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Italian spot in Los Feliz, Glendale or Pasadena?

Need a place good for a group of 6 -- no local pizza joints - more like a restaurant restaurant

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  1. Little Dom's in Los Feliz is fun.

    If you want to go high end and fairly unique, Tre Venize in Pasadena has really good alpine inspired Italian. But it's pretty expensive.

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

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    1. re: Robert Thornton

      I like Little Dom's... they have good chicken parm and pappardelle.

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

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I went to Gale's for the first time last month and was very surprised since I had never heard of it before. I had a wonderful branzino and my friends loved their pastas.

        1. re: Jwsel

          Yup, sort of a hidden gem. Can drive right past it without ever noticing.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I actually did -- twice -- before I found it.

        2. re: ipsedixit

          Catching up on links ...

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          Gale's
          452 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

          Trattoria Tre Venezie
          119 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105

          Michelangelo Pizzeria
          2742 Rowena Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039

          Far Niente Ristorante
          204 1/2 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

          1. re: ipsedixit

            We went to Gale's in December for Mrs. O's birthday, and though the food was very good the meal was a disaster, thanks to a large gang at an adjacent table who could not talk below a bellow. I'm sure this is not a nightly occurrence, but there are no soft surfaces in either of the rooms, and if you want to converse you might want to arrange a Plan B. Pity, because the food and service are excellent and the prices are friendly.

          2. Also Michelangelo in Silverlake. Very nice people....good food. I like Little Dom's as well...but it can get crowded, depending on what night you go.
            Little Dom's is a bit more of a trendy neighborhood place. Celeb spottings. But good food and good service.
            Michelangelo is more of a neighborhood place with good food. More traditional. Run by an Italian family.

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

            1. Celestino in Pasadena is pretty good. I like the mushroom souffle and their orange ricotta cheesecake.

              I've been meaning to try the previously-1-Michelin-starred Tre Venezie too.

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              Celestino Restaurant
              141 S Lake Ave Ste 102, Pasadena, CA 91101

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              1. re: burumun

                > I''ve been meaning to try the previously-1-Michelin-starred Tre Venezie

                FWIW, even J Gold thinks it's not what it used to be:

                http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    > I would avoid Tre Venezie.

                    This is now easier to do thanks to its closing in October.

                1. re: burumun

                  If you like pasta, Celestino.

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                  Celestino Restaurant
                  141 S Lake Ave Ste 102, Pasadena, CA 91101

                  1. re: mc michael

                    I also like the pasta at Celestino. Very friendly service, good quality food.

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                    Celestino Restaurant
                    141 S Lake Ave Ste 102, Pasadena, CA 91101

                2. One of my favorite Italian restaurants is Far Niente in Glendale - 204 1/2 North Brand Blvd.