Solid Neighborhood Italian at Ombra

Ombra is a new Studio City Italian restaurant that opened a few months back. Early visitors reported that the food was a mixed bag: some fantastic dishes and some clear misfires. But the place seems to have worked out its new-restaurant kinks, because on more recent visits, most hounds came away pleased.

Ombra is "a much needed and appreciated addition to Valley dining!" says archer.

The shrimp appetizer starts things off right. The plate is delicious and generously portioned, says jpb, who also enjoyed the pasta special with Bolognese sauce. "The sauce was great, but it was the noodles that were sublime," says jpb. And almost all commenters agree that the grilled baby octopus salad is worth trying. "[H]ighly recommended!" says archer.

Then there are the small flourishes. "The chef came out to talk to the diners, which is always a nice touch," says mangia. "He plans to change the menu every few weeks and wants to be nothing more than a good neighborhood place." And the corkage won't break the bank at about $8 per bottle.

But there was at least one naysayer. Francesca thinks the place is noisy, the service too chaotic, and the food inconsistent. Case in point: The ravioli is tasteless, Francesca says, but the red sauce it comes in is delicious.

Ombra Ristorante [San Fernando Valley - East]
3737 Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles
818-985-7337

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