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Review: Divina Cucina, Montrose


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Review: Divina Cucina, Montrose

Das Ubergeek | Oct 28, 2005 01:27 AM

Divina Cucina
3730 Verdugo Rd (between Verdugo/Honolulu Blvds. and Broadview St.)
Montrose, CA 91020
1 (818) 248 30 77

My home office is in Montrose and for a while, when I was "benched" for a few months, I was based out of that office and ate lunch in Montrose every day, at least once a week at Divina Cucina. That was four years ago, and I haven't had a bite of lunch in Montrose since then.

Today I had a meeting at the home office over lunch and we adjourned to Divina Cucina. The prices had gone up some, but since the company was paying, I didn't mind at all.

The first thing you'll notice about Divina (besides the bizarre parking) is that the decor is absolutely beautiful -- tile and wrought-iron chairs, lamps and autumnal leaves and tchotchkes just so, both on the patio and inside.

I should mention at this point that I've only been there for dinner once; it was for our first anniversary and I was so deliriously love-drunk that I don't really remember much about it.

The lunch menu has a large number of pastas, a couple of salads, and some sandwiches, all of which come with either a small side salad or a cup of soup. The cheapest meals are around $7, the most expensive are around $9. The meals start with bruschetta and also bread with olive oil and vinegar.

Today, I had the Italian-style chicken sandwich, which is flattened chicken breast, grilled zucchini and grilled eggplant on focaccia with pesto mayonnaise. It was absolutely incredible. As my side I had a cup of cream-of-pumpkin soup, which needed a bit of salt but was just delicious. (Side note: when I was eating there four years ago, occasionally they had yellow bell pepper bisque, which was the most delicious soup I have ever spooned into my massive maw -- it was so good I ordered it to go and ate it for three nights straight.)

My colleague ordered a vegetarian sandwich, with zucchini, eggplant and roasted red peppers, which he loves; he had a small Caesar salad on the side.

The service was very good -- drinks were topped-up invisibly and often, the service was friendly but casual, and Horacio, the owner, came over to make sure we had everything we needed.

It's definitely a place to go for a relaxing lunch. They have an incredible wine list (sadly, corporate policy forbids drinking at lunch); someday I'll go for dinner and we'll order from that list.

I give it thumbs-up.

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