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Tre Venezie -- worth it?

You are out of line. The quality of ingredients at Tre Venezie are wonderful. One of the few local Italian restaurants that uses real Parmigiano and not Grana, Carnaroli rice and the only Italian restaurant that cooks its risotto "al momento".
If you don't like regional Italian food, don't go to Tre Venezie, but it is the closest thing to a Michelin Star Italian Restaurant the city has. Gianfranco Minuz is the real deal, and is always in the kitchen.

Apr 23, 2009
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Best Restaurants on Ventura from Woodland Hills to Studio City

Love the idea of the Laurel Tavern but quite honestly the food is awful...
Cool bar... not much else

Apr 23, 2009
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Valentino Review - The search goes on for a GREAT Italian experience in So. Cal.

150$ for two people is really not excessive considering the level of restaurant. Valentino is a restaurant known worldwide for its wine list. Not ordering or drinking wine, does defeat the purpose somewhat...

Apr 14, 2009
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Wealthy Manhattanite in Santa Monica - what would impress?

Second the Hot Dog on a Stick....

Apr 14, 2009
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Wealthy Manhattanite in Santa Monica - what would impress?

tagliata or tagliatelle?

Apr 14, 2009
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Good Rabbit?

Domenico Ristorante, soon to open in Silver Lake, will supposedly have a number of game dishes on its menu

Apr 14, 2009
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Cooking Classes

Rachael stick to the classes at Sur Le Table, they are taught by real chefs and not just recent culinary school graduates or "wannabes" like most of the other places. William Sonoma also has some classes

Apr 08, 2009
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The New Reservoir Restaurant in Silverlake: Quick Review

What are melted leeks?

Mar 21, 2009
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What to order @ Via Veneto

I am sorry not a big fan of Via Veneto... everything I have had has been mediocre

Mar 21, 2009
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Josie, Drago or Jiraffe for romantic dinner?

I don't think you can eat in the glassed off room at Drago...
Il Grano(Santa Monica and Sawtelle) I think is a much wiser choice with much better food anyway or Melisse

Mar 21, 2009
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Reservoir in Silverlake?

$36 for a Steak not dry aged is a little much... particularly for a non steak house. I do want to try it but the hamburgers and pizza left me uninspired as well. It would be a nice choice for lunch, but they are not even open. I do want to try it.
I equally look forward to Domenico. It would appear to be the place to try...

Mar 17, 2009
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Selling Tap Water as Bottled Water.... [moved from Los Angeles board]

Again... do you really believe that the bottles are made not to look like VOSS bottles? There is a difference between drinking filtered water and spring water... If you taste one against the other huge difference...
If we are worried about the shipping and reducing our carbon footprint, the same restaurants should serve only local wine... or maybe Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore should stop traveling via private jet...

Mar 07, 2009
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Selling Tap Water as Bottled Water.... [moved from Los Angeles board]

Yes... but look at the design of the bottle. If you think they are not meant to look like VOSS, you are being naive.

Mar 06, 2009
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Osteria Mozza - Disneylandesque and Terrible Service

They don't serve butter with bread in Northern Italy...

ps. the co-founder was Sicilian and the current chef is from Bari

Mar 06, 2009
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Selling Tap Water as Bottled Water.... [moved from Los Angeles board]

FYI... So the new trend in Los Angeles fine dining appears to be selling filtered tap water as spring water. Should this be legal... do restaurants have a moral responsibility to have a disclaimer.
Here is the link for the filter:

http://www.naturawater.com/

The bottles are meant to look exactly like VOSS, but come to the table unsealed. The restaurant usually charges the same price as San Pelligrino, Panna or Perrier, but obviously costs them a fraction of the price. Restaurants using this device include AOC, Enoteca Drago and Mozza.
I asked the manager at AOC about the charge for tap water and the charge was discretely removed from the bill.

I don't mind drinking filtered tap water, god knows I do at home, but the fact that these restaurants are going out of their way to make a buck on it, as well as to deceive their clientele is dishonest and reprehensible. Its bad enough we pay 8$ for a bottle of water, now we are being given tap water.

Attention Chowhounders: Buyer beware

Mar 06, 2009
lambrusche in Not About Food

Pizzeria Mozza Review

The charge for tap water is a new thing in restaurants. Instead of buying spring water they have a machine called "Natura". It filters and bottles tap water. It even carbonates tap water. Restaurants really should not be charging for it or using it instead of spring water. If you call it to the managers attention, they are usually so embarrassed they remove it from the bill... FYI

Mar 04, 2009
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Rec Needed for Affordable Restaurant, 8-12 people

Fu's Palace... Pico near Robertson. Great Chinese, Great service... in and out.

