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May 29, 2011 08:10 AM

Veggie-Friendly in NoHo, Toluca Lake area?

Hi Valley Hounds!
Looking for recs to send a couple of 40-something friends who're getting together this Friday evening. They'd like a relatively inexpensive place midway between Burbank and Van Nuys for wine and dinner with a vegetarian option... No "sceney" stuff. My mind's a blank. Any suggestions?

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  1. Caioti Pizza Cafe in Tujunga Village has pizza (of course) but also entrees, salads and sandwiches. FWIW my favorite pizza in L.A., and plenty of vegetarian options.

    Caioti Pizza Cafe
    4346 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

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    1. re: maxzook

      Thanks Max! But to the best of my recollection, there's no alcohol at Caioti (it's been a few years). Does anyone know if they have a BYOB policy? These two would probably like to have a glass of wine - or 2 - with dinner...

      1. re: FranklinJefferson

        I'm not certain what exactly constitutes "sceney stuff" but D'Cache could work (they have enough vegetarian options certainly)...

        10717 Riversde Drive, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

        1. re: FranklinJefferson

          Come to think of it you may be right, but I'm pretty certain they allow BYOB -- in any event, Village Gourmet, which has what looks like an excellent wine collection, is exactly across the street.

          Call Caioti to confirm their policy, and also make sure Village Gourmet will be open.

          Village Gourmet
          4357 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA

      2. You could try Madeleine Bistro if the non-veggie people are willing to eat vegetarian food also, but don't know if this qualifies as "relatively inexpensive".

        Had pizza from Pitfire Pizza randomly (North Hollywood area), and it was surprisingly decent for a generic chain-y kind of place, and they do have wine (nothing amazing, but they've got it) and beer.

        Madeleine Bistro
        18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

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        1. re: will47

          Believe Madeleine Bistro has closed.
          Stanleys in sherman oaks has plenty of veggie options, full liquor, etc.
          And the byo charge is very modest.

          1. re: carter

            Hm they had been open recently. Does look like they've since closed, though they will be open this weekend:

          2. re: will47

            Thanks for the Pitfire rec! Sorry to hear about Madeline Bistro's closure, but that would have been well out of the NoHo/Toluca Lake requirement anyhow...
            Any other suggestions, anyone?

            1. re: FranklinJefferson

              How about Ca Del Sol? They could get a couple of pasta dinners without breaking the bank.

              Ca Del Sole
              4100 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602