I can't imagine having a romantic dinner at a restaurant where it is too noisy to speak. If you are not concerned about spending somewhat more, two restaurants that come to mind immediately as being romantic would be Valentino in Santa Monica, or the garden at Michael's also in S.M.

        1. re: josephnl

          ditto and ditto -- go to Angelini Osteria for superb Italian fare -- especially Nonna's superb Lasagne Verdi.

          Avoid Ost Mozza... overpriced, underwhelming and poor service.

          Perhaps Hatfields? (I haven't gone to the new venue...)

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

      3. I ate at Angelini Osteria a few weeks ago and while it was good, I wouldn't characterize my meal as excellent, although the service was. I did have an amazing pasta (spaghetti with Santa Barbara prawns and bottarga) at Via Veneto in Santa Monica last week and saw a few celebrities. It's as small as AO, but the atmosphere is much more romantic. It seems to be lit entirely by candles. I'd recommend getting a later reservation so you're not rushed.

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

        Via Veneto
        3009 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        1. You might have a better shot at celeb spottings at Madeo or Cecconi.

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          Madeo Restaurant
          8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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          1. re: perk

            I liked the food at AO a ton. Its a bit cramped however and does not have a full bar (if that matters). Madeo is a great choice as is Ivy (although its a bit controversial on this board). If you go to the Ivy, be sure to request the patio as it is very romantic and great on a summer night. If you want to venture further west, Capo is great too.

          2. That's an easy one...Georgio Baldi in the Palisades (or is it Santa Monica?)...decent food, nice ambiance, lotsa celebrities.

            Considering your wife likes Il Sole and The Ivy, this one fits like a glove.

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            Il Sole
            8741 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

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            1. re: manku

              I'm not sure I'd call Giorgio di Baldi romantic. Cozy! Which is another words for cramped. They pack you in there.

              Chez Mimi is romantic. Cicada - which is downtown - I'd also put on that list. If you're looking for celebs I'd go to Madeos - but I don't find that particularly romantic.

              I'd second the garden at Michael's.

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              Madeo Restaurant
              8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              Chez Mimi Restaurant
              246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

            2. I love the food at Angelini. As other posters have noted, I probably wouldn't describe it as particularly romantic. But I have seen a couple of celebs there (Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer).

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              1. re: Robert Thornton

                I just have to share this: yesterday lunch, I had veal tongue with green sauce, and chestnut/mushroom ravioli in brown butter. Both were heavenly! Great food, but not romantic.

                1. re: mnosyne

                  Not romantic, but lovely trattoria with crowded tables. Very nice marrow bone dinner and trofie (small twirly pasta with shrimp, spinach tomato, could have been a bit more spice to them), wonderful mussel/claim with garlic and tomato sauce