good italian food, good service, good bread, excellent pasta, poor food service, too heavy fourcheese rigatoni, good wine
wouldnt go back. This place took forever to seat us, and we waited so long to be seen that we just left and went next door to gyenari's. I recommend you go there......... the service is way better!
Verbally assaulted by Manager!. This used to be a favorite place to go and bring out of town guests...at least until my party & I were verbally assaulted by the Manager minutes before they were closing tonight. Our party of 8 had spent a good 3 hours there, not to mention a good amount of money, when one of us tried to order something to eat. She was told the kitchen was closed - we were not aware of that prior, nor were we warned it was closing. Being 110 lbs. & full of wine, she went across the street & brought back a small order of mac & cheese to eat & soak up some of the alcohol. She was nearly finished when the Manager approached us stating how 'DISRESPECTFUL!!!' it was to bring in food from another restaurant. He was correct to a point, but the manner & tone in which he was speaking to us was COMPLETELY unnecessary & totally astounded us all! We really thought he was joking at first because he was that ridiculous. We tried to apologize or at least defend ourselves from the verbal attacks, but he was RELENTLESS! His tirade lasted nearly 30 minutes. I am still in shock that it actually happened because his manner was so uncalled for & assaulting. Usually, people try to accommodate customers, not embarrass, threaten, & belittle them. We're not the type of people that are difficult or rude or ANYTHING like that...I've spent plenty of years in the service industry to know that his manner was completely out of line, especially for a manager...it totally blew us away & shocked us into tears LITERALLY! The other servers we had prior to 'the king' were great & actually apologized to me for his behavior...I guess this happens often? I am sick to my stomach from it & can't sleep now. Thank you Manager w/ the dark hair & glasses...wish I would have gotten your name....won't allow me to put zero stars so you get 1 & I am posting this everywhere I can
Ugo is fantastic. I've been twice in the past week. The first time, I had the salmon with pesto; it was delicious! My boyfriend had a chicken dish that was tasty, (although I preferred my fish.) We both had wine with the meal. His Pinot Grigio was delightful as was my red. We shared gelato for dessert.
The second time, I went with a couple of friends. I had the sea bass in a creamy leek sauce. AMAZING. One of my friends had the (meat) lasagna, which was spectacular, and the other person had the rigatoni, which was good, but not great. (The sauce was pretty tasty, though.)
We split the chocolate mousse cake for dessert which was phenomenal. Dark chocolate and a little bitter with the sweet. Perfect.
One thing I noticed- they love asparagus there! It's not a problem for me, (I like asparagus), but for many, many of their entrees, that is their side.
Great place!. I love Ugo! I've been a few times recently, the food is always delicious and it's easy to park in the lot on cardiff (2hr free). Both their pastas and salads are excellent, and the gelatos are amazing! I would recommend it to anyone!
Worst meal I've had in years. My husband and I decided to try this after seeing how lovely the location was. Well, that's about all that was nice. First of all, only 3 white wines were available by the glass. When we ordered our preferred wine, we were told it was sold out. Whatever. The wine we ended up with was far from impressive, and not worth what we were charged. The bread was dry and bland. (How do you mess up bread?) My veal piccata had goopy bits of breading on it and was topped with tons of nearly-raw garlic that was nothing short of overpowering. (I've dined at Italian places in Lincoln, Nebraska that had better veal than this place.) My husband's spaghetti bolognese was so watery and bland, he had to add tons of salt and red pepper flakes to give it any flavor -- and that was after the 5 minutes it took to flag down someone to bring us the pepper flakes! Save your money and go elsewhere -- Orso, Brunello Trattoria, Locanda Veneta... Heck, even Olive Garden!
Nice location, bad food.
After many times passing Ugo by to eat at nearby restaurants, my wife and I decided to give in and try the reasonably priced Ugo. The crowd there always seems happy, but from our experience I can't imagine why. I am not a snooty restaurateur, but I feel confident in my cooking and tasting skills (I have cooked fabulously for small parties and for events over sixty people), and so this recommendation is not born of ignorance.
We ordered a spinach salad with strawberries and walnuts that was swimming in a bland dressing with unripe/sour strawberries. We then tried the mozzarella-squash blossom pizzetta. The crust was RAW at the center, the squash blossoms were chopped so small they were unrecognizable, and the slices dripped liquid when you attempted to pick them up. Finally I tried the pesto pasta with clams. The dish was oily, there was no hint of basil in the pesto, and the clams were very old and foul tasting. As we walked away from the restaurant, the after-taste of the bad clams kept getting fouler.
Outside the terrible food, our waitress was congenial but absent most of the time... the entire hour we spent there, our water was refilled once and we had to search out our waitress to get the bill. To top it off, I observed another customer attempting to send back her steak and having to convince the server that it was not cooked properly. No matter how fickle the customer, one should never have to argue with the wait staff about the quality of the food.
In short, the food was inexpensive but lousy, and the wait staff inattentive. Maybe it was a bad night, but we will never go back. You are much better off eating at the other restaurants nearby.
great ambiance, quick and friendly service, great food.
My boyfriend and I had dinner on a friday night at Ugo. We usually go to the wine bar next door, but passed on Ugo because of the mixed reviews. Well, I must say that we were passing up a great restaurant experience. The location is wonderful! Tons of people watching in downtown Culver City.
Our server was polite and on top of her job. She recommended a fantastic Sauv Blanc to go with my pasta, which was fantastic; I had the linguini with shrimp. The shrimp was fresh and flavorful- not fishy at all. My boyfriend had the salmon, which was cooked perfectly with fresh and delicious vegetables. Our dinner arrived at our table in no time at all. I recommend Ugo to anyone who likes light Italian cuisine. Oh, and to the reviewer who thought the portion sizes were too small...Ugo's portion sizes are healthy. Any more food and I would have been stuffed.
so-so food, bad service, overpriced. The portions of pasta were small and overpriced. Our waiter was nice enough, but the rest of the staff seemed intent on clearing our plates before we were finished, trying to turn the table over. I had the rigatoni pesto and added chicken. They forgot the chicken, and I reminded them. When the dish came back they had just thrown the chicken on top, without bothering to mix it in. I felt like I was eating at a cafeteria. What's more, fumes from the sewer were wafting over our outside table. The food was bland at best, and a couple hours later we had stomach aches, not sure why. I say avoid this place. But the gelato is great! Go for dessert, and INSIST they recycle those plastic dishes they put ice cream in. They just throw them out! and you can easily recycle those. Makes no sense at all. What a load of garbage they make.
Wonderful food, environment, service and especially Ugo the Owner..he rocks!. Simply put..Ugo is so classy..I love the guy and the food. I have followed his success from a simple place on Pico in West LA to taking up quite a bit of real estate with his new gellato bar alongside his restaurant. Fantastic service, food, welcoming..all in all..one of thee best restaurants in Culver City. Ugo is often there to say hello and talk with guests..you really feel like you are on a sidewalk cafe in Italy.
Indifferent Atmoshpere. My wife and I went for lunch one Saturday afternoon. While it didn't take long to get a seat, it did take long to see an indifferent acting waitress. I ordered a beer with my meal. They do not have your typical beers which was somewhat of a disappointment. On her recommendation I ordered a Belgium beer which was not good. It left an after taste. Next time I'll order wine. The salads we ordered were good. I ordered the Pasta de Pesto and she ordered the Lasagna, which was very good. The portions were adequate. However, the overall experience was noting to write home about and I will continue sampling the Italina eateries in the neighborhood as this one doesn't yet have a convert.
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