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Fresh and Fantastic Spaghetti & Ravioli... and Totally Unexpected

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Fresh and Fantastic Spaghetti & Ravioli... and Totally Unexpected

Creamfinger | Mar 6, 2006 12:13 AM

Recently, a friend and I were in the mood for pizza. He had just moved to Van Nuys, and since we were both unfamiliar with the local offerings he suggested we head over to Ventura Blvd., where we were likely to find a dozen different pizza options. As we headed out the door I remembered that on the drive over I noticed a place called Lido Pizza on Victory, just off Sepulveda. Neither of us had heard of it, but since it was nearby we decided to drive over to take a look. Although the neighborhood seemed a bit dodgy, the crowd of people waiting outside immediately piqued our curiosity. When you walk in to this place you can’t help but think that it has occupied the site for decades (which it turns out is true). If you’ve ever been to Barones Famous Italian Restaurant on Ventura, this place has the same vibe. As we walked to our table we observed that the pizza certainly looked delicious, but we were surprised at the number of people eating pasta. After all, the place was called Lido Pizza. Upon opening the menu we discovered the reason; the pasta was all fresh and made on the premises. Our plans for pizza immediately changed in favor of ravioli and spaghetti, which were delivered to us in short order. Although a meat free marinara sauce was given as an option on the menu, we both went with their homemade meat sauce which was recommended with great enthusiasm by the waiter. I do not exaggerate when I say that it might very well be the best spaghetti sauce I’ve ever tasted. This was no heavy ragu, but rather a light, very fresh marinara, that just happened to have meat in it. The ravioli and spaghetti itself were equally fantastic and cooked perfectly. There’s just something about fresh pasta that tastes better than the dried stuff. It’s worth noting that we also ordered garlic bread and salad. Both of which were standard pizza shop fare. Not bad, but not particularly good either. For desert we both had the tiramisu which they claim is imported from Italy. It was tasty, and a nice way to finish the meal, but quite honestly I couldn’t detect any difference between it and the domestic variety I’d had at a hundred other Italian restaurants. The total bill for the two of us came to around $40. I know that we are both looking forward to returning. It makes you wonder, what other hidden gems are out there that you drive by everyday?

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