I am sorely behind in my blogs.
I should have posted one about the party we had for Azad (because he’s leaving) and my trip to the San Diego zoo.
Italian, you say? Very apropos, because TONIGHT I took Mateja to Angelini Osteria in Hollywood for her bday – THANK YOU LAUREN for that suggestion – and I must say this was probably the finest dining experience that we were going to have in 2008, if not like, EVER for a bday.
Mateja and I have been looking for some good Italian joints that were a tier above BJ’s, so this was a very happy occassion.
The upscale crowds in Hollywood are a far cry from Venice. Last year for Mateja’s bday we dined at Boa on Ocean and well… let’s just say that while Hollywood has its headaches, I still prefer their classy “Old Money” stuffiness to the Venice Beach/Santa Monica “anything-goes-Blasé”.
Our waiter (We forgot to ask his name, Doh) looked like Patrick Fischler and made the overall dining experience amazing. The meals are served multi-course and they tell you the specials in Italian. The only damper to the evening was the mother/daughter couple who sat RIGHT NEXT TO US (it is a very tight fit in the restaurant…) talking about how lovely their sex lives were, but what can you expect with Old Money.
I would suggest you go to this place immediately.
And I would recommend you try the Tagliatelle with Boar Sauce (secondi) and the Blood Sausage (antipasti).
not a good photo of the blood sausage – but c’mon. you can’t go by its name NOR the photo. You just got to try it…..