Blow-out late lunch, Santa Monica/Venice/MDR, this Saturday
- spoonlicker Dec 6, 2012 05:47 PM
Price is not an object. Any cuisine.
Constraints: non-LOUD environment; serves food till at least 3 pm (or will let us sit and yap after we've eaten); can get a reservation (or walk in) this Saturday.
Prefer to stay away from the hideousness that is the 3rd St. Promenade and immediate environs, but will brave the area if needed to access fabulous food.
fwiw, i don't think of stella rosa as a comfortable place to sit around and yap.
1) it can be very loud (especially when a bunch of kids are racing around and around the bar area while their parents sit, talk, and pretend not to see what's going on.)
2) their chairs are very uncomfortable.
3) they won't take a reservation for a small party (don't know how many people will be in OP's party)
of the restaurants on your list, i'd say that Hosteria del Piccolo best meets all of spoonlicker's criteria.
had a lovely lunch there today.
be sure to keep feeding the parking meter.
generally speaking, i like their pastas and much more than their pizzas.
i particularly like their gnocchi.
the only dish i really DIDN'T like was:
(ANGUILLA venetian style salt water eel, marinated with sweet onions: polenta.)
stay away from this one dish.
i've LOVED practically every dessert they've served me.
for years cafe del rey was my go-to spot for everything.
i still like it for sitting around their lounge and drinking wine or cocktails.
their staff is still lovely, from the hostess to the servers to the parking attendants.
nathan is a wonderful bartender
their wine list is good both by the bottle and by the glass.
the environment is pretty.
the whole experience is very civilized.
their food quality has declined, though, so i no longer eat there.
jason was the last good chef. long gone.
carlos was the last good pastry chef. long gone