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How's the BRANZINO at Angelini Osteria?

Pot Belly Jun 3, 2006 12:47 AM

How's the branzino dish at Angelini? I always hear raves about the lasagna, but was wondering about this dish.

Someone told me not to expect anything even close to the branzino I had in northern Italy. Is this true?

Also, do they offer a house wine at all? Any good?

Thanks, Chow-sters!

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    Sue V. RE: Pot Belly Jun 3, 2006 12:53 AM

    They don't offer a house wine but they have a very good wine selection...especially by the glass.

    Most of the branzino we see in this area is farmed so it will not taste like wild branzino from the Meditterean.

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      Pot Belly RE: Sue V. Jun 3, 2006 02:27 AM

      Oh...so that's what my friend meant. Farmed branzino versus wild. Okay. Maybe I'll try it anyway since I'm not a veal fan.


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      chris RE: Pot Belly Jun 3, 2006 01:34 AM

      I have only had their Branzino served al sale, and it's not as good as the best in Italy but still worth having.

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        JasonP RE: Pot Belly Jun 3, 2006 11:29 AM

        Never had the Branzino in Northern Italy, but I loved the Branzino I had at Angelini. Simple, but perfectly done

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          mnosyne RE: Pot Belly Jun 3, 2006 11:50 AM

          I always enjoy the branzino at Angelini. It's a smaller fish than you get in Italy, but choice. There is a good red wine called 'Ruzus' available by the glass for $9.

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            mother Hubbard RE: Pot Belly Jun 3, 2006 12:35 PM

            Bronzino at Il Soleil on Sunset just east of Holloway is fabulous.

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              poetkitty RE: Pot Belly Jun 3, 2006 07:03 PM

              I LOVE me some branzino ala Angelini. True that, it's farmed, and not quite as top-knotch as the Italians would serve you, but it is outstanding. For LA, this is the yummiest branzino I've had - and I'm a fan :)


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                Pot Belly RE: Pot Belly Jun 3, 2006 09:13 PM

                Great hearing from y'all! It seems Angelini has quite a few fans on this board. Grazie!

                Will check out Il Soleil too.

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                  modernist RE: Pot Belly Jun 5, 2006 01:50 PM

                  fyi: there is also a branzino crusted with salt served at il grano.

                  i've tried the dish at angelini but am not a huge fan only because im not a fan of branzino in general.(i tend to like oilier fish).

                  at il grano, they bring the baked fish table side to show, then serve it plated and fileted. i cant say anything about the quality of the dish here but it looked pretty good...

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                    intrepid RE: modernist Jun 8, 2008 01:20 PM

                    is the bronzino still good at angelini please?

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                    Francesca RE: Pot Belly Jun 10, 2008 09:44 PM

                    Go to Il Moro for a great branzino. They only prepare wild fish.

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                      kproq323 RE: Pot Belly Jun 11, 2008 01:30 AM

                      You may also want to try Cravings on Sunset. It is owned by a Turkish family and they fly in a lot of their fish on the weekends from the Mediterranean. You can always ask the waiter what the owner flew in for the day

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                        cfylong RE: Pot Belly Jun 11, 2008 10:37 AM

                        The branzino at Pecorino in Brentwood is terrific as well, wrapped in foil and made Abruza style, after the owner/chef's home town. Don't ask him to change anything though, unless you want to see his veins pop out, as he sticks religiously to his old world recipes.

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                          Blakekitty RE: Pot Belly Jun 11, 2008 01:43 PM

                          I think they're branzino there is best in LA...only bad news is they sometimes run out of it. I also love the grilled octopus salad to start. I don't know about 'house' wines..but they have an excellent selection all from italy, and if you tell them what you're in the mood for, they'll bring you a couple of different tastes to choose from. They also have wine in carafes.

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