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Good italian in Los Feliz?

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  1. Does it have to be Los Feliz? The options in the area aren't the most ideal. Little Dom's is probably the best out of the bunch but it isn't authentic Italian, more like some mix of new-american/creole-inspired cuisine with an Italian backbone. If you don't mind travelling a little farther, we've had some decent bites at Osteria Mamma. And if you're willing to West Hollywood, you can always do Osteria Mozza, Angelini Osteria amongst others.

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    Angelini Osteria
    7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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

    Osteria Mozza
    6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Osteria Mamma
    5730 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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    1. re: troublemaker

      A little pricey, and hard to get a rez. Maybe another cuisine in Los Feliz? We're attending at book reading at 5:00 and want to go to dinner after . . .

      1. re: wendycooper

        Vermont is good. As is Blair's. I guess both would be categorized as American
        cuisine. Barbrix is fun....small plates and great wine selections.
        And although I agree that Little Dom's isn't authentic, it's really quite good.
        And there's Canale in Atlwater village. Mostly American comfort food....very well done.
        Or...for something totally different...Umami Burger on Hollywood Blvd.

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

        1. re: perk

          yikes, guys, i need to bring the price down a little!

            1. re: wendycooper

              If you want a reasonably priced, old school red sauce/meatballs/checkered table cloth type of place, there's Palermo.

              1. re: Robert Thornton

                Yes, as long as you don't care about food, there's Palermo.

                1. re: cls

                  Zing! You got me. But seriously, are you simply in principle opposed to that style of food or do you just think that Palermo does it badly?

                  1. re: Robert Thornton

                    I would like to like Palermo, that type of restaurant has a certain nostalgia for me, and I'm all for sloppy cop restaurants (I used to go to Chicago Pizza Works as a kid, and I am a fan of Eastside Market, for example.)
                    Palermo is just bad.

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                    Eastside Market
                    1013 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                    1. re: cls

                      Palermo gives bad a new meaning.
                      Dreadful does come to mind, however.
                      Gives Olive Garden a good name.

                      1. re: cls

                        I would love to like Palermo "again" too, but those times are gone. I don't think it was my earlier-life tastebuds that were fooling me, but in the 80's and early 90's, it was decent, in fact good. They made ravioli in house and used quality products. A big group of us went 1 Saturday a month and had a time. Then, the late 90's brought meatballs whose smell was reminiscent of a dumpster on a hot day, Costco ravioli and the pizza "mozzarella" began to taste like a petroleum product. A chat with the owner about his recent trip to Italy revealed that "I am an American" and that he was probably not returning to Italy, indicating to me that he was selling out to mass production and reheating frozen and canned products to feed the 20-somethings cheaply, with no care to the food itself. Maybe Italy had had it with him and that's the reason he's not returning. So sad for an otherwise warm, friendly, good times place.

            2. re: wendycooper

              I like Tropicalia, but it's going to be $20 per person with a drink. For less expensive, there's Best Fish Taco in Ensenada on Hillhurst. Or Yuca's (I like the one on Hollywood and Vermont).

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              Yuca's
              2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

              Tropicalia
              1966 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA

          1. I like Little Dom's but sometimes feel old and unimportant there. Prices are about 20% more than feels right but that might just be the old talking. I have never had less than a very good meal with warm, professional service at Farfalla. If you're not locked into Italian, Marouch on Santa Monica is outstanding and very reasonable. Enjoy.

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            Marouch Restaurant
            4905 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA

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

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            1. Well, if you don't need to have alcohol with dinner, and Persian food might be an option, then try The Sidewalk Grill on Vermont, immediately north of the Bank of America and across from vermont restaurant. Big patio seating area, set up in fast food format, yet everything cooked to order, and is it good. The filet mignon or chicken skewers are realllly tasty.
              www.thesidewalkgrill.com for details. Nothing fancy, yet good, and if you spent $20 a person, you ate everything on the menu.
              But Marouch mentioned by others is very good on Santa Monica at Edgemont.

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              Marouch Restaurant
              4905 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA

              The Sidewalk Grill
              1727 N VERMONT AVE #102, Los Angeles, CA 90027

              1. i like farfalla! they also have gluten free pastas, so that's a big plus for me. but their salmon farfalle and the mushroom pasta are great.

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                1. re: Clyde

                  Farfalla is the only consistently good italian in los feliz

                  1. re: rednyellow

                    Do you like Thai? Wat Dong Moon Lek Noodle on Fountain is always good. Excellent service and you can eat for about 10.00 per person.

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                    Wat Dong Moon Lek
                    4356 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA

                  2. You might take a look at Il Capriccio on Vermont, about halfway between vermont and Palermo on the west side of Sunset. Reasonably priced pastas and Italian entrees.

                    Avoid at all costs Capriccio di Carlo on Hollywood Blvd. north of Sunset, which has gone downhill since the Il Capriccio people sold it and the new owner expanded their menu.

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                    Vermont Restaurant
                    1714 N. Vermont, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                    Palermo Italian Restaurant
                    1858 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                    Il Capriccio On Vermont
                    1757 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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                    1. re: maxzook

                      "about halfway between vermont and Palermo on the west side of Sunset"

                      I meant, of course, the west side of Vermont Ave.