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WHAT IS THE BEST SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS IN TOWN?

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So I know it may not be high-end and all, but I am craving good old Spaghetti and Meatballs. Have yet to find something that is reminiscent of the places in Little Italy in NYC. Already tried the place on Robertson (Gelato Place) and was highly disappointed. Could go and get some for dinner tonight if you can recommend a good spot. I live near the Beverly Center so nothing too far away. Thanks in advance guys!

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Little Italy
627 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92583

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  1. Pastina in Westwood
    Peppone in Brentwood
    La Buca
    La Vecchia in Santa Monica
    Antica Pizzeria
    Angeli Caffe

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    La Buca
    5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    Peppone Restaurant
    11628 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    1. Buy the meatballs with sauce (warm at the front) at Bay Cities, the homemade fresh pasta in the refrig in the back, and the fresh bread, which you will slather with a garlic butter then bake. Nothing better...at any restaurant!

      1. Second Peppone. They have filet mignon meatballs! I like them with their house marinara and angel hair - Great dish.

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        Peppone Restaurant
        11628 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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        1. re: J.L.

          Have to disagree with the Peppone's meatballs. First, it just seems silly to make meatballs out of filet mignon.Second, angel hair is too delicate for those big meatballs. I am no fan of The Brentwood, but have to say their spaghetti and meatballs are great. I noticed that the OP lives near Beverly Center. Perhaps those spaghetti and meatballs are available at House (same ownership as Brentwood) on Beverly Blvd.. Former Pastis location.

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          Peppone Restaurant
          11628 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049

          1. re: maudies5

            You definitely reserve the right to disagree, but...

            While it may seems silly to some, you didn't mention if you've actually tried the filet mignon meatballs yourself. Their filet mignon meatballs are NOT big at all, and at Peppone, you have your choice of any pasta and any sauce to go with that (linguine, vermicelli, spaghetti, manicotti, etc.) - I just happen to like the combination of angel hair (cappellini) and marinara sauce a lot.

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            Peppone Restaurant
            11628 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049

            1. re: J.L.

              I have eaten at Peppone's for so long that I remember when he and Piero Selvaggio were partners. (before Piero opened Valentino).
              Be that as it may. iMHO those filet mignon meatballs at Peppone are just a silly use of expensive meat in a cheap dish. I'm sure that Nancy Silverton uses a variety of cuts of ground meat in her divine meatballs at Mozza. J.L. If you like the angel-marinara/meatball combo than great. What ever makes you happy.

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              Peppone Restaurant
              11628 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049

        2. Little Dom's
          http://www.littledoms.com/index.php

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          Little Dom's
          2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          1. I love Dominick's. It's on Beverly Blvd and San Vicente. The rice balls and artichokes are also amazing.

            1. I love the meatballs at Pizzeria Mozza.

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              Pizzeria Mozza
              641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              1. www.mozza2go.com can do it for you and you can slip it into your own casserole dish and wow your unsuspecting in-laws (if necessary). Just check with them in advance to make sure they are offering it on their menu. Sometimes yes. Sometimes no.

                ADD: Sorry to hear you didn't like Al Gelato's meatballs. I know some don't like their sauce because of its sweetness level (but then again I don't like my tomato / spaghetti sauce to be too sour, which is a problem at a lot of places).

                1. Well for me it's Portofino in La Habra

                  http://portofinos.net/index.php

                  In fact this disscussion is making me crave them.

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                  1. re: SeaCook

                    I think I will have to try little Dom's since I am heading out there to meet some friends this week. Forgot about Bay Cities Deli. Love their sandwiches. La Habra is a bit far. May also have to go back to Mozza. Don't remember the meatballs. But went there so long ago that I focused on the pizza and butterscotch pudding. Good excuse for me to return! Thanks again!

                  2. As someone mentioned, Mozza's are to die for.

                    But for a plate of meatballs, red sauce and spaghetti, I like Vivoli Cafe, across from Laugh Factory on Sunset.

                    1. Pomodoro Trattoria in Westwood, yummy yummy yummy I got meatball in my tummy

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                      Pomodoro Trattoria
                      1393 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024