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ISO NY Italian recs on Westside for bday dinner

Looking for old school/NY Italian recommendations for DH's bday dinner tomorrow night. He likes lasagna, gnocchi, and pasta bolognese. Carmines and Matteo have gotten mixed reviews here, so I'm wondering if there's anything better anywhere on the Westside and as far as El Segundo. Also, will have 2 kids in tow.

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    1. Also Dan Tana. Or Matteo.

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      Dan Tana's Restaurant
      9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

      1. Give Peppone a try.

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        Peppone Restaurant
        11628 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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        1. re: Servorg

          old school makes me think Peppone too.

          another thought would be Via Veneto in Santa Monica on Main.

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          Via Veneto
          3009 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

          Peppone Restaurant
          11628 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049

          1. re: Servorg

            I like Peppone also, but this topic has also made me think about that little hole-in-the-wall in Westwood Village called Mio Babbo's. I haven't been there in years. Is it good these days?

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            Peppone Restaurant
            11628 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049

            1. re: J.L.

              I don't recall ever trying it? In fact I can't even remember walking by it. It must be a "hole in the wall" for sure...

              1. re: Servorg

                I was there about a year ago. It will definitely qualify as old school Italian - you won't be blown away by anything but I remember it was a good value for the price and everything was serviceable.

                1. re: Servorg

                  Mio Babbo's is on the east side of Gayley across from the barber shop -- it changed its name from something starting with an "S" a couple years ago.

                  1. re: nosh

                    I think it used to be called Stefano's?

            2. Vito's on Ocean Park. Old School and tasty:)

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              1. re: ElissaInPlaya

                I was thinking that as well. We went there about a year ago with a 1 year old and it was fine. One caveat--my brother had the fish and pasta and while he really liked the pasta, he didn't think the fish (I believe it was sole) was that great. For whatever that's worth.