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Seeking affordable, quality Italian on the west side

1newyorkguy Dec 19, 2009 07:14 PM

I don't eat red meat or poultry.

On my radar list at the moment: Alejo and Brunello Trattoria. Am I on the right track?

  1. 1newyorkguy Dec 19, 2009 09:17 PM

    Well, I can cross of Alejo off my list after trying it tonight. Definitely not hound-worthy.

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    1. re: 1newyorkguy
      westsidegal Dec 20, 2009 01:25 PM

      we agree on that.

    2. goodhealthgourmet Dec 19, 2009 10:02 PM

      have you tried Da Pasquale in BH? i haven't been there in a long time, but i've enjoyed some solid meals there. it's pretty old school Southern Italian comfort food.

      Da Pasquale Restaurent
      9749 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      1. Servorg Dec 20, 2009 08:48 AM

        Brunello would be a good choice to try. Have you tried Sprazzo on Westwood Blvd. just south of Wilshire about 3 blocks?

        Brunello Trattoria
        6001 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

        Sprazzo Cucina Italiana
        1389 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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          schrutefarms Dec 20, 2009 09:45 AM

          What about Fritto Misto, on 4th ish and Broadway ish? Much like a cafe, pretty solid food, not very expensive, and on the westside.

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            jklivin Dec 20, 2009 10:20 AM

            Osteria Latini & Pizzicotto are my favorites. Osteria Latini, is a more refined atmosphere. Pizzicotto has a more rustic vibe. Both are dependable, moderately priced, and delicious.

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            1. re: jklivin
              maudies5 Dec 20, 2009 10:50 AM

              Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills has wonderful pasta. Love the pumpkin ravioli

            2. Emme Dec 20, 2009 12:35 PM

              i like Brunello.

              i also like Palmeri and Pizzicotto in Brentwood.

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                bulavinaka Dec 20, 2009 01:19 PM

                I'll throw a vote in for Brunello as well. If you're looking to stay somewhere closer to Alejo, Italy's Little Kitchen on Lincoln and Manchester is pretty good.

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                1. re: bulavinaka
                  westsidegal Dec 20, 2009 01:27 PM

                  respectfully disagree with your assessment of italy's little kitchen.
                  unless one likes their red sauce to taste like stewed onions, i'd advise staying away from italy's little kitchen.

                  1. re: westsidegal
                    bulavinaka Dec 20, 2009 01:33 PM

                    I'll have to take your word on the red sauce since red sauce isn't on my order list... The other items I've had there have been more than passable though.

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                  jdwdeville Dec 20, 2009 08:05 PM

                  Don't know if it's in your "affordable" range, but Divino in Brentwood on Barrington Circle is absolutely excellent, all home-made, innovative Italian.
                  Also if you extend the idea of affordable to include a restaurant's wine list, then I'd add Peppone- can't speak to the pricing or quality of the food but the wine list is amazing and has some of the lowest prices I've ever seen for well aged blue chip wineries like DRC...

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                  1. re: jdwdeville
                    maudies5 Dec 20, 2009 08:19 PM

                    Peppone does, indeed, have an excellent and reasonable wine list. We ate there recently. The food was really mediocre and I thought the prices were quite high (even more expensive than Toscana for pasta dishes). If you go to Peppone, I suggest ordering appetizers and wine. The apps are very old-school italian (e.g. Mozzarella Marinara).

                    1. re: maudies5
                      jdwdeville Dec 20, 2009 08:34 PM

                      I'm right there with ya! it's usually a last stop for me, to enjoy some wine at the bar and maybe a coffee... You absolutely cannot beat their prices for wine, though. 20+ year old Bordeaux, Burgundy, and more at prices that would shock most LA restaurant wine directors. I saw a 1974 Sterling Reserve there for $80 last year- one of Rick Forman's classic vintages- and I should've bought ten of them. My rec- go to Divino, eat, have a glass of wine, then cross the street and have a bottle at Peppone.

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