When we arrived, they gave us drinks (iced tea) quickly, and kept them filled the whole time. This is a big deal for me. I don't like running out of my drink.
They served a little round bread loaf like I've had in other small Italian restaurants. The server came over and asked if we liked garlic. Upon our affirmative answer, he took a big spoonful of chopped garlic out of a small bowl and dished it onto our breadplates. Then he poured olive oil over it. This is a delightful dip as long as you don't want to actually put your bread onto the breadplate. Fortunately my buddy and I had no problem with putting the bread directly on the table and leisurely lapping up the garlicky olive oil.
I had the "Penne Maria" which was listed on the menu as having tomato, basil, eggplant and riccota. In fact, it had a black-peppery tomato sauce with some basil. No eggplant. No riccota. It was good, but not as advertised. It was delicious.
I liked the food and the service was great. My buddy called ahead for a reservation, and that may be why they treated us well.
La Cienega, one half block south of Wilshire
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