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We made a reservation at 6 p.m. on Sunday and when we got there, it was already packed. The place is very small (can probably fit 30 people or so) so reservation is a must on weekends. We had an amazing Travelozoo deal where 2 glasses of wine, 2 appetizers, 1 pizza or pasta, 2 entrees are only $65 for two! For appetizers, we tried Baccala (whipped salt cod croquettes. salsa rossa) and Fichi (figs. whipped sheeps milk ricotta. saba). Baccala was good but a bit too salty and wasn't my favorite. Fichi, on the other hand, was amazing. I loved it. The next course was pizza; we chose Margherita D.O.P. (tomato. mozzarella di bufala. basil.). This was our waitress's #1 recommendation but it was very disappointing; it wasn't good at all. For entrees, we had Agnello (colorado lamb chops. potatoes. artichokes. black olive) and Port Braciole (neapolitan ragù. swiss chard). Both are very good but not the best Italian dishes I've had. The restaurant was packed so it took forever to bring the food; we didn't mind since we were not in a hurry but I saw two separate guests that night complaining to the manager. Our waitress was very apologetic and checked on us many times and they gave us free dessert so that was nice. I didn't see any self parking space or valet but you can find paid meter parking; but only 1 hour max so we had to leave the restaurant to feed the meter again while waiting for the food. Overall, I liked the restaurant and its ambiance and because of the Travelzoo deal, it was very good deal. But, I'm not too sure if I would come back here again anytime soon (I would rather want to check out other Italian restaurants in the area...)
Eating at Enzo and Angela's Restaurants was one of the highlights of our vacation. We were exhausted and getting ready to return to Chicago when we decided to dine out. Upon entering, it was the perfect remedy for a stressed packed day. The ambiance was charming and inviting. The waiter was extremely personable. It was almost like walking into another world. The waiter brought warm bread to our table and I can honestly say, it was the most delicious bread we have ever had in our lives. I personally am not a "salad" person, but the salad was fabulous...fresh, crisp and inviting. Next came the homemade pasta which we thought was "out of this world." Angela, one of the owner's, came over to our table and was absolutely charming. We had such a wonderful experience that we returned the next week only to discover that it was closed for vacation time. We were so disappointed that we decided to tell all of our friends to eat there. We also have made a vow to never visit LA unless it includes another wonderful dinner at Enzo and Angela's. Would I recommend it? Absolutely! Ironically, Chicago is known for its fine Italian cusine, but for what it is worth, I would rate this restaurant up with the best that we have in Chicago... Perhaps higher because the prices were soooooo reasonable. Joyce Moone' and June Ryl-Kuchar Palos Heights, Illinois
Cheebo apparantly prides itself on being 'organic.' Here is the beauty of that. I've eaten there about a dozen times, as it is just up the street, and I've taken many visitors from out of town to Cheebo as I feel it is a great spot to eat and squeeze in a little entertainment. For one, the location almost guarantees a celebrity sighting and the paper table cloths and Crayolas at every table give you the opportunity to conduct impromptu Rorschach tests on your guests. But that is beside the point. Point is, I had no idea they were organic. The food is traditional but always tastes above par for the course. Salads, sandwiches, pizzas and pastas are all on offer in many varieties. Not your typical organic menu no? Sounds somewhat everyday, but as I said, all of these seem to be a bit more than you'd expect in flavor and presentation. Specialty entrees are always plated beautifully though I've never ordered one. I come to Cheebo for their pizzas. The crust is amazing and their choice of toppings always fresh. Finding out that ingredients are organic puts to rest that lingering question I've had about Cheebo. Why is the cheese so good? I guess organic mozzarella is the way to go. It is creamy and stringy and stretchy and just so right on with their wild meshroom and pesto pizza. You can eat on the cheep at Cheebo, but by adding one beer you tack on about ten dollars to your tab. So, keep that in mind if you are planning on making this your local haunt.
I miei fratelli e sorelle! It's been awhile and I've been pleasantly adrift Lord knows where but when I finally resurfaced, I was craving a quick Italian fix. The stupor caused by mind numbing days at the office caused me to forget about the dirty old neighborhood friend (shoot, you know we all have 'em, okay) in Di Vita's. Old dirty Di Vita's. My ex-supervisor used to order from this place ALL THE TIME. Calzones - he swore by them. There used to be a gi-normous blond gal behind the counter there and she was feeling my ex-boss something fierce. Why, there were days when he went down there and I thought he might not make it out alive. Forgive me but I digressed. Anyhow, we were craving quick-fast-and-a-hurry eats...cheese pizza, chicken alfredo and something for dessert was what we ordered. Well, you probably get the idea here - it's never that memorable but it gets the job done and gets it done on the cheap. BONUS! - they deliver. It's been awhile since I been to the spot but I drive by there all the time. It's not much on decor but sometimes, you don't need to dress up to stuff the pig, capiche? Anyhow, keep this place in mind when you're in a bind (or just desperate and need something easy and quick). Dunno about you but I ain't too proud to beg - even for Di Vita's. Ciao for now! Good eating to you!
