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Advice needed! Italian restuarant recs!
My brother is back from overseas and is taking my family out to dinner before he leaves again (we haven't had a full family dinner is YEARS). Being the traditional Asian parents that they are, their favorite restaurants are IHOP, Chinese food from SGV, and if they are feeling fancy, Olive Garden (they love Italian). We decided on exposing them to an Italian restaurant that they would have never opted to go to, but would still enjoy. That said, I've come up with this list:

Baco Mercat
Bucato
Sotto
Gjelina
Tasting Kitchen
Factory Kitchen
Alimento
Superba Snack Bar
Scopa Italian Roots
Angelini Osteria
Scarpetta

I personnally would go for Baco Mercat, Sotto, or Gjelina.
But I think Angelini Osteria, Tasting Kitchen, or Factory Kitchen would be more my parents' speed/safe. Any recommendations?

My number 1 choice was Bestia, but that place is always booked
without knowing your parents or other parameters -- geography, cost, etc -- i'd probably rule out scarpetta (too bh), superba (too hipster), tasting kitchen (ditto) Gjelina (ditto), Bucato (ditto) and baco (not really italian and kind of crowded and noisy for a family dinner). if it was my choice, I'd probably (again, depending on geography) go for angelini (great food, but kind of small), Alimento (haven't been yet, but steve's a goodcook) and would probably end up at Factory Kitchen. it's downtown, over by bestia, and the food is really, really terrific. service is very friendly, not at all offputting. the chef is the guy who ran valentino's kitchen during its heyday. it's great food but should be comfortable enough they won't feel weird.
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there's a reason this guy's name is foodguy
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thoughts on Terroni?

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there's a reason this guy's name is foodguy
you mean besides the 38 waist?

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thoughts on Terroni?
haven't eaten there enough to like it. i think it's the kind of place that has to grow on you. but a lot of my friends who are really good cooks love it, so ... but that is a good suggestion for OP if they're looking mid-Wilshire.
SVB, have you been to maccheroni republic? i actually thought i saw you standing in line at guisados the other day.
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are there any restaurants that you know of that are cigar friendly? always good to have a list
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are there any restaurants that you know of that are cigar friendly? always good to have a list
this isn't 1995 man. get current.
sheesh. kids.
anyplace with an outdoor patio (not gjelina-like, because that's more of a courtyard).
post #2257 of 2295
haha, there are two restaurants in oc that are very cigar friendly thought maybe you'd have the inside connect
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Originally Posted by foodguy View Post


without knowing your parents or other parameters -- geography, cost, etc -- i'd probably rule out scarpetta (too bh), superba (too hipster), tasting kitchen (ditto) Gjelina (ditto), Bucato (ditto) and baco (not really italian and kind of crowded and noisy for a family dinner). if it was my choice, I'd probably (again, depending on geography) go for angelini (great food, but kind of small), Alimento (haven't been yet, but steve's a goodcook) and would probably end up at Factory Kitchen. it's downtown, over by bestia, and the food is really, really terrific. service is very friendly, not at all offputting. the chef is the guy who ran valentino's kitchen during its heyday. it's great food but should be comfortable enough they won't feel weird.

 

really enjoyed reading this assessment, feels spot on to me for the places i've been to.  

 

Cityhunter -- I very enthusiastically +1 the recommendation of Factory Kitchen for a family dinner with your parents (over both bestia and terroni dtla)  

 

i ate there for the first time this past sunday, and was surprised at how not scene-y the vibe was for a newer DTLA spot (vs. bestia and to a lesser extent terroni) - I think it's pretty ideal for taking your asian parents - there were several families dining when i went there with my gf (although we did go on the earlier side with a 6.30 res) -- fwiw, i'm also asian and would feel good about taking my mid-60s korean parents there

 

food also is imo (and echoing food guy) excellent - the pastas i felt were on par if not better than bestia, and exceeded those of terroni - flatbreads were also shockingly delicious 

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Anybody been to Q?
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Good. we've decided he's taking them to Factory Kitchen. Must-order: Mandilli, focaccia di recco (they call it something slightly different), porchetta. drink barbera. have fun.
post #2261 of 2295
Must be living under a rock, never even heard of Factory Kitchen. Checked out their site and place looks legit. Will try sometime soon.

Side note, went to Rustic Canyon for the first time in about 2 years, I didn't know they changed chefs, hereto no more burger (boo!). Food was good nothing amazing, place still kills it though.
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Side note, went to Rustic Canyon for the first time in about 2 years, I didn't know they changed chefs, hereto no more burger (boo!). Food was good nothing amazing, place still kills it though.
transformed, food wise. jeremy fox is the real deal. everything i've had has been terrific ... very different if you're expecting burgers, though.
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what no more rc burger? what a travesty

you never responded fg, disappointed in you
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SVB, have you been to maccheroni republic? i actually thought i saw you standing in line at guisados the other day.

 

Hrm, no -- must have been one of my body doubles.

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what no more rc burger? what a travesty

you never responded fg, disappointed in you
i had nothing. sorry.

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Hrm, no -- must have been one of my body doubles.
there's more than one skinny guy in plaid in downtown la?
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