I need you people BADLY. My ideal wedding rehearsal dinner is in jeopardy.
This dinner, set for Oct. 6, is going to involve at least 20 people. I am on a budget. I would prefer a brick-oven pizza place with an outdoor patio that can be reserved for large private parties. I want a setting where people will be up, mingling, relaxed, and waiters just keep bringing out pizza without being asked until everyone is so stuffed they just roll right out of there. Waiters could also maybe bring out salads that people could eat at the tables. On BYOB vs in-house wine list, I am undecided; as long as my wallet doesn't get thrashed, I can keep an open mind. The place doesn't need to be Dominick's-elegant, just not dirty.
Seems simple enough, except I cannot, cannot, cannot find such a place.
The three guys who run 3rd Stop on 3rd Street in LA are adorable and friendly, and they have nice brick-oven pies, but they refuse to reserve tables for me; I would have to send my mother to the place at like 5 pm on the day of my dinner, to put little paper "reserved" tents on the tables, and just pray that some soccer mom isn't having her kid's birthday party that day.
I liked the idea of Nicky D's in Silverlake until I read the thread on them. Now I am frightened.
I hear Pizza Bianca is lovely, but I've no idea if they have a patio.
I love the loopy, that's-amore feel of Miceli's, but their banquet room needs like a bazillion-dollar guarantee or something.
Can anyone help me? Find me a place and there just might be a slice in it for you.
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