I recently moved to the area and this place is just a few blocks away. Happy to say, it's become one of my neighborhood joints. I typically stick with the small plates since they're great to share with my significant other. Our favorites so far have been the fried oysters, the chicken and waffle croquettes, the spinach pierogi, the pumpkin ravioli and of course, the kaya toast. I'm all about the kaya toast and we've been known to get two orders on occasion. Also, and to pretend like we're being healthy, we'll order something green, such as the (crispy) brussels sprouts or the house salad. They have a terrific drink menu with cocktails that are too difficult or time consuming for me to make at home, (which is what I look for in a drink list). I can make my own, great old fashioned. I like trying a new drink every time I go. They also have a nice wine list when I'm in the mood for a glass. The service has always been great and the staff has always been friendly. I would recommend making a reservation before going since seating fills up pretty fast. Otherwise, get there once they open for dinner, like we usually do, and seating shouldn't be an issue.
We were doing a little pub crawl down Vermont last night....but it stopped here. We sat at the bar with Heather from NYC. She was great fun. This place takes me out of LA. Very unassuming, charming...like my boyfriend said, it reminds you of the place you went with the family for your 1st Communion. (You Catholics know what I mean!) As soon as we sat down at the bar, we had a few slices of pizza in front of us. We grabbed a table for dinner, and split the veggie lasagna. The cheese pasta sauce ratio was perfect, and the sauce is great. To his dismay, it was full of mushrooms. But, I enjoyed those, he picked them out, and LOVED this dish. Plenty to split. The traditional garlic bread and house salads are a great start as well. I wish they had a better wine by the glass selection, next time I'll order a bottle. And we'll get the pizza next time. The sweet bartender got us a slice of tiramisu to split, maybe to welcome me to the neighborhood? It was a really nice touch! Overall, we'll go back again. On a cheat day. Heavy delish traditional comfort food. Glad we walked home.
Amazing service, impeccable food, amazing atmosphere! Words cannot describe my experience here! The kabob so juicy it literally felt like I was in Tehran again. In my honest opinion, many generic persian kabob restaurants in los angeles dont even come close to the taste you can get here. Friendly and attentive staff is the icing on the cake here. They were constantly making sure our water was filled, and if we needed extra napkins or utensils. They even went out their way to make sure we enjoyed our lunch. Apparently they bake their bread daily! I had the koobideh (ground beef) and my coworker had the joojeh (chicken) kabob wrap. Both were extremely juicy and perfectly cooked with a blend of spices that blew my mind and my taste buds. Definitely will come back here! Oh and I just realized its kosher!?! How could that be? Last time I had kosher kabob, it tasted like cardboard grilled on a flame. Not here. This place never ceases to amaze me! Thank you for being so attentive and tasty, kababi mahala!
Second time at Bestia and we enjoyed our time at the counter. If it's just two of you, you should really try the counter and watch some of the appetizers as they're being prepared. We ordered the calamari to start with, mostly because it sounded really good on the menu, but the cooks were preparing the tomato salad over and over again. My wife and I just stared. Over. And over. Again. And again. Obviously almost every table was ordering the tomato salad. Mind you. We walked in as soon as they opened the door and we were waiting behind a line of 20 or so customers. We ordered the calamari, a pasta w/ homemade sausage, and the ribeye. Before the ribeye made it out, we gave in. We ordered the tomato salad after watching the 20th salad plate go out. With burrata and other things on the dish that we couldn't figure out... We absolutely loved it. In the end...Happy birthday to me! PS. Parking isn't easy. About $8 if you want valet. Also, reserving ahead of time is HIGHLY recommended.
We went to Clifton's tonight and found it really underwhelming. The atmosphere is interesting - the faux woodland diorama thing makes it like a hipster Rainforest Cafe. Some of the place was clearly renovated with care, while other parts appear half done. Most of the floors were not open to the public tonight, so we were stuck on floors 1 and 2 (got to go up to the front of 3 for about 10 minutes before it closed for evening set up). The decor in the center by the giant tree is cool, but it looked better on the higher floors. The food is...fine? I guess? Not bad, not great. We originally wanted to get into the new Tiki section, but it was invite only tonight, which wasn't advertised anywhere - and only some of the staff knew about it. The basement bathrooms were so bad: one stall out for busted (overstuffed) toilet, one stall closed with a laptop on the floor of it, a third stall working, and a fourth with no toilet paper. Overall, not super impressed.
I love this place. We go here at least once every two weeks or so and try our best to get one of the large booths by the front windows. Great place to have one of the best Bloody Mary's in town on a warm Saturday afternoon. I love the menu - it's not huge, but what they do offer is usually fantastic. I dream of their mussels with bread sops, the brussel sprouts with bacon would make a few vegetarians go back to the dark side and the savory pies take me back to London. They also feature a great beer menu plus all sorts of interesting cocktails. My favorite drink is the Ginger Top - a glorious amber beer topped with ginger beer. I had my 40th birthday party here a few weeks ago in the back room and the chef, managers and staff went above and beyond in terms of helping me plan and prep. It was the best bang for our buck and our guests had a fabulous time. In a nutshell: great food, great staff and never a negative experience.