7313 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
I discovered Angelini's a few months after it opened in late 2001 - back in the day when you could walk in without reservations - to enjoy one of the best Italian meals that I have ever had here or in Italy. Exquisite unique primi, Mediterranean squid that was so soft that you could cut it with a fork alone, fabulous desserts, brillant service, a visit from the Chef to hear our raves about the food and service, and very good and fair wine list. Then, by 2006, the restaurant had become much more popular, the menu had become noticeably more standardized, and the service was markedly diminished, but the food was still great, there were Italian beers, and a still a very good and fair wine list. So, I was still a fan. But, in my last 2 visits in the last 2 years, the food has become cookie-cutter and even though more standardized the food is actually sliding in quality while service, with the exception of a waiter who works the back of the house (this stupid review tells me that his name is inappropriate), is unacceptable, and the interior is too crowded - not in a cozy way. Courses are served on top of each other, the food is over salted, the presentation is sloppy, and there is not enough room on the tables to share dishes. Further, the dessert menu is absolutely uninspired and has not noticeably changed in at least 3 years. This is a business - pure and simple. This is a radical departure from 2001, but with throngs of people willing to accept this standardized, poorly prepared food and poor service, there is no need for Angelini to return to its initial glory. Angelini, by its actions, pays more attention to getting people in and out than to providing a relaxing trattoria atmosphere with uncompromising food and service. It breaks my heart to say, but Sr. Angelini, thank you so much for the exquisite meals and dining experiences that I had through 2006; however, it is time to say ""Ciao"" and to find an Italian restaurant rather than a high-end Olive Garden.