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eyelean Dec 27, 2009 12:07 PM

Would appreciate suggestions for Italian or fresh fish - not seafood - in Santa monica. Meeting friends so would like it on the quieter side to allow conversation and catching up! Thanks in advance for any suggestions. One thought I had was Il Forno. Any comments?

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    yogachik Dec 27, 2009 02:08 PM

    Your choices are practically endless. Drago, Toscana, Pizzicoto, Sortino, Osteria Latini, Wilshire, Fraiche, Fig, Catch, Shutters, Via Portofino, Giorgios, La Botte, Vincenti...

    On and on I could go, frankly. Some of those are in Brentwood, some in Santa Monica, all very good Italian or fresh fish (or both).

    Catch is about to close for renovations for a few weeks, but if you want fresh fish, that's the place to go. I think they close mid-January. And it has a great view of the coast, with the quietest room or the list.

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      rocktheglobe Dec 28, 2009 09:57 AM

      I second Osteria Latini. I love that place... great food, reasonable prices and the service is really good too. I'd recommend making reservations though.

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        westsidegal Dec 30, 2009 09:22 AM

        i love all of your suggestions yogachik.

      2. Emme Dec 27, 2009 02:44 PM

        How about JiRaffe in Santa Monica for fish.

        For old school Italian, with a dimly lit, quiet ambience... Dante's on Wilshire.

        In Brentwood, for Italian, I'm a fan of Pecorino and Palmeri.

        if you were willing to go down to the Marina, I think Cafe del Rey would fit the bill perfectly!

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          Bria Silbert Dec 28, 2009 02:04 AM

          Dante's is closed; it's now a sushi restaurant.

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            Emme Dec 28, 2009 07:13 PM

            oh crap. sunday brain fart. my apologies.

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          eyelean Dec 29, 2009 07:10 AM

          Took Emme's suggestion and went to Pecorino in Brentwood. The food was terrific especially the baked sole and the service was most gracious and prompt. Restaurant was lively but conversation was possible!

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            Emme Dec 29, 2009 08:38 PM

            so glad you enjoyed. i find it to be an underrated spot!

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