Dinner tonight at a surprisingly good neighborhood Italian joint in Studio City/NoHo called Angelino Pizzeria with my family - they found it a couple weeks ago.
Minestrone - only got a bite, but considerably more complex and tasty than the usual one-note tomato flavor.
Pizza (Roma) - surprise highlight of the night - bright, fresh tomato sauce, good cheese, and really fresh, aromatic basil. Extremely thin crust, soft in the center, crunchy edges. Excellent!
Gnocchi (Pesto) - pesto itself was pretty average. Gnocchi were good - not amazing, but very respectable given expectations.
Cioppino - unfortunate miss. According to my family it was much better last time - so it might be good, but some consistency issues?
Dessert: Torta della Nonna - never had this before, but I thought it was pretty great. Fantastic contrast between the cool custard and warm pastry (and whatever was on top). It managed to avoid the usual trap with similar desserts being cloyingly sweet.
I’ll be coming back for the pizza for sure. No real reservations about experimenting with the rest of the pasta menu either - apparently their Cappelini Alla Checca is also supposed to be very good.