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Rosiepigs Oct 21, 2011 12:01 AM

Hi all--

The girlfriend's favorite food is Italian, and I'd like to take her out for finishing another round of grad school finals. She lives near downtown, so I was hoping for something in that area. However:

1. We are both poor, so alas, no Drago Centro. (Ideally I'd take her to Mozza every night. I have dreams of the whole hog dinner!)
2. I grew up in New England, so I'm haunted by memories of mediocre Red Sauce Italian. I feel like in the Tri-State area of 10-30 years ago, the only dining-out options people knew of were Chinese food (yep, I've seen the discussions on here about the search for East Coast Egg Rolls) or a never-ending choice of uninteresting spaghetti and meatball dinners. As a result, I'd love to find somewhere with more variety, or at least more authenticity; i.e., a bolognese sauce with ground beef, pork, veal, carrots, wine, cream, etc. as opposed to a restaurant version of spaghetti and meat sauce from the cafeteria at school growing up.

Once again, I am much obliged!

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Drago Centro
525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

  1. J.L. Oct 21, 2011 02:35 PM

    Colori Kitchen wins this one in a landslide, with Drago Centro coming in second.

    Bottega Louie doesn't even come close.

    Colori is a great hole-in-the-wall, authentic, and very affordable. Get the tagliatelle alla bolognese and the ricotta cheesecake.

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    Colori Kitchen
    429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

    Drago Centro
    525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Bottega Louie
    700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

    1. perk Oct 21, 2011 11:45 AM

      I think pley has a great idea....happy hour at Drago Centro. Then you could go somewhere for a gelato afterwards!

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      Drago Centro
      525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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      1. re: perk
        johnnyshungry Oct 21, 2011 02:10 PM

        this was my first thought Drago HH.
        Not downtown but Poss. Little Doms in Los Feliz

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

        Drago Restaurant
        2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

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        mc michael Oct 21, 2011 09:04 AM

        For a value Italian, i think you want Angeli Caffe. It's not DT, but it's good.

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        Angeli Caffe
        7274 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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          pley Oct 21, 2011 12:56 AM

          There is Colori Kitchen. I haven't been back in awhile, but I really liked the pasta dishes. The rest looked boring, and the great looking cioppino turned out to be kind of sad-- cheap tilapia, cheap overcooked shrimp and calamari, so so tomato broth.

          Bottega Louie. Extremely loud in there, tho.
          Not much good italian to choose from in dt.

          Oh heck, there's always the all-the-time happy hour at Drago Centro, the best value hh for food quality in dt. The portions are pretty substantial, esp for the price. And both indoors and outdoors are classy spaces.

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          Colori Kitchen
          429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

          Drago Centro
          525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          Bottega Louie
          700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

          4 Replies
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            samtron608 Oct 21, 2011 11:25 AM

            is bottega Louie okay for a 15 month old toddler? looking for a casual spot to eat this sat..

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              mc michael Oct 21, 2011 11:38 AM

              you won't have to worry about the child crying in that place. it's noisy.

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                pley Oct 21, 2011 03:31 PM

                Yes, it's a question of whether it might be too loud for the little one.

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                linus Oct 21, 2011 03:44 PM

                bottega louie is not o.k. for anyone.

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