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Best Italian in Downtown Beverly Hills - hunt & peck

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There might be more Italian restaurants in Beverly Hills than police (I say this even though I just got a ticket from said police today).

Uncle (loves a value but loves good food more) and Aunt (loves everything) from out of town are taking me out for Italian in Beverly Hills tomorrow night. Downtown Beverly Hills would be ideal because that's where I work and they are picking me up.

I've loved e. baldi, but that was when I went with a friend of the owner/chef. Who knows what it would be like if I walked in there with two out-of-towners?

What else is out there that's worth a shot?

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  1. A whopping couple yards from BH is Madeo.

    1. Don't know if it's the best but Il Pastaio on Canon Blvd at Brighton?

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      1. re: Phurstluv

        2nd and 3rd this recommendation, and diagonally across the corner from e baldi.
        Friends of mine love Cafe Carrerra at 235 S. La Cienega, a bit south of Wilshire, yet I have never eaten there.

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        Il Pastaio Restaurant
        400 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Cafe Carrera
        235 S La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

        1. re: Phurstluv

          Mediocre with lots and lots of tourists.

        2. Enoteca Drago is good--great carbonara and lots of good Italian wines by the glass.

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          Enoteca Drago
          410 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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          1. re: New Trial

            I second Enoteca Drago. Il Pastaio is excellent, but Enoteca Drago has a more interesting menu, better wine selection (not surprising) and a litlle more breathing room between tables. (Il Pastaio can be a little snug.) IMHO the Caesar salad and Carbonara at Enoteca may be the best in in the LA area.

            1. re: BHAppeal

              "ll Pastaio is excellent..."

              This is an excellent example where food/restaurants become subjective.
              I've taken several out of towners to this place because they want to see what all the 'action' is about.
              Nobody has ever considered and described it as 'excellent'.