Rafi, Sheryl and I went last night to Angelini Osteria (7313 Beverly BLvd), the new restaurant of Chef Gino Angelini who once cooked at Rex and whose web site boasts he cooked in Italy for Fellini, among others. Unlike the stately Rex, the place is noisy, super casual and kid friendly in the osteria tradion and the food is just terrific. We all loved it. Every dish was exceptional and the service warm and fabulous (do I sound like a press agent?).
We shared appetizers of cannellini beans with red onions and sausage (could have eaten twele plates of this) and a frito misto with squid, eggplant and zucchini that was fried as light as a good tempura. For main courses, Rafi had the Taglionlini with Mussels and Clams. Sheryl had the Bollito Misto, boiled meats with a spicy green sauce (a special last night) and I had Spaghetti "Sanzio alla Chitarra", a wonderful lamb ragout sauce. For dessert we shared a marscarpone in amaretto--heaven. The maitre d' (late of Alto Palato) recommended a Dolcetto to go with all this. It disappeared quickly.
It's even reasonably priced. Our total bill came to less than $150 including wine, tip, etc. Obviously local food nuts (I don't dare use the term foodies on here) have already discovered the place. Nancy Silverton was at the next table with a large group of adults and kids.
This is a keeper.