Feb 28, 2009
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Wealthy Manhattanite in Santa Monica - what would impress?

Giorgio Baldi is not only a tourist trap but the quality of their food is really bad especially the seafood... It does have snob appeal...

Go to Valentino... better wine, better food, Cheaper, better service and competitive with a San Domenico or Le Cirque

Feb 28, 2009
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Wealthy Manhattanite in Santa Monica - what would impress?

Providence is a great restaurant, but seriously Iron Chef is not a reason to go to someone's restaurant... nor Top Chef for that matter

Feb 28, 2009
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Need rec's for great Seafood in WLA or Bev Hills or WeHo

Il Grano, Providence or Sushi

Feb 23, 2009
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Via Alloro?

The professional way to handle it is to seat you on time... bribery with free stuff is a Los Angeles phenomena and not professional...

Feb 22, 2009
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Great real deli in LA?

There is no real good deli in L.A. but Canter's is the worst of the bad attempts. I would try Frohman's, Arts Deli, Nate and Al's...not great but better than Canter's...way better

Feb 20, 2009
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Where to have "last meal" :)

How about Watergrill or something even in Little Tokyo... like Sushi Go 55...

Feb 18, 2009
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Cooking class in Pasadena/SGV?

I know the Culinary school doesn't teach classes... probably the best place is at Sur Le Table at the Grove...

Feb 17, 2009
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Osteria Mozza - Disneylandesque and Terrible Service

It was worth the agita 12 years ago when Valentino was doing the same dish

Feb 16, 2009
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I really wanted to like Mozza....

For those that believe in conspiracy theory... bias...none... preconceived notions based on 40 years life experiences and passed encounters with Silverton's food at La Terza Tavolo Caldo nights...yes.
Past experiences aside, my criticism is on the food...
1) pizzas too small, too thick, over leavened, and very very oily
2) zucchini flowers oily, and grossly overpriced
3) poor/random combination of ingredients...
4) Overall grossly overpriced
That is not to suggest that she should be making traditional Italian pizzas, but in order to break the rules you have to understand the rules first...
I appreciate the fact that many enjoy this restaurant... I may be missing something, but what do you like??? What makes people rave about it??? So far no one has even addressed that...

Feb 14, 2009
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I really wanted to like Mozza....

I am Italian and I take great pride in my culture... as I said part of me wanted to like it, and part of me resents it... pizza is a cultural identity for Neapolitans and we take great pride in it... but bad pizza is bad pizza

Feb 13, 2009
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Help! Good Restaurant near beverly Hills/ Hollywood

Stay away from Yamashiro at all cost... terrible.

Feb 13, 2009
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Restaurant Week / Dine L.A Good Values?

Max was very very good... great value too

Feb 13, 2009
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I really wanted to like Mozza....

As an Italian... and even more specifically Neapolitan... I have been trying to reserve any criticism of Mozza until I could have the pleasure of dining their myself. As much as I wanted to dislike Mozza, there was also a part of me that wanted to like it. What better than a total outsider to the Italian culture and community (Nancy Silverton) opening up an "authentic" Pizzeria.
I really wanted it to be good... I wanted to be shocked... I wanted to tip my hat to the outsider, the American girl with curly hair that looks and acts so completely non Italian...
I knew I was in for a disappointment the minute I sat down to the bar and saw a pizza go by. It was not served on the traditional pizzeria style plate but what looked to be a salad plate. The pizza looked like a "Boboli" from the supermarket. Even so don't pass judgement until you have tried it.
We ordered the zucchini flowers, fried and stuffed with ricotta. They were not edible. So greasy they literally were a sponge of Olive oil. By the way, 4$ a flower...
Reading the menu for pizza, you see ingredients that were never meant on a pizza. That's fine but you saw combinations that just don't go. Sicilian ingredients mixed with Alpine with a touch of the Pianura. I love "Ortica" (stinging nettles). So I ordered the pizza with nettles and cacio.
Bad bad bad. It is hard to make a pizza almost inedible... but they did a really good job. It was an over leavened sponge dripping in olive oil. I could not believe it.
After eating very little pizza we ordered dessert. The highlight of the evening. Meno male, at least the ice cream removed the awful oily after taste that remained in my mouth.
What amazes me is that the restaurant is packed. Does Los Angeles really not understand Italian food to this level...?
All I can say is if you are looking for the Yuppy version of Chucky Cheese...don't let the novelty of interesting ingredients fool you... even Chucky Cheese has better pizza... and at least they are not pretending to be anything they're not... Nancy leave the Italian food to the Italians... Forza Italia, Forza Napoli

Feb 13, 2009
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