My sister and her husband took me to La Vecchia Cucina for the 5 pm to 7 pm Happy Hour at the bar on a Tuesday which they said was the one day of the week for special 5 dollar glasses of wine and 5 dollar sampler plates of many of the items on their menu. The website lists Happy Hours, Monday to Saturday in one place on the website and Monday to Friday on another. I can swear to the Tuesday Happy Hour. We arrived at 5 minutes to 5 and took 5 of the seats at the bar - 2 of my sister's friends joined us. So, lots of 5's in this review already and the restaurant deserves a 5 review as well.
The bread and wine were excellent, as were the calamari, a tricolore salad, an eggplant dish, a pasta and a small pizza. This was definitely a good way to sample a number of dishes and to appreciate the flavorful way everything was prepared. The Happy Hour is definitely a bargain if you are in Santa Monica and looking for an early dinner.
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