We discovered this great little Italian place in Studio City when we lived in LA for a year ('99). We used to go at least 2-3 times a month for their wonderful pastas, marinara so good you could drink it, great bruschetta, and eggplant.
We will be returning to LA next month and are heading directly to Portofino. Is the same owner there, I think his name was Sebastian? He was always so kind to us and to all of the friends we sent there.