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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great local restaurant right on the water. The service was very attentive. Qonderful ambience. The meals were excellent.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 17, 2022

Like a dream - sit by the window and look out at Marina del Rey - one of the largest manrinas in the world - and eat the best seafood and pasta (and other dishes) you can imagine. Doesn't get much better than this. Great...service and very accomodating. Good for larger groups and intimate enough for a romantic date. Enjoy.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 20, 2022

I figure with all of the postings here about the service and especially the owner, little more needs to be said. So, I will just add that I have never witnessed outright racism and discrimination from a restaurant (much less the OWNER). Ever. And, no...it was not to me or my wife. It was to a couple of color dining there across from us who were completely treated without ANY respect followed by a ranting rage from the owner when they kindly inquired about the service. The owner literally "shoo'd" them out of the restaurant leaving the entire dining room feeling beyond uncomfortable and just let down. And for the food, it was good... nothing amazing. But even if it was amazing, we would NEVER EVER recommend this place... TO ANYONE. Honestly, it's insane this guy and his restaurant are still in business. Plenty of other restaurants (and better!) in the area. Enjoy them.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 20, 2022

This week, I dined here for the first time. It was my birthday. The owner (or manager?) seemed super friendly, but it soon became apparent that two diners of color, at the neighboring table, were being treated very differently than the white clientele. They, eventually,...complained (quietly, calmly). The manager's response was to blow up, screaming so loud, surely, every table heard his rant. Though their meal was just arriving, the two refused to stay a minute longer. The manager, then went from table to table loudly saying how awful THEY were. I will always regret not walking out then and there, especially after finding so many similar tales on Yelp in the one-star section. I definitely won't be back. If, by chance, the two diners are reading this, my apologies for not supporting you in the moment. It took a bit to realize what we were seeing. We def didn't stay for dessert. :(More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed December 2, 2021

We met some friends for lunch here that we hadn't seen in a very long time. We ate outside and had a really wonderful meal.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed September 11, 2021

I would give this place 5 stars but for the surprise Covid charge.. Food was wonderful and outdoor atmosphere was lovely. Server very attentive. However, upon receiving our bill and looking at it, I noticed an unidentified charge. When I asked the waiter what it...was, he said that the owner had imposed a 3% Covid Charge on all bills. I find this a bit outrageous. With our dinner we had a $50 bottle of wine (nothing cheaper) so our bill was already pretty high for 4 adult dinners and the wine. And they only opened it and we took care of pouring from there. But I'm charged 3% on my entire bill for some extra charge the owner just decided is appropriate when I'm still tipping the staff 20%? This soured our experience.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 21, 2021

I had made a reservation for Sunday afternoon with a couple friends. We planned on bringing our dogs. I called a couple days in advance and asked if they allowed dogs on the patio. They said yes so I said great. See you on Sunday....We showed up and the RUDE owner said no dogs. So they lied. Oh, and there was a dog in the patio. It was Father’s Day so really couldn’t get in anywhere else. BUT let me preface this by saying this man has been rude consistently for years. Anytime you ask him for something the answer is always NO! Whether you ask to move a chair somewhere or ask for a different dressing on your salad. My friends and I supported him all through covid where he almost had to close down. Today when he ruined our plan I reminded him we have always supported him so he could stay open. And we spend a TON of money there. His response was “we don’t need your support” as he threw his arms in the air. Really???? You don’t need your customers’ support? He has no clue how many of my friends go there and who I have referred. And how a bad reputation travels way faster than a good one. He has lost not only my business forever but my networks as well.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed April 15, 2021

The service was excellent, great views of the Marina, very nice atmosphere. The food was just delicious and appealing to the eye. Our waiter was actually Italian and gave personal recommendations.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 8, 2020 via mobile

Owner is very concerned about minimum wage being raised and told our table doesn’t think he’ll be able to stay in business. Understandable that he is concerned. Polite table service and care and concern for your customers dinner being enjoyable and receiving what you ordered...will keep you in business. Small quaint Italian restaurant but needs a manager that wants to spend time with the customers and provide kind personal service... not rushing you out during the coffee and dessert that was offered because you want to seat someone else. The financial stress was obvious. Too bad. The food and location were nice.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

Location - Overlooking the main water channel with lots of boats passing by. Food - Fresh and delicious Italian! Service - Excellent Ambiance - Perfect Parking - 2 hrs. free with validation Seating - Indoor and outdoor Some of my favorite dishes: For Starters -...Napoleon Caprese - not your normal Caprese but stacked 3 high on crispy paper bread Main Course - Pollo Al Mattone - chicken with skewers of vegetables and rosemary roasted potatoes served with a delicious lemon butter wine sauce. or Rollantno Di Pollo - chicken breast stuffed with roasted artichokes, spinach and mozzarella wrapped with prosciutto! Although I don't eat much fish there are plenty of fish/seafood dishes to choose from. My friends love the Branzino. The lasagna is also a go to. Desert - you cant go wrong with the Tiramisu! i am a local and eat here at least 2x a month.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 29, 2020 via mobile

This place is fabulous! We had dinner here with my daughter before a formal at LMU. Everyone really enjoyed their meal. The food is very authentic - the owner is from Italy. The service was very prompt. All in all a great choice in Marina...Del Ray!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 28, 2020 via mobile

Very fresh fish, lovely bread, and vegetables. Good coffee. Unfussy. As a proper authentic Italian restaurant it deserves more than 5 stars.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 8, 2020

There was an awesome authentic Italian feeling when I dined there! I would definitely recommend to others.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 8, 2019 via mobile

This family owned restaurant is manned by the warm and friendly Stephano. He greets you and you feel as though you are a guest in him home . The food is delicious. Order the branzino.. it’s the best !!!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 12, 2019 via mobile

Italian restaurant food was delicious food 🥘 Ravioli pasta Spaghetti 🍝 Gambari 🍤 All of them are so delicious 😋

Date of visit: August 2019
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We did not have children. The place was good for kids. They will love it, there is a lot to take in. There were plenty of families there. You can get small portions for kids. The staff there were very flexible with the menu.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5