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foodiemahoodie | Jun 2, 2011 05:15 PM

They're now opened for lunch (opened yesterday).

It's pretty formal place. Kinda "Republican" in it's feel. But nevertheless quite pretty, very charming, elegant.

But on cursory inspection (one meal with a friend) the food is terrific. This could very well be one of the top Italian restaurants in the city. Likely in the top five.

And it's more interesting than the menu would suggest . The listings look at bitt standard, but the execution is anything but. Loved everything I had (the mussels, clams with housemade orchiette - which had a great chew to it, a Villetta "Cobb" which had guanciale in lieu of bacon).

Looking forward to going back.

246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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