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Aug 15, 2013 02:48 PM

Fave Italian / Mexican in West Hollywood area ...

My fave Mexican is the Red-O. Always go there when I'm in LA. Would like to try another upscale mexican in the area. Went to Tortilla Republic ... it was ok but wouldn't go back. Looking for an Italian place in the area.

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  1. Dan Tana's for Italian

    I have heard good things about Petty Cash for Mexican.

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    1. re: Thor123

      Does Dan Tana's serve Italian food or is it an enjoyable simulacrum of the classic, clubby east coast red sauce "Italian Steakhouse" type of joint that's very much an American invention?

      Don't get me wrong, I really like Dan Tana's but it would be impossible to find anything resembling the food they serve anywhere in Italy.

      1. re: JeMange

        You can quibble about the quality/taste/cost of their food, but I find it hard to call this list of their entrees anything other than an Italian menu http://www.dantanasrestaurant.com/ent...

        1. re: Servorg

          And I would say that is not an
          Italian menu at all, but the menu of 'the classic, clubby east coast [sic] red sauce "Italian Steakhouse" type of joint that's very much an American invention.'

          1. re: Ciao Bob

            What's with the "[sic]" appended to "east coast?" Would you prefer it in caps? :)

          2. re: Servorg

            I'd venture to guess that more than half of those menu items would mean zero to an Italian restaurateur.

            I challenge you to find a plate of spaghetti and meatballs or veal francese (they have it spelled wrong on their menu) in Italy.

            1. re: JeMange

              yes [sic] - was just having a little fun.

              1. re: JeMange

                Since we aren't in Italy...the point is moot. As far as L.A. or WeHo is concerned, it's Italian...

                1. re: Servorg

                  Given this thread's lineage, it should be "italian".

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Why "eye-talian" ?

                      Though for LA even, it still wouldn't be considered real Italian. I think East Coast Itlaian steakhouse might be proper.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        I grew up on the East Coast (happy, Ciao Bob?) in places like Dan Tana's and yes, it's more eye-talian than Italian.

                        Would it be safe to say that Dan Tana's is to Italian food what a place like El Cholo is to Mexican food?

          3. dang, thor, you beat me to it.

            second on Tana's.

            supposedly there's also a place called Dan Tana's in GA, but that has no connection to our LA Tana's, the one and only.

            1. Angelini Osteria for Italian

              1. Iti - Madeo, Angelini Osteria, e Baldi (WeHo adjacent)

                Mexi - Petty Cash, Pinches taco, Tinga, Tere's, Dred-O

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                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  dred-o ?

                  btw, i haven't been to e baldi, yet ? anything, like one of my faves, giorgio baldi ????

                  thanks bob.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Ok kev -

                    e vs g baldi

                    Food: as good, if not better, than the mother ship. Eduardo, Giorgio's son and one of the e's, is in B Hills supervising and cooking all day and night. He learned from his Mom and Dad very, very well and has introduced alot of his own ideas (to both places).

                    Lunch: only exists at e

                    Service: the same, a Rorschach test of sorts, of one's love (or lack thereof) of real Italians serving real Italian food.

                    Ambiance: e- bright and packed/g-dark and packed

                    Celeb Factor: similar, but a different ilk: e more political/old Hollywood (Nancy Reagan/Studio Chiefs-Agents/Diana Ross) g more music biz/young Hollywood (Mick Jagger/Jay-Z/Courtney Cox/Downey Jr/Cusacks)

                    "Value": the same, not for the faint-of-wallet. If you
                    a) are not in the 1% of the 1%, or
                    b) have active coronary disease/non-modified risk-factors you should probably go elsewhere.

                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                      yeah, i know what you mean about the price.

                      i can't really afford it but i go anyways (this in reference to giorgio).

                      but allso ebaldi has pizzas too, right ?

                      if it's just as good, then that will save me the trek to malibu, which is always a pain in the ass, and at giorgio a table is harder to achieve on short notice, right ?

                      btw, how are the desserts at ebalid ?

                      1. re: kevin

                        I forgot to mention that e does have classic Northern Italian thin crust pizza and most likely (I almost never eat dessert) better desserts, because Eduardo trained at pastry in Italy. Probably the best torta della nonna in town.

                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                          and if i'm not mistaken they have bar seating here too ?

                  2. re: Ciao Bob

                    Agree with all the Italian picks plus Tanas. Can't go wrong.

                  3. I live right across the street from the Red O and have frequented their establishment on several occasions. While there is always a time and a place for upscale dinning I think that when it comes to authentic/delicious Mexican food the first few spots I think of have nothing to do with full service, white starched linen or a wine list. That being said when you are really in the mood to get your socks knocked off (and you're willing to drive for a bit) you should check out Street Eats on Venice blvd, king taco in east LA or tacos baja ensanada on Whittier blvd. You will make memories.

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                    1. re: Eye8itall

                      I only put Dred-O in to be "complete" on WeHo Mexi - not with any personal endorsement. One can find much better content, and certainly value, elsewhere.