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Abbondanza Italian Bistro in Balboa

jsl | Sep 25, 200404:39 PM

Tried this place out last night. I think it is a local neighborhood find. They are open from Wednesday through Sunday. It is very small. Since it was a warm night we sat in the small patio outside. There are several tables there and from peeking inside it looked like there were perhaps 8 to 10 tables. It is obviously a local favorite because it was packed and all the diners were having a good time. The waitress said the only thing they don't make by hand are the ravioli's. I had the meat lasagna for $10 which I truly enjoyed and was made with Sabatino's sausage. For $2 more I had a nice caesar salad (romaine ok) but the croutons were great and then 2 pieces of wonderful garlic bread. The others in my party had spaghetti and meatballs which were devoured happily. Another said the eggplant parmesan was very good. The wedding soup was very bland and I wouldn't recommend. Also the spumoni was wonderful. We ordered a nice chianti which was about $35. The place seems also to specialize in pizzas and some other tables had them and they looked good. The parents of the young owner were in the restaurant business and when they retired to Palm springs they worked full time for Frank Sinatra. On a warm Friday night it was very enjoyable and the owner made the rounds of all the tables. We will try this place again, for sure.

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