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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.

                    2. Mozza

                      Yuca's (bring your own silverware)

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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Yucca's!

                        Loved it when, invited an old friend I hadn't seen for a while to the Hollywood Bowl and said it was BYOP (bring your own picnic). She brought a burrito from Yucca's and made happy eating noises all the way through : )

                        Also today the hubby and I finally did the lunch/bar special at Mozza Pizzeria. Maybe not best for the kids, but $20 for any pizza of your choice, a drink (beer, wine or a soft drink) AND a dessert - awesome. On the main floor we did see tons of kids and families splitting pizzas so, hopeful on that level!

                        1. re: happybaker

                          Y'know what's totally underrated at Yuca's?

                          The burger.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            That burger is beyond fucking dope.

                            In addition to the carne asada burrito hold that fucked up American cheese and beens. Then you are good to go.

                            And head to the liquor store next door to wash that shit down.

                            And afterwards grab a couple of oyster po boys from little dom's.

                            But hold the shitty ass bread and bring your own loaf of French.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Nice paean (with pic's) to Yuca's "double chili cheeseburger" can be found here: http://www.lataco.com/taco/bang-for-y...

                            2. re: ipsedixit

                              The burger is the only reason I go at this point. Love it.

                              The tacos are okay - cochinita pibil being the standout, IMO - but there are many better options out there. I especially don't like the tortillas they use - mass produced and flacid. They don't even bother toasting them on the flat top prior to adding your meat of choice.

                              1. re: JeMange

                                You go to Yuca's for the tacos, and stay for the burger.

                                One has to remember, that if Yuca's did not do tacos (and burritos) their burgers would never be so revelatory.

                                It's all those meat drippings, charred bits, and grease (yes, grease!) leftover on the flattop from grilling those Mexican meats that gets imparted onto the burger patty that makes Yuca's burgers a thing of (caloric) beauty.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  I couldn't agree with you more. The flattop is perfectly seasoned at this point from decades of delicious meats.

                                  1. re: JeMange

                                    It's a national treasure.

                                    Designated Culinary Historical Landmark No. 32.

                          2. re: ipsedixit

                            Since no one's mentioned Dominick's, are they that....?

                            And what about Cecconi's and Marino's?

                            1. re: TripleAxel

                              Dominick's is ok, mediocre food that's a bit overpriced. Sort of Ivy-esque for Italian restaurants.

                              I'd go to Cecconi's or Marino's if someone else wants to go *and* is paying. Otherwise, they wouldn't top my list.

                          3. Not upscale by any stretch of the imagination, but I have been going to Los Tacos on Santa Monica Blvd. for many, many years..Dependable, stick-to-your-ribs Mexican food, served 24/7.

                            http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-tacos-w-h...

                            1. In WeHo? Vetro is pretty good for Italian

                              1. I know it has fans and not so much but I enjoy the flaming margaritas and carnitas quesadillas at el compadres by guitar center.

                                1. Italian: Cafe Verona, 201 S. La Brea.

                                  1. Angelini Osteria by a long shot. (though that's getting close to Hollywood proper).

                                    Madeo is my second choice, but always fun to go there.

                                    I'd say Mozza, but I don't think I'd consider it West Hollywood. Otherwise it'd be up there with Angelini.

                                    Dan Tana's? I'd pick about 10 places before I'd pick Dan Tana's for Italian food. It just ain't about the food. (steak and lamb chops are pretty great though. I considered in a steak joint with below par pasta on the side). Caesar is good too. Too expensive for what it is.

                                    1. I will always have a soft spot for Lucy's El Adobe. It's not upscale, but it's old Hollywood. The only other "upscale" Mexican I can think of is Border Grill, but that's not We Ho.

                                      Italian, go to Mozza.

                                      1. I like Pizzeria Il Fico for Italian in that area. Great fresh pastas, pizza. Delicious and authentic

                                        1. I'm going to add another suggestion for Italian.

                                          Cube.
                                          http://cubemarketplace.com/menus/

                                          1. I'm leaning towards Dan Tana's just so I can cross it off my list. Looks like you have to call them on the phone to make a reservation ... was hoping I can make a res on OpenTable or something. Does anyone know how easy it is to get a seat at the bar for dinner? Thinking about Sunday when it might be less busy.

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                                            1. re: HumanNature

                                              Easy to call. They answer early in the day. They wont reserve at the bar, so you need to get there early (6ish). You can reserve a small table in the bar room. Enjoy.

                                              1. re: Thor123

                                                Yeah. The bar fills up fast. Maybe you should get there at the latest before 7pm on Sunday.

                                                1. re: kevin

                                                  I might make a reservation for small table in the bar room but we prefer sitting at the bar (even in upscale restaurants). Mostly because its more casual and we like to share an appetizer and entree. We might just wing it and if we cant get a seat at the bar we will try on our next trip. Is parking near by, I don't like to valet.

                                                  1. re: HumanNature

                                                    Parking may be somewhat difficult if you don't like to valet it.