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Upside of LA restaurants -Angeli

Local | Jan 9, 200311:12 AM     3

[Read the previous 1/7 thread re: when LA restaurants get you down...] I experienced the upside at Angeli last Friday night. After going to the Grove for a movie, we opted for a dining experience that was far from the madding crowd, and arrived at Angeli's around 9:30 p.m. Except for a large birthday party taking exit, there we only two other couples. Having not been there in over 5 years, I was uncertain of my dining choice given the minimal number of diners. Needless to say, it was everything I remembered and better. Great waiter, excellent timing on delivering menu, wine, information...and the food was equally on the mark - Polpette di Melanzane, linguine ai fruitti di mare, spinach verdura, and three thin chops of lamb prepared in a wine/pomengranate juice reduction served with Morrocan carrots and garlic mashed potatoes. The s.o. would have eaten the bones if considered polite- he couldn't get enought of the tender, perfectly pink lamb. The di mare had copious quantities of tender squid, mussels, clams, ...it and the spinach are candidates for my list of "desert island food"! It was all so incredibly simple in design and taste - no fanfare, just really really nicely executed...and having the place almost to ourselves was truly romantic (an added bonus!) We sat and enjoyed ourselves til almost 11 with no hint of anxiousness from the staff. I love this place. Don't lose faith yet!!

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