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gordo26 May 2, 2011 11:46 AM

Anyone been yet? Heard the pizzas were very good and am anxious to see what a multi million dollar refurbishment gets you.

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    yogachik RE: gordo26 May 2, 2011 12:09 PM

    It's called Villetta.

    1. skinanny RE: gordo26 May 10, 2011 07:17 PM

      The pizzas are great. Great place, to sit outside and have a drink, and star watch.

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        maudies5 RE: skinanny May 10, 2011 07:53 PM

        No buzz at all about this place. The only ones I know who have been there are investors and friends of the investors.

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          Phurstluv RE: maudies5 May 10, 2011 08:12 PM

          Interesting, interesting. I'd figured you'd been there by now, maudie5. I'm just amazed that the small area of Brentwood can support soooo many Italian restaurants.

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            maudies5 RE: Phurstluv May 10, 2011 08:40 PM

            Nope. My tastes run to Trattoria Italian... I think a recent article in the NY Times said it well, well they described "Italian Food as something your grandmother would make...."
            The menu at Villetta seems very complicated and pretentious. Honestly, I have no idea how all of those Italian restaurants in Brentwood survive. Some appear to always be packed (Toscana, being the best example). Osteria Latini is busy, I have no idea how the other places survive. Toscana is busy because (IMHO) of the lack of pretension.. They will prepare anything which suits your mood (within reason), there is no "siberia." One is as likely to be seated next to an A list celebrity as a local family. That is why I love Toscana and why the regulars keep returning. t's a neighborhood place. The new kid on the block isn't generating a lot of love in the neighborhood.

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            Osteria Latini
            11712 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

            Toscana Restaurant
            11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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              yogachik RE: maudies5 May 10, 2011 10:15 PM

              I love Pizzicoto the best of all of them (besides Toscana).

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                maudies5 RE: yogachik May 10, 2011 10:20 PM

                I can't believe I forgot to mention Pizzicoto. I love that place, especially for lunch. They have a chicken panini that is to die for.

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                skinanny RE: maudies5 May 11, 2011 06:54 AM

                I think they just need to work the kinks out, and they will be fine. It has a really good vib. I do agree with "siberia", although last time I was there a really big star was sitting in "siberia" and didn't seem to mind at all.

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                  Servorg RE: skinanny May 11, 2011 09:02 AM

                  Now I have to go if only to try this dish:

                  tagliolini with santa barbara uni, parma butter and meyer lemon - $19 (that makes me think of "Summer" in the same way that Joni Mitchell's "Hissing of Summer Lawns" does...)

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                  Phurstluv RE: maudies5 May 11, 2011 08:12 AM

                  I still have yet to go there, even after my DH was working right down the street, sometimes, I feel like I live in a cave!! I knew the family who was maitre d' at Toscana, their kids went to the same preschool as mine. But I believe he went over to Villetta. Anyway, will have to get there one of these days. They are open for lunch, right?

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                  Villetta
                  246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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                    maudies5 RE: Phurstluv May 11, 2011 08:46 AM

                    Not open for lunch.

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                      Phurstluv RE: maudies5 May 11, 2011 09:00 AM

                      Bummer. That's probably why I haven't been yet. Will have to take the whole family to dinner there soon then.

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                        lizziee RE: Phurstluv May 11, 2011 01:59 PM

                        Going saturday night. What part of the restaurant is Siberia?

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                          skinanny RE: lizziee May 11, 2011 05:17 PM

                          It just depends on the weather. When you walk in, the patio is great "if" its warm outside, the heaters that they have, don't cut it when its cold. Either of the other two rooms are great. When I was last there, we sat outside, it was a warm evening, and Sophie Loren walked in and she sat in one of the other rooms, so maybe I was in Siberia! Have fun!

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