i never thought about it, but that l.a. times article about b'wood - becoming a little italy of sort - haha! - yes. was very aware of it last night when trying to figure out where meet the fam for dinner last night. ended up at OSTERIA LATINI.
(*note - when i first saw it last year, i never thought to go there becasue i thought it was going to be a werid fusion of italian and mexican food - go figger.)
the chef brought out POLENTA with oyster mushrooms - good way to get started, though the mushrooms were a tad too salty - maybe to balance the very bland polenta? would have like more evenly salted on both together.
we ordered the TUNA CARPACCIO and a sort of CAPRESE salad to start. both were good, but i loved the super soft cheese on the caprese - was it BURRATA?
grilled portobello with UBRIACO and orange honey sauce was alright. ubriaco was cut into long rectangle and tastes like parmigianno.
chicken PICCATA, chicken MILANESE and FILLETE con porcini were the other dishes on the table. all pretty good, and everything very reasonably priced. it's a good place to go, and lucky that it's within walking distance of me.
one thing though - VERY VERY slow service. the joint is pretty small, but ONE server is not enough to cover the 14 or so tables in the restaurant. we got there at 8 and didn't leave until 10:30! granted , we talk a lot and linger, but our server didn't even say hello to us until a half hour after we sat down.
all in all, good experience, good food.