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“Outstanding food, okay ambiance and attention to details”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Illuminato Italiano - CLOSED

Illuminato Italiano
Cuisines: Italian
Restaurant details
Los Angeles
Level Contributor
51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Outstanding food, okay ambiance and attention to details”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2011

Our family of four enjoyed an excellent dinner here for under $70. My wife and I both had a Caesar salad (crisp, fresh lettuce, servce on a nicely chilled plate) and I found the minestrone soup flavorful and filling. Our son had one of the best pepperoni pizzas we’ve tasted to date (except for some really good pizza we had in New York City a few years back). The crust was done to perfection and the sauce/cheese ratio was just about perfect. Our daughter enjoyed her fettuccine alfredo as well. In short, we were all very pleased with our food, which we can’t always say about every meal we eat out.

We were the only patrons in the restaurant at six o’clock on a Wednesday, which gave us time to be critical of a few things: the not-so-relaxing operatic music playing in the background, the rather flimsy silverware, the unironed white table cloths, and the mixture of cloth and paper napkins at each place setting. Also, if the restaurant is trying to project an elegant image, it should provide its servers with appropriate dress. While our server was very professional and courteous, her casual attire didn’t fit with the more upscale ambiance the restaurant seems to want to project.

Still, these were minor quibbles. Some negative reviews we had read on other on-line review sites had held our expectations in check, but clearly the owners have worked out most of the kinks in their operation that precipitated some negative reviews early on.

  • Visited July 2011
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