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Inexpensive NO-frills great Italian in Northeast or Eastside L.A. (Like Alejo's)

I was a huge fan of Alejo's (now Eddie's Italian.) It's in a small donut shop-type space in a parking mall squeezed in near a Seven-eleven. You sit at two-tops squeezed in against other two-tops, with other parties sitting at them. You bring your own wine. And the food is glorious. It has the best Eggplant Parmesan I've ever tasted -- nothing breaded or frozen or frozen there -- which believe it or not, is rare.

Where are the *unfancy* good Italian places on the East side or in Northeast Los Angeles?

Gale's in Pasadena sounded like that place from the reviews -- but the entrees are $17-$40, the wine bottles start at $45 and the bills are about $70 per person! And frankly...meh.

In the same breath as Gale's in Pasadena, I've heard Far Niente's in Glendale and Columbo's in Eagle Rock. Who can evaluate?

I remember Colori Kitchen downtown was pretty good when it first opened. Is it still the case? And is it still BYOB?

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  1. Colori Kitchen is very good, affordable and still BYOB

    1. I too, am a huge fan of Alejo's. Been going there for 20+ years. Lasagne is quite wonderful too. I will be curious if anyone helps out with other locations. I live in Sherman Oaks, and there isn't anything like Alejo's really.

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      1. Talk about meh! That's Columbo's. It's supposed to be an "Italian" steakhouse, but the Italian is more fiction than fact.

        1. You might check out Maximiliano in Highland Park.
          www.maximilianohp.com.
          York Blvd. around 59th.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              How is DiPillas ?

              What do you get there ?

              But
              If
              In te hood, wouldn't one want to go to Sea Harvour instead. I know I would.

              1. re: kevin

                Better than Petrillos.

                Anything with red sauce.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Cool.

                  If better, then it's crappy, but not that crappy.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Right.

                    Third tallest midget at the circus.