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DIVINO BRENTWOOD - SUPERB

Often forget just how good this place is. The service is impeccable and the owner/host, Goran Milic, pours his heart into his restaurant. They have a great private room that seats about 20 upstairs that is very nice with great acoustics and ambiance. The pastas and fish are all winners and the whole roasted chicken with herbs and balsamic sauce is off the charts. Nice wine list and (most people dont know) they have full bar service (although no bar). Far better than its neighbor Peppone (which is not bad), Divino is really one of the better Italians in LA.

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  1. Thanks for the report. If I could get my husband to eat Italian as often as I'd like to myself, we'd be there manana.

    1. Totally agree - if I am forced to eat Italian, Goran's place, even though in the 310 and I am not, is really wonderful.
      Gracious host, impeccable service and food that tastes fresh & innovative every time.
      Sure wish he would open a location in the Valley.
      Many are available, btw.

      1. I always thought it was way overrated even for the hood.

        There's actually no real great restaurants in the vicinity.

        Dan Tana's will do it for me for now.

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        1. re: kevin

          I would give it another shot. Also, if you like fried chicken, The Brentwood is very good.

          1. re: Thor123

            Ok, maybe I will.

            i still may have to hit up valentino first though.

            1. re: kevin

              Way different vibe, style and price points.

              1. re: kevin

                Old world, old people, old money, and plenty of all are requirements to dine here.
                Good wine selection, though tres expensive!

                1. re: carter

                  I'm none of those i guess.

                  So maybe Valentino just isn't in the cards for me ????

                  1. re: kevin

                    Try Bar Toscana. Same neighborhood. Better food and great vibe. My guess is that you will love it.

                    1. re: maudies5

                      Ditto on Bar Toscana. Very good food and lotsa fun. Great bartenders, even if my lady friend drools over them (esp. the young Italian one).

                      1. re: maudies5

                        Thanks Maude.

                        By the way, I forget. But what other Italiano joints do you like ?

                        You are probably correct that I would like Bar Toscana. Now I just have to find if they have a menu online. And I'm presuming here, but it's cheek-to-jowl with Toscana, is that correct ? :)

                        I think you are the expert on all things Brentwood.

                          1. re: Thor123

                            Which place has a full bar ?

                            Thor, I take it you are a fan of the mixed drinks/coctails/hard liquor rather than beer/wine ?

                            thanks.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Bar Toscana has a full bar. Toscana, which is just across from it has beer and wine. You can order from the Toscana menu in the Bar which also has its own menu. Just can't bring hard alcohol into Toscana. There are some draconian liquor laws in place.

                              1. re: maudies5

                                Yeah, the variety of different licensing measures the ABC puts out is quite dizzying.

                                Some places even require one to order food before they can have the permission to order beer or wine.

                                Thanks. Anyhow, I will give it a try.

                                Bar Toscana sounds like the best of both worlds: Bar Toscana's food, Toscana's food, and a full bar all rolled neatly into one joint.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  FYI, Bar Toscana takes reservations. I don't know if that works if you sit at the bar, but my husband and I like a table by the window and Roberto, the maitre'd always accommodates our request. www.bartoscana.com

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    <<rolled neatly into one joint>>
                                    I must know if that is an intended pun, Kevin?? Great. Or, accidentally, brilliant.

                                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                                      accidentally.

                                      i believe since i ain't that smart to come up with that pun (and by pun, you mean rolling a marijuana joint, right ?)

                                  2. re: maudies5

                                    They basically transferred the Toscana liquor license to the bar since it was going to be extremely hard to get a full liquor license for the area. Just and FYI.

                                    And I think the food at Toscana is far superior to that of Divino. I was left rather unsatisfied on my last trip there. Not heading back there anytime soon.

                                    1. re: gordo26

                                      Agree that Toscana is far superior to Divino. I never feel any reason to go there. All things being equal, I prefer The Brentwood. They serve some damn good pasta dishes, salads, killer fried chicken and a great martini. I see no reason to go to Divino, particularly when you can go across the street Brentwood or walk or drive down Barrington and make a couple of turns and dine at Toscana

                                      1. re: maudies5

                                        The difference is that Brentwood is not Italian so while the sub might work at times, not always.
                                        Toscana is good, but it is a lot less relaxing and more hullaballoo than Divino. There are times when Toscana has too much buzz, and I could see preferring the time at Divino. Though, everytime I go in Divino I miss Spangles. For most meals, I'd prefer Vincenti to both Divino and Toscana, but it does cost a little more. I think Divino is pretty darned good and IMO Toscana is barely superior for food.
                                        I will say that after 15 years on Barrington, I moved and have not been to Divino in 3-4 years.

                2. Hmmm- very close to my new digs. Will try. Thanks.

                  1. Thanks for the recommendation Thor. I must give this restaurant a visit. Especially after my disappointing experience at Scarpetta last night. Just didn't live up to the hype in my opinion. Divino's menu looks very inviting and your recommendation is good enough for me. Thanks.

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                    1. re: Baron

                      I hope you enjoy it! Please let us know.