Hi, I'm a Baltimore Chowhounder who's looking for a somewhat upscale Italian restaurant for a day during the holidays. My budget is < $100 for two people without wine. I've been to Batali's Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles and found it to be a good place, but wasn't particularly wowed by anything other than the grilled octopus.
I'm particularly torn between having lunch at Marea or a dinner at either Scarpetta or Convivio.
I'm heard about the sea urchin crostini, lobster burrata, and the octopus fussili at Marea, but was wondering if they are as good as people have said about them enough that eating there for lunch would be worth it. Scarpetta's spaghetti w/ basil is another signature dish that sounds tempting. The fact that it is easier to score a reservation there for dinner also makes it that more appealing. Convivio's prix-fixe is also a very tempting option, but Michael White's departure from the restaurants makes me wonder if it's still as good as people have said it used to be.
Thanks in advance!
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