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Thor123 Jul 12, 2013 03:25 PM

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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    CLowe Jul 14, 2013 10:06 PM

    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.

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      carter Jul 15, 2013 09:29 AM

      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.

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        kevin Jul 24, 2013 03:30 PM

        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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          Thor123 Jul 24, 2013 03:37 PM

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

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            kevin Jul 24, 2013 03:43 PM

            Ok, maybe I will.

            i still may have to hit up valentino first though.

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              Thor123 Jul 24, 2013 03:50 PM

              Way different vibe, style and price points.

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                carter Jul 24, 2013 05:14 PM

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

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                  kevin Jul 24, 2013 05:46 PM

                  I'm none of those i guess.

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

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                    maudies5 Jul 24, 2013 10:19 PM

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

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                      Wayno Jul 25, 2013 08:52 AM

                      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).

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                        kevin Jul 25, 2013 03:50 PM

                        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.

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                          Thor123 Jul 25, 2013 04:02 PM

                          But it has a full bar!

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                            kevin Jul 25, 2013 04:18 PM

                            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.

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                              maudies5 Jul 25, 2013 04:30 PM

                              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.

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                                kevin Jul 25, 2013 04:34 PM

                                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.

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                                  maudies5 Jul 25, 2013 04:40 PM

                                  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

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                                    Ciao Bob Jul 25, 2013 07:07 PM

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

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                                      kevin Jul 25, 2013 07:15 PM

                                      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 ?)

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                                        Ciao Bob Jul 26, 2013 10:53 AM

                                        yes.

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                                    gordo26 Jul 25, 2013 08:53 PM

                                    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.

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                                      maudies5 Jul 25, 2013 08:59 PM

                                      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

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                                        john gonzales Jul 25, 2013 10:53 PM

                                        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. Ciao Bob Jul 25, 2013 09:03 AM

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

                  1. Baron Jul 25, 2013 11:41 AM

                    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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                      Thor123 Jul 25, 2013 12:50 PM

                      I hope you enjoy it! Please let us know.

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