During the past week due to unusual coincidences I had dinner at two of LA's most classic old-time Italian restaurants...Valentino and Madeo. Both were very expensive but served excellent food, with great service, in very nice surroundings. I would have to give a slight edge to Madeo. Valentino, although quiet and elegant, is rather dark and a bit dreary whereas Madeo is a bright and happy place, albeit somewhat noisy when filled. Some of the food was a bit better at Madeo...one of two osso bucos served at Valentino was rather chewy (one was great), whereas everything at Madeo was excellent...3 different veal preparations were outstanding (my Milanese was wonderful) and the pasta served was great. For a special occasion you will not go wrong with either, but I'd give a slight edge to Madeo...mainly for the ambiance.