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Really good Italian in the Valley?

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BigBrother May 18, 2011 06:12 PM

Hey all, have a family dinner coming up and want something good, preferably between Sherman Oaks and Encino on Ventura. Something setting-wise along the lines of Marmalade Cafe, La Frite, etc. (convivial, fun, social!) If that can be found with great food, we'd have our match.

Anyone have tips?

Thanks!

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La Frite
15013 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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    Jack Flash RE: BigBrother May 18, 2011 07:24 PM

    Slightly east of Sherman Oaks, Mezzomondo Trattoria has been our favorite Valley Italian for many years.

    http://www.mezzomondotrattoria.com/

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      chuck RE: BigBrother May 18, 2011 08:45 PM

      Not quite like Marmalade Cafe but for good Italian food I like Gio Cucina on Ventura Blvd a little west of the 405. Its a small place upstairs in a mini mall next to the Land Rover dealer.
      www.giocucinanapoletana.com

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        mucho gordo RE: chuck May 19, 2011 10:31 AM

        You won't go wrong at Gio Cucina. When I went, my favorite dish, Shrimp Fra Diavolo, wasn't on the menu but they were able to make a superb one for me.

      2. Kitchen Queen RE: BigBrother May 18, 2011 10:13 PM

        Spumoni Sherman Oaks on the Blvd. Intimate, friendly and used to have great food. Haven't been in awhile tho. Great house wine too.

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        Spumoni Restaurant
        14533 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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          cdub RE: BigBrother May 18, 2011 10:28 PM

          i typically have a good time at oliva. they have pretty decent lobster specials.

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            paprkutr RE: cdub May 18, 2011 11:28 PM

            I like Oliva too, but it can be a little loud. If you go, try sitting in the first room.

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            Famous Blue Raincoat RE: BigBrother May 19, 2011 11:31 AM

            It's no Osteria Mozza, Il Grano or Valentino, but Il Tiramisu in Sherman Oaks is nice, friendly and reasonably priced. They will work with you if you want to do a prix-fixe menu for a larger group btw.

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            Il Grano Restaurant
            11359 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            Osteria Mozza
            6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            1. Servorg RE: BigBrother May 19, 2011 12:51 PM

              You should give Emilio's Presto Trattoria a try and see what you think.

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              Emilio's Presto Trattoria
              16234 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

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                archer RE: BigBrother May 19, 2011 01:26 PM

                I really like La Cava, a relatively new Italian on Ventura, about a block east of Woodman. Delicious homemade pasta, fairly creative cooking and very warm, friendly ambiance.

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                  bigredd RE: BigBrother May 19, 2011 02:00 PM

                  Panzanella. Large menu, comfortable and reasonably good service.

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                    omakase RE: bigredd May 20, 2011 12:07 AM

                    Another vote for Panzanella - 14928 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks.

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                    vinosnob RE: BigBrother May 20, 2011 09:20 AM

                    Ca' del Sole has been consistently good for me (mostly for work-related dinners).

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                      archer RE: vinosnob May 20, 2011 12:12 PM

                      Agree w/ Ca' Del Sol as well (altho it's in North Hollywood, a little east of OP's request for Sherman Oaks). If the weather's good, highly recommend their patio.

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                      BSW6490 RE: BigBrother May 20, 2011 02:42 PM

                      Il Teramisu on Ventura at Woodman is very good. Has a full bar. Much better food than Marmalade or La Frite.

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                      La Frite
                      15013 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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                        carter RE: BigBrother May 20, 2011 05:00 PM

                        Of all the recs received so far, only Panzanella and Ca del Sole.
                        Last meals at tiredmisu, oliva both missed the mark in a big way.
                        La Cava - ok,
                        Spumoni - ok
                        Mezzomondo - better than ok.
                        None of them are particularly fun, however.
                        Of course it your idea of fun is Marmalade, well you might like some of them.

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