I've done a search for the best italian and/or chinese options on the westside (Santa Monica / West LA) and come up with only a few results worth considering. I'm looking for either a really good (different / unique) chinese or italian dinner option for my wife's birthday - it's a surprise. I was thinking Alejo's near LAX (food there is great) but I want it to be a little more intimate, etc. Also, I've seen too many mixed reports on Valentino's for it to be a consideration. As far as good chinese, I don't want to venture off to San Gabriel or downtown.