114 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040234.028382 -118.518729
Tuesday To Sunday From 06:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Pacific Palisades, West LA
Worst experience at this place!!!!! – I wish i read reviews before deciding to try out this restaurant! The food is crazy overpriced and the waiter pretends to misunderstand you and still charge you for the items. All the negative reviews you have read here is what I felt what happened tonight.This is the worst restaurant experience i have encountered in my life.
TREATED LIKE DIRT... – Having sworn off this restaurant for 2 years after being treated so poorly I stupidly made an attempt to reconcile!! Not only was the blatant celeb favoritism in high gear but our party was at a "tea table" for 2 and we had 5 people...Gwyneth Paltrow was seated comfortably at a table for 6 even though there were only 2 of them. The same was true of another hollywood type --large table with 2 people. Its so disgusting its hard to believe that they are so busy. After knocking chairs with persons on 2 sides, having wait staff (not waiters fault) slither through aisles and again knock our chairs its difficult to even comment on the food. If you want to be treated like dirt, go to Giorgios. Oddly, there is never any attempt to "mask" this favoritism...
Had Good Food Long Ago. I Haven't Been Back Anyway. – I last ate at Giorgio Baldi appx. six years ago, and my wife and I were also asked to leave (as others have written) before we were ready as "we need the table." Ha. I don't think they asked Stalone or James Caan, who were there that night, to leave before they were through. I sent a letter to Giorgio. No response. Next time (if I ever go back), I'll go Rocky and/or Sonny Corleone on them if they give me any trouble. They had some very good food when I was last there. My advice? Scream bloody murder at them and embarrass them while you're there if they give you any attitude, and see if they're just cowardly bullies. Or, just walk out without paying. Let 'em call the police. Anything to help them get the reputation they deserve known more around town. Maybe they'll learn a thing or two.
Awful experience....Stay away – The worst dining experience I have had in LA.
Brought my girlfriend who was dying to try the restaurant and the two of us were celebrating a small occassion.
Started out by asking for 2 glasses of champagne to start the evening. The server seem to misunderstand brought two small bottles and then scoffed at the fact that we didn't want both of them...
He then provided us with the specials...they sounded phenomenal. Hearing Italians paint pictures of the food they have to offer is quite enjoyable. However, when we finally opened the menu we saw that these "specials" were listed on the menu and not only that, they were above and beyond more expensive than anything else.
The restaurant was not busy, we had a 9 o'clock resveration and we wanted to enjoy our evening, relax with champagne, order a bottle of wine and take in the atmopshere which I must say is very romantic.
We were pushed to order and hovered over and when we finally wanted to just order a couple things before main courses again, scoffed at and told the chef would not allow that.
We took more time to go over the menu, and I must preface this by saying my girlfriend and I eat out 5x a week. We know what we are doing, we know food and know service. To be told the chef would not allow us to order a couple courses, just so we could enjoy our time there and gauge how hungry we might be after pastas, is a turn off.
We finally order and I ask for the Lamb. Let it be known the Lamb is 30$. Not pricey at all by that means but I didnt want steak and wasnt in the mood for veal chops. I was told when I ordered the lamb, "you don't want that, its just lamb, you should have the veal chops(42$). I said, that okay, I really want lamb tonight. He let it be.
After ordering and enjoying our first course, the couple next to us asked for the server because her fish was "bland" as she called it. She asked for the same sauce she got with the ravioli she had prior and no word of a lie the server responded with "you don't want that sauce with the fish. I will bring you something else." She said "no I want the same sauce I had with the ravioli, it was great. Again he said, "I will bring you something else, you don't want that sauce with the fish." She finally said "bring me whatever," as she was frustrated and obvioulsy not happy.
This place is overhyped and 240$ later for the two of us and I am heated. A phone call has already been made to the restaurant.
My advice, stay away.
STAY AWAY !!! WORST SERVICE IN MY LIFE. – I have been to many restaurants all over the world. This place, hands down, has the worst service possible. The waiters are rude, they act like you are speaking jibberish when you try and order, and God forbid you happen to not drink; you are then a second class citizen. I make good money, but it can be much better spent at a more intimate, friendly place with much better food.
My Favorite – This is the best Italian food in LA. Authentic and simple
Terrible service, food just okay – Our waiter was extremely rude, and was disdainful of our order. Although the appetizers arrived quickly, it was 90 minutes before our main courses arrived!! And this was only after my husband complained. Who knows how long it would have been otherwise. People around us were seated and left before we were served. And the food was not the caliber we expected, given the reputation of the restaurant. And everything was extremely overpriced, including the wine list. We will not return. There are far better Italian restaurants in the area with less attitude, better service, and much better food.
Price steep - Food ok - Service ok – I went there with my girl-friend on a Thursday evening. The service was with attitude but ok. If you ask for tap water be prepared to receive some of that attitude. The insalata mista was ok, the prosciutto with fresh figs was very good, the ravioli with asparagus were tasty, but I counted about 12 tiny ravioli on my plate for $18, and last but not least, the tortelli di zucca were drowning in oil - good thing that the portions at this restaurant are miniature in general.
The food is too expensive for its taste and quality and the attitude is too much for anyone not on Prozac.
We don't plan on going there again.
OMG The Worst Place Ever – Pretty much that is all that needs to be said about this place. I was taken there a year ago by a famous friend and the owners daughter was all smiles and seated us right away. The service was attentive and the food was so so. Cut to a year later and go again (I am not famous) taking a few friends from out of town. The treatment I received could not have been more different. The owners daughter is still at the door and she was so rude my friends wanted to leave. We waited an hour for our table with a reservation. Then the waiter was pushing costly wine on us and when we didn't go for it the service went down hill. The food took forever to come out. When they delivered our dessert the check came with it. Right after that we were pushed out the door. I was so humiliated that I wanted to say something to the owner Giorgio, but he looked too busy, and not in the kitchen. He was sitting at a table, flirting, with let's just say what looked to be working girls. I guess you need to be either famous or of a questionable profession just to be served average at best food within a timely manner. Never again.
Are You Kidding? – I'm really surprised by some of the positive reviews about this place. The food is nothing but a little above average but the service makes this the absolute worst place to have a good time. I had dinner here the other night and couldn't believe how rude everyone in this place was. They run a restaurant obviously for their 'friends and relatives' because they treat everyone else like they're doing you a favor. My food came 40 minutes after I ordered it and was cold! My complaints were practically laughed at. I tried this place because it was convenient to where I moved recently and will not be going back. It's totally unbelievable to read some of these positive reviews. It was like they were talking about a completely different restaurant. And the prices are a joke. I make good money but you absolutely are throwing it away here. Try someplace else that cares about their customers.
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