There are so many requests for restaurants to eat in in Santa Monica, that I'm a little surprised that I've never seen anyone recommend Pentola.
Am I the only one that likes it?
I guess I'm a little cowardly, because I suppose I could have recommended it myself. But I'm more of a "joint" recommender or a "family owned restaurant" recommender than a "nicer sort of place" recommender.
I didn't want to be the only one that liked it -- LOL.
It's been a little while since I've been in - we moved to another neighborhood. But we used to eat there all the time and really liked it.
Or I guess I wouldn't have eaten there all the time.
Things I liked:
I like the bar a lot.
I have a wife, but sometimes I eat out alone. Eating out alone is sometimes weird. It's okay in some places, where you bring a paper, but it's weirder in a nicer place.
Maybe it's me. I've been married a long time.
Anyway, the bar at Pentola is really comfortable. I would sit at the bar with a paper and watch a ball game on the television (it's definitely not a sports bar - don't get the wrong idea - it just happens to have one or two tvs at the bar) and drink Beam and water and eat a nice piece of beef or a plate of pasta. It was really comfortable and the napkins were made of cloth and it was crowded enough to make you feel like you weren't alone but not so crowded that you felt rushed.
I like the filet mignon -- I think it was a filet. I don't know how it compares to the best steakhouse steaks, but it tasted just fine to me with a cold beer.
The pastas were good, too. Not spaghetti and meatballs pasta, but rigatonis and angel hairs and penne with shrimp and chicken and a good spicy tomato sauce on one of them.
Seafood was pretty good, too.
We like places where one of us can get some beef or chicken and the other can get some pasta or fish. None of it is "best of LA" quality, I don't think. But all good, with nice sized portions and good service.
Anyway, just getting nostalgic for a place I used to go to a lot, but haven't been in for a while.
Anyone else like Pentola?
(Now, watch, someone will tell me it's been closed for two years ... LOL)