great italian food, great personal service, highly recommend local place, good new orleans pasta, great value, favorite italian restaurant, nice salads
Great Italian food at reasonable prices. We stumbled here on a recommendation and it was a great evening. The menu has a large variety of choices, lots of pasta choices/sauces/entrees....I had the chili pasta, spicy sauce and chicken, my wife had the 'pillows'. All of it was amazingly good and fairly priced. The service was excellent as well. I highly recommend this place if you want a nice Italian meal.
Best Italian in Santa Monica. To be honest I can't really compare this place to any other Italian restaurant in Santa Monica because I don't even want to try the others. This place has such great food, friendly service, and reasonable prices that I keep coming back for more. Try the raviolis, yummmm.
Fabulous service!!. I just moved to Santa Monica and this place is down the street from my apartment. I could not be more excited to have a restaurant near by. The food was fabulous and our waitress was so attentive. I wasn't sure which wine I would prefer and she allowed a small taste-test. Everyone at our table had an excellent dish, and our waitress brought us a complementary dessert at the end of our meal.
Average at Best. I went here a couple of times for lunch. Both times were average at best. I recently had the sausage with whole wheat pasta. It was so bland. A good sauce has to be bold but here it was just there on my plate. However I have to give them credits for the portion. I also ordered the calamari which I was very satisfied with. It has to be by far one of the best I have eaten in awhile. Too bad their pasta could not be the same.
Fantastic Food, Busy During Dinner. I've ordered many things from the menu, and every dish has been flavorful and cooked perfectly. There are so many choices on the menu that everyone in your party is bound to be happy, including vegetarians and children (can create your own pasta & sauce combo). Servers don't return to your table enough, but they've always been nice. On busy nights, calling ahead for take-out works well.
Good Italian Food. The food is consistently tasty. I have never been disappointed by anything I have ordered. The callamari is fresh and their pasta is always a winning choice. I usually go for the vegetarian lasagna or the pasta puttanesca. The portions are very generous. Their lunch menu is sensibly priced. Now here the bad news. The place is usually packed so make reservations. Because the restaurant is popular the service in the evening is bit rushed. Parking in the back is inadequate and street parking can be somewhat challenging. Also the tables are placed close together this is not the restaurant to go to if you need some privacy. I do not recommend large groups for two reasons. First they typically put large groups in the back room and second they tend to rush the service for large groups.
Delicious lunch specials!... well delicious all the time..
I love this restaurant and anytime I'm in that part of town I use it as an excuse to eat here. My favorite dish is their sweet potato ravioli is garlic cream sauce - yum!
The best deal is to get the lunch special (before 5pm I think) which is a half portion of the different pasta of the day dishes and have salad or soup. Be aware the salads are HUGE! Two people can split a small salad and both eat a lot! I love the Greens and Gorgonzola and the Misto Salad. The soups are usually very good as well.
Casual atmosphere and they also do catering.
Great Inexpensive Italian Food!. For anyone who says that it is impossible to find a good, cheap pasta place on the Westside, Fritto Misto proves them wrong. I've heard people complain about long waits but I have to assume that this is only on the weekends because the restaurant was practically empty for us on a Wednesday night. My friend and I arrived at Fritto Misto after an extremely long day at our respective offices, wanting only comfort food and red wine to mellow out a bit and catch up. The atmosphere was perfect and we weren't rushed at all - in fact, our waitress came over and gave us her recommendations for our first visit and chatted with us about the upcoming Super Bowl. Altogether a very friendly place and very attentive, personal service. For our food, I chose the "Pillows Pesto" and my friend opted for the "Pillows Checca". When they arrived, these "Pillows" looked like thick, deep-ridged, ricotta-filled ravioli and they tasted amazing! The portions were huge and we both ended up with leftovers (which lasted through lunch the next day for me!). We also helped ourselves to plenty of good, warm bread and had a glass of Chianti each. And the best part was that we left with a bill that was under $30! I can't wait to go back and try all the rest of their incredible pasta dishes!
Best Place on the Westside for Casual Dinner. You can't beat this for a crowd pleaser -- lots of choices and tasty dishes. The mix-and-match pasta dishes means even the pickiest in your group will find something they like. The wait can be killer.
Best taste for resonable price. I love Fritto Misto. The greens and gorgonzola salad is to die for. They do many creative things with pasta without sacrificing taste. They also have lo carb and lo cal alternatives. The service is always great and the bread is hot out of the oven. It is a relaxed atmosphere. A nice place to meet many friends for good food and good conversation. My sister drives all the way from Las Vegas at least once a month to eat with us there. That is how good it is. She loves the Pumpkin Ravioli when it is available. I always look for an excuse to go, birthdays, mother's day, father's day, stubbed my toe and need to feel better day, etc...
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