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Italian Restaurants in Century City Vicinity

curiousgeo Feb 24, 2012 12:56 PM

Staying in Century City and I'm looking for a nice Italian restaurant for my family. We are willing to drive a bit if necessary. I'm considering Il Pastaio and Angelini Osteria in Beverly Hills or Toscana in Brentwood. We've never tried these restaurants before, so I'm wondering what CH'rs think of them and if there are any favorite dishes served. Thanks for your help and I'd welcome any other suggestions as well.

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    New Trial Feb 25, 2012 01:44 AM

    Other great choices in the area would be Culina (modern Italian), Enoteca Drago (which I like better than its neighbor, Il Pastaio), Il Fico (wonderful pasta and pizza), Scarpetta (pricey branch of NY restaurant), and Valentino (fantastic wine list).

    Valentino (Santa Monica)
    3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    Il Pastaio Restaurant
    400 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    Enoteca Drago
    410 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    Pizzeria il Fico
    310 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    1. re: New Trial
      wienermobile Feb 25, 2012 10:48 AM

      Scarpetta has one of the best Sunday Brunch's in Los Angeles, On the expensive side with homemade pastas, their 100 layer lasagna & cheeses from the Beverly Hills Cheese Store. And It will definitly cure your shellfish cravings with all the great crab legs, stone crabs and oysters you'd like to indulge in.

      225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      curiousgeo Feb 24, 2012 03:35 PM

      Thank you for your replies. I was leaning towards Il Pastaio and Toscana, so I'm glad they are well thought of here. I wasn't aware that Il Pastaio doesn't take reservations after 6:30 pm, so that is good to know and keep in mind as we make our dinner plans. Appreciate all your help.

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      1. re: curiousgeo
        maudies5 Feb 24, 2012 04:28 PM

        I love the service at Toscana. The servers and the Maitre'd's are all very warm and gracious. Also, they will pretty much modify any dish the way you like. The food is consistently good. It is not the most exciting menu, but each dish is well-executed and the ingredients are all very fresh. I know you will leave feeling very satisfied. If you have time, be sure to stop in to Bar Toscana, just across the entryway for either a before dinner cocktail or after dinner drink. Lovely ambiance.
        You might also want to consider Valentino. It is a really easy ride from Century City and the food is consistently great. Service is also outstanding.

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        yogachik Feb 24, 2012 02:33 PM

        Toscana is great, I think it's the best of your list. But drive a little further and consider Villetta.

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          BSW6490 Feb 24, 2012 02:10 PM

          Il Pastaio is a great choice. Be aware that they dont take reservations after 6:30 and do get pretty crowded. Toscana is also a good choice. For a bit more quaint choice, Il Forna Caldo in Beverly Hills is also very good.

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            maudies5 Feb 24, 2012 01:32 PM

            Il Pastaio is a great choice and closer to Century City than your other selections. Angelini Osteria is well east of Beverly Hills so not convenient.. Toscana is always reliable. I would definitely go with Il Pastaio. Wonderful homemade pasta, friendly service, full bar.

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            1. re: maudies5
              Servorg Feb 24, 2012 02:21 PM

              "Angelini Osteria is well east of Beverly Hills so not convenient.. Toscana is always reliable."

              You're only talking about another miles difference between the two, one west of CC about 4 miles and the other east of CC about 5 miles.

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