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Made in house GYRO meat

Love gyros, but unfortunately most places order their gyro meat splits from the same supplier in the Chicago area. Anyone know of a Los Angeles (preferably Westside) spot that does their own gyro meat on a split?



Nov 04, 2010
engee in Los Angeles Area

Who remembers La Barbera's pizza in West L.A.?

Villa Italian in Culver City makes a pretty good thin crust sausage and cheeze pizza. You kind of have to REALLY stress thin crust for them to make it that way. Good pizza for a sleepy little neighborhood place. We mostly get take out.

Villa Italian Restaurant
3973 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

Oct 15, 2010
engee in Los Angeles Area

Akasha restaurant week dinnner

Thanks for the report. Akasha's onion rings were featured on 'The Best Thing I Ever Ate', so I was looking forward to a weekend lunch. But given the weak reviews I think I'll skip it. Such a let down to pay up for a mediocre meal. I want to go to the manager and demand my time, my money and my appetite back.

9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Oct 07, 2010
engee in Los Angeles Area

Great chow + great view of Manhattan skyline

Thanks for the reply

I'm pretty open to all types of food - seafood, a great steak, Asian, Italian, sushi, etc, as long as it's good food.

We'll take a cab into the city. My friend is a Denver mountain girl, and though I haven't ask her, I get the impression she'd be turned off by anything too froo froo. I'll do saw dust on the floor to chrystal and courses - as long as the food is good.


Aug 07, 2007
engee in Manhattan

Great chow + great view of Manhattan skyline

A friend and I have a 4 1/2 hour layover at the Newark airport. If we time things right I think we'll have just enough time for a nice meal in Manhattan. I'd love a spot with a great view of the Manhattan skyline. Any suggestions. We're open suggestions other than skyline views.


Aug 07, 2007
engee in Manhattan

Jacquilynne's Chowhound Meet-up

Didn't understand the RSVP instructions - where on the Chowhound site is this RSVP section.

May 09, 2007
engee in Site Talk

Everyone tell me their favorite dish at Mozza

has anyone tried any of these

Chicken alla cacciatora
Crisp duck leg with lentils
Pesce al forno M.P.
Fennel sausage with rapini and potatoes
Radicchio wrapped pesce with radish salsa verde M.P.
Lamb stracotto
Lasagne al forno

I tend to like somthing sweet with chrispy duck, but the duck with lentils sounds yummy

Apr 18, 2007
engee in Los Angeles Area

Vito's Pizza

Tried Vito's for the first time on Sunday. We arrived late afternoon and the place was hopping. Only about half the tables were full, but apparently they either do lots of deliveries, or pick up phone orders, or both. The phone was ringing off the hook. From what I could tell there were 3-4 people working. Vito himself manned the pizza oven, another guy in the kitchen appeared to be taking care of the non-pizza orders, and the front counter guy took orders and answered the phones. I ordered the cheese and sausage pizza with extra sausage, my friend got the sausage and peppers sub. After placing our order I noticed that the few open tables needed bussing. I asked the counter guy if the busser could come out. He kinda shrugged and laughed a little and said something like 'yeah - busser, I'm the busser, I'll get to it as soon as I can.' I asked if it'd be OK for me to bus the table. Sure. As I cleaned off the table Vito made joking comments about my chutzpah. We laughed. Then he asked what I'd ordered, and commented that he'd make sure my pizza was great. True to his word the pizza was PERFECT

A crisp crust with just the right combination of cheweyness and crispness. Just the right amount of perfectly seasoned sauce, and flavorful~savory Italian sausage. And the whole glorious thing was perfectly cook. My friend downed his sausage and pepper sub, and then lit into the pizza. Upon finishing my friend said 'I can't believe how much I ate, but I couldn't stop myself, it was all so good' All in all, it's a cute little place with a fun crew and great food. I've lived in Los Angeles for eons, and pretty much I'd resigned myself to the fact that good pizza just doesn't exist here - no longer. We have Vito's!

Apr 16, 2007
engee in Los Angeles Area

WHY didn't someone tell me to go to Angeli?

Years ago Evan set up shop at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Her pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches were great and she kept the prices low for the students. I visited her marina place once with a group after a night of graduation party hopping - she served us pizza, they were great. I remember her as smart, talented, and generous ~ a top tier person. Thanks for reminding me of her, I'll have to make it over to her place.

Mar 29, 2007
engee in Los Angeles Area

Inexpensive good food

Suggestions for great 'bang for the buck' places. The closer to my neighborhood the better - La Cienega and Jefferson area.

Mar 01, 2007
engee in Los Angeles Area