My wife and I were in Culver City Wednesday meeting with clients. The meeting ended at 6:30 and we didn't want to join the crowd on the 405 south to Carlsbad at that hour, so we went up Sepulveda and over to Westwood Blvd. to Pastina, on Westwood between Olympic and Pico (about a block northwest of the Apple Pan) to Pastina, an Italian place that according to Zagat's guide is a favorite of neighborhood locals. Most patrons did seem to be regulars, and though we weren't, we were given an excellent table and wonderful, attentive service. Appetizers, salad and entrees were perfect. I had a filet in a Cognac sauce with roasted potatoes, spinach with garlic and baby carrots. The filet was so tender and flavorful I remarked that I hadn't had any better, even at Ruth Chris's or Donovan's (San Diego). Very personable and friendly service, excellent bread, fresh, lightly dressed salads...nothing disappointed. My wife had mussels as her entree, from the appetizer list, and said they were perfect. I can heartily recommend this restaurant, one we'll return to when in the neighborhood.