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Help! Demanding parents visiting -- need the perfect restaurant!

Frantic Daughter | Jun 21, 200408:49 PM

I'm looking for a restaurant to take my demanding New Yorker parents out to while they are here for a visit. Here are the criteria I'd like to meet:

- Exceptional food (possibly Italian -- but not neccessarily)
- Full bar
- Nice but not too formal (i.e., not L'Orangerie, but not "casual")
- Preferably with a nice patio -- both for ambience, and also for a smoker (but not required)
- Not very noisy
- In the general Westside, SM, BH vicinity

Currently under consideration are Joe's in Venice, Angelini Osteria, Locanda Veneta and Spago.

Any other suggestions or insights on the places I'm considering?

Thanks so much!

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