I have never made it a point to dine out for Italian in LA. It just never strikes me as the first or even second choice in this town. While I have been to Casa Bianca, Angelini Osteria and Cafe Capri and enjoyed the food, I keep wondering if I'm missing out on something. A friend of mine had been to Valentino over the weekend. He walked away a little dissappointed, expecting the mind blowing only to find steep prices and less than brilliant service. He swears by Angelini which, in my opinion is certainly good, not the best Italian I have had. I grew up in St. Louis where for many years fine dining meant Italian and only Italian. Though the menus in St. Louis may have always had old stand bys like fettucini alfredo, and chicken Parmesan - there were wonderful specials, utilizing seafood, veal and truffles. It was and is great stuff. And when you went to a few of these gems, you paid a hefty price but you knew that this was "fine dining" - a real treat. Though I still get that feeling after leaving places like Sona, Jiraffe and Patina - I am looking for it in LA Italian setting. So, that being said what's the deal with La Terza, Valentino, Locanda, Piccolo, Peppone and any others that would match to some lofty expectations that I hold in my heart?