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Oct 20, 2005 03:06 PM

Best Italian in Brentwood?

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Hi. I know that the Brentwood area is becoming it's own Little Italy, but which Italian restaurants do you prefer? Assuming price is no problem.

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  1. I hear good things about Vincente, and on Wednesdays they have no corkage if you buy the bottle from Moe's Fine Wines, a cool little shop on San Vicente.

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    1. re: McQuaid

      Vincente is the best Italian west of Angelini Osteria which makes sense since Gino Angelini opened Vicente. Divino is also good but not it the same class. Peppone is a JOKE. Don't waste you time and/or $$$.

      1. re: PaliBruin

        friendly staff. They always give you a yummy little freebie starter, too.

    2. I like Peppone (the Lobster fra Diavolo is expensive but amazing and the soup is always great)

      Il Grano is superb and since the remodel, a very nice room as well.

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      1. re: applebob

        Peppone is the biggest fraud of an Italian restaurant I know of with ridiculous prices for 60's-70's Italian food. Yuck!

        1. re: applebob

          PaliBuin notwithstanding, the Fra Diavolo is excellent. Yes, expensive and you can get equally good Diavolo elsewhere. However...Il Grano is my choice. If you want a heavy red Italian sauce, go to Peppone; at Grano you'll get a mystical fresh red sauce made to your order from scratch.

        2. I like Divino, up at Barrington & Sunset.

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          1. re: WestsideLisa

            I'll second Lisa's rec for Divino,
            However, you will generally do well with any of them, but Pizzicotto for pizza and pasta is another good recommendation.

          2. two greast italian restaurants are:
            Pizzicotta and Osterio Latini

            1. I like Pizzicotto specifically for their Mushroom Tortellini.