A friend wants to take me out for a belated birthday dinner. She suggested Enoteca Drago, where I've never been, and after we hung up I thought of Angelini Osteria, where neither of us have been. It will probably be a week night. I haven't read much about Enoteca on the board for quite a while. Has it gone downhill? I gather both places are a bit noisy. Probably we will go earlyish. Would that help the noise level? Is Angelini significantly more expensive? We might share a main since we're both light eaters, esp if the portions are fairly large.
As far as other ideas--I live in Santa Monica, she lives in Beverly Hills. Don't suggest AOC because somebody else is taking me there this weekend. I think she probably doesn't want to spend more than $120 for the 2 of us. If any of the new Italians in Brentwood are equally as interesting as my original choices, that would be the ideal location for us to meet in the middle.