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Dinner for UCLA grad and family

Congrats from another Bruin! I had my graduation dinner at Pane e Vino, which wasn't too pricey and the food was terrific. We were about 15 people, and there were 2 or 3 other large (graduation) parties, but service (or lack thereof) was not an issue. There were also some finicky younger eaters in the group, and the chef was more than willing to accommodate them.

Also Spark Woodfire on Pico (near Westwood) might work (we did this for my sister's high school graduation).

For Persian, also on Westwood Blvd., consider Shahrezad -- they bake their own pita bread. It's a big, open, flexible space and could probably handle a large party.

May 03, 2007
hungrybruin in Los Angeles Area

21st Birthday Chow From UCLA to Bev Hills or Sta. Monica

I agree wholeheartedly with the Italian rec's. I just ate at Angelini Osteria last week, and while the food was good, it felt much pricier than the other two and was not much better, if it was better at all. The Papardelle with porcini mushrooms in a venison ragu at Il Pastaio was great. Go for lobster ravioli at Pizzicotto. For Mexican I would say Casablanca in Venice (close to Santa Monica) for great margaritas and tortillas. Either of the Chayas seem like good ideas as well.

Wish your daughter a happy b-day from one bruin family to another.

Apr 29, 2007
hungrybruin in Los Angeles Area

King Taco: what's in that sauce?!!?! [moved from Los Angeles board]

Are you sure their sauces are different? King Taco owns El Taurino (and both are at least partly owned by Pepsi, supposedly), so I assumed they used the same green and red salsas, though sometimes the sauces do taste a little different. That, however, could simply be the result of different chilis of the same variety having different tastes.

Jun 30, 2006
hungrybruin in Home Cooking