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Amalfi and Zucca (short reviews)

jcwla | Apr 6, 200401:30 PM

Went to Amalfi (in the ever-so-slightly redecorated Farfalla space on La Brea) before a truly bad play called "Wonder of the World" Friday night. The place was empty when we arrived at seven. Waitress explained the specials and made useful recommendations, but had too many tables to cover as time passed and the place filled up a bit. We went with the grilled portobello mushroom salad to start, which was nice, with arugula, red onions, and a little raspberry vinaigrette on the side. Then my friend had the whole Dover sole, which she liked, and I had the special swordfish with a livornese sauce. Good and a nice-sized portion. Service was a bit slow under the circumstances, the food was decent, and the bill was a tad steep at $79. We wouldn't rush back but if somebody was dying to go there, we wouldn't refuse.

Went to Zucca before the Clips game on Sunday. Hadn't been in at least a year. The place was reasonably full for a Sunday evening at 5:15. Ornate European decor with that large wall-sized "smoky" mirror that just looks dirty to me. We both started with the yummy roasted beet salad, which came with half a dozen red and golden beets over dressed arugula and a generous amount of goat cheese -- enough that I gave half to my dad and still had plenty. Then I had the broiled monkfish with pea shoots and mushrooms. The monkfish was a bit -- not quite tough but...chewy? The mushrooms were too tangy, a victim of the sauce in which the entire dish was overdressed. Not a success. At these prices we would not rush back.

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