I am wondering what the current feeling on Italian places are in LA.
My history: we loved the early version of Buca. Pre-makeover. It was the perfect type of simple, NYC-feel Italian bistro, with some standout dishes. It's gotten a little fancy now, and it's not as welcoming as it used to be for us.
Angeli's Caffe we recently checked out was certainly acceptable. But the atmosphere was so, uhh, not there, with the 80s black-faux marble tables and the slipshod, coffee house feel, it seemed defly not a "must visit". While the bread was great, we couldn't find any other must-try dishes.
What are people's thoughts on the current state of Italian restaurants in LA? As a former New Yorker, uhh, I'm not getting my hopes up, but I would love to hear what people think.