It JUST opened a week or two ago in the Marina Marketplace on Maxella between Lincoln and Glencoe. We were originally going to check out the also newly-opened Yardhouse, but since the wait there was long, and the place was loud, we decided to investigate upstairs.
There we found Settebello. It specializes in Italian light plates and handmade pizzas (no pasta): Insalate Romana has arugula, speck, marinated artichokes, goat cheese, shaved parmigiano, pignolis, with lemon vinaigrette and a balsamic reduction. There are several salumi plates and anitipasti such as bruschetta and prosciutto and melone.
We were going to order either the Pizza Settabello -crushed tomatoes, pancetta, sausage, mushrooms, toasted pignolis, mozzarella, basil, and olio- or the Pizza Carbonara- crushed tomatoes, pancetta, egg, cracked pepper, parmigiano, mozzarella, basil and olio- but after having the warm beet antipasta- roasted beets, goat cheese crema, roasted garlic, marcona almonds, dill & olio, a nice bruschetta served with crispy pancetta, and their Misto plate- several Italian meats, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, a brie-like blue cheese, and almonds with a focaccia on the side, we had no room.
They have a full bar and a good selection of Italian wines, and 8 beers on tap plus 7 bottled.
Their 7 desserts are all made in house. (While their panna cotta is more like a pudding than a flan, it was still good, and I want to try their cannoli).
The waitstaff was very friendly and happy to please. The music was Italian contemporary (I'm a stickler for ethnic restaurant playing the appropriate ethnic music)!
The Misto plate, warm beets, and bruschetta antipasti, two desserts, a bottle of sangiovese/merlot ($26), one Americano and a coke cost us $75, not including tip.
We dined on the patio overlooking Maxella but being on the second floor, did not feel like we were smack in the middle of traffic. While we sat at a table, there was also a small fire pit and a lounge area outside.
So for a light but good Italian nosh/meal in the Marina del Rey area, here's a great place to go!
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