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Ombra? New in Studio City

archer Jun 29, 2011 11:15 AM

Has anyone checked out Ombra, the new Italian in Studio City? (It's on Cahuenga near Lankershim)? It looks interesting; would love to hear some reports!

Also, relatively new in the Valley (further west in Studio City) is Charlie's Pantry, which I believe is primarily a cafe and take-out market. Again, anyone have more info on it?


  1. Steve2 in LA Jun 29, 2011 02:07 PM

    From what I hear, Ombra is the new Italian place and Charlie's Pantry is primarily a cafe and take-out market. Hope this helps. (And so begin my efforts to be run off the planet.)

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    1. re: Steve2 in LA
      Servorg Jun 29, 2011 02:10 PM

      Is this one of those "tautology" posts where I say all black cats are black and you agree with me in an ever so slight paraphrase? ;-D>

      1. re: Servorg
        Steve2 in LA Jun 30, 2011 12:32 AM

        Yes, because I'm a complete and utter moron these days. Sorry.

      2. re: Steve2 in LA
        archer Jun 29, 2011 03:28 PM

        I probably should have entitled my post simply "New in Studio City." I'm not confused about the two; I asked about both because they are both new to the area. I'd like to know if anyone has tried the food at either and has any feedback.

        1. re: archer
          mangia Jun 29, 2011 05:26 PM

          Ombra--lovely decor, chef used to be at Domenica's in Silver Lake.
          Opening night was a little chaotic and uneven. My husband's risotto was excellent but my pasta with sausage was cold and gluey.

          I would still give it another shot. Nice feeling to the place and an interesting menu

          1. re: mangia
            Servorg Jun 29, 2011 05:30 PM

            Did they remove the "cold and gluey" from the bill? Did you talk to the manager (or did the waiter even notice that you didn't consume your meal)?

      3. g
        GlenBlank Jun 30, 2011 09:21 AM

        I just noticed Charlie's Pantry the other day, and stopped in for a late lunch. Had a Croque Sophia, which features fig jam, prosciutto and gorgonzola au gratin, which was lovely; and a warm, fragrant garlic-and-olive oil potato salad with peeled-and-split fingerling potatoes. Plus a very decent iced coffee.

        Good food; attentive, friendly service; pleasant indoor space and outdoor patio tables; and lots of intriguing menu choices. A rather nice addition to lunch on the Boulevard, IMO.

        1. m
          mangia Jun 30, 2011 02:51 PM

          Re: Ombra My sister and B-in L went last night for dinner and had a terrific meal and an all around lovely time.
          She started with the grilled baby octopus salad and had the pasta with Dungeness Crab. My brother in law had the beet salad and the pasta Genovese. BOth dinners were first rate.
          The chef came out to talk to the diners, which is always a nice touch. He plans to change the menu every few weeks and wants to be nothing more than a good neighborhood place. If their dinner is indicative, he has succeeded.

          Oh, Steve2, it was far too hectic at the opening to return anything . I just chalked it up to opening night difficulties. We did get a bottle of wine on the house, though. Nice...

          1. j
            jpb Nov 1, 2011 12:16 AM

            Terribly impressed. We had a wonderful dinner there a couple of weeks ago. We had the shrimp appetizer and the octopus salad - both delicious and generously portioned. I had the pasta special with a bolognese type sauce. The sauce was great, but it was the noodles that were sublime. Wait staff was terrific, even accomodating to special requests due to allergies. Only complaint was that it got a bit loud towards the end of our meal as the restaurant became more crowded. Understandable that people want to come . . . . really great food.

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            1. re: jpb
              archer Nov 1, 2011 11:00 AM

              Agreed. I should have followed up after eating there. Went about a month or so ago & loved everything we had. A much needed and appreciated addition to Valley dining! Pasta was excellent (had the cavatelli w/ dungeness crab). We also thoroughly enjoyed the octopus salad. Highly recommended! Added plus is low corkage ($8, I think) which helps keep the price down. Looking forward to returning (and maybe trying the pasta tasting)!

              1. re: archer
                Servorg Nov 1, 2011 11:10 AM

                Added a place link for Ombra to the CH database

                Ombra Ristorante
                3737 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90068

            2. f
              Francesca Nov 1, 2011 05:23 PM

              Nice place, but very noisy, difficult to talk. Baby octopus salad was nice, the ravioli tasteless, but the red sauce was delicious. My partner's breaded chicken was dry, dry, dry, no sauce to be found, breading heavy and fell off. The bread (in bread basket) was stale. The waitress brought and started pouring another bottle of wine without asking us.

              Again, we really wanted to like it, we wish the owner(s) well, but they don't need our business.

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              1. re: Francesca
                Steve2 in LA Nov 4, 2011 12:52 PM

                They may not "need your business" today but in a few months, when the novelty is gone, they'll be checking receipts to contact "all" their "loyal customers" regarding their all-new Two-For-One-All-You-Can-Eat-Please-Keep-Us-In-Business-Kids-Eat-Free menu. You see it all the time.

                1. re: Steve2 in LA
                  carter Nov 4, 2011 01:16 PM

                  Yes, and especially in locations as tough to get into and out of as Ombra.
                  Traffic really flies by in this area.
                  Drove by it twice when looking for it.

                  Ombra Ristorante
                  3737 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90068

                  1. re: Steve2 in LA
                    Francesca Nov 5, 2011 12:49 AM

                    I like your sense of humor, Steve2! I hope things improve @ Ombra, but, too many other restaurants to try. Next!

                    Ombra Ristorante
                    3737 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90068

                2. perk Mar 28, 2012 09:21 AM

                  Finally got there last night and was very impressed. Started with the calamari which was very nice. Good crust....fresh fish.....nice sauce. We split a farro salad and the pasta with crab. I thought the tomato in the pasta overwhelmed the crab, but the flavors were very nice. The pasta was perfect. I would go back just for the salad, it was light with a lovely lemon viniagrette. The food really did remind me of trips to Italy. Service was excellent. They were not crowded on a Tuesday night. Maybe just four tables of people. I did think the wine list could have used more Italian choices, but didn't look at the entire list. Just the options by the glass/carafe. I'll definitely go back.

                  1. c
                    cdub Apr 28, 2012 04:15 PM

                    Had dinner there last night and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Thought the cacio e pepe was great. Really generous portions. I'll be back.

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