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“They tried”
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Ranked #225 of 314 Restaurants in Culver City
Cuisines: Italian
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Santa Monica, CA
Level 6 Contributor
185 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“They tried”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Good bottle of Pinot Grigio.......Wines are relatively expensive. Meal using a certificate was a good value. Servers were very pleasant. Rolls poor, salads average, Chicken Milanaise and Pizza were not great. Spumoni and cheese cake were sub par. Two good musicians played during dinner, but it was difficult to converse. Atmosphere convivial.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Love vacation time
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English first
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Ok, tried to rip us off”
Reviewed September 6, 2011

Tried to add 3 additional drinks to our bill, however, it was addressed immediately once we pointed out theor "error". Food was Ok. Pizza was huge, easily sufficient for 2 people.

  • Visited September 2011
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1 Thank tjniloc
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La Verne, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Also named "Polentoni" Hard to find but totally worth it!”
Reviewed August 16, 2011

The challenge in finding the restaurant is largely because there's another name connected to the restaurant - "Polentoni". My husband actually walked into the restaurant to ask if they knew where Roberto's restaurant was. Imagine his surprise when hearing the answer: "I'm Roberto! Welcome to my restaurant!" That's right, we were greeted at the door by the owner/chef! And the night just kept getting better!
Our first surprise came with the wine selection, which is mostly Italian wines, which we're not that familiar with. We asked our waiter for a recommendation and it was fabulous! Cost- $30 for the bottle which is not that expensive. The wine was great! We ordered another bottle, which was equally delectable! Turns out, our waiter, Roberto's son, is a wine importer (www.theitalianwinetrader.com).
On to the food. Where do I begin? We had a hot appetizer of Spinach with Lemon which was out of this world! Cooked perfectly, fresh & delicious. Our main courses were great too. My dish was my least favorite but I substitued one pasta for another and I think that changed the dish for the worse. The 3 other dishes were really good - each on different & unique. I don't remember what they were though :(
I will say - don't be in a hurry when going. It's a family run restaurant. The night we were there, the owners family/friends were also there having a meal. That was a great feeling- to dine with them like that. Take your time & enjoy the experience! Mangia!

  • Visited August 2011
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3 Thank Lynnwein
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