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The oftentimes packed and loud dim lit bar is a signature West Hollywood haunt - a large bar with an adjoining old-world Italian dining room, styled with a handful of wooden tables covered in red checkered tablecloths. Some of Jones' favorites include prosciutto and arugula pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, and apple pie. The people-watching isn't too shabby either.
Design guru Charles Gladney introduced us to this quaint establishment about 12 years ago, back when he was known as "the meanest bartender in Hollywood." Rock music bounces off the brick walls, which are covered with glam photos of decades past, and every item on the menu is solid, though one could get stuffed on the table bread alone, quite possibly the greatest product of water and yeast ever produced by man. The delicious penne rigate disappeared from the menu some years ago, but there's yet to be an issue when such fancy has struck us since then. And the kitchen is open until 1:30am, which many times has saved the day for gentleman with varied and harried schedules, such as ourselves.
I seem to love places that are dark and have red booths. Throw in a red checkered table cloth and I'm even happier. I remember when this place opened many years ago and it was "the place" - and even though the scene has mellowed, it's still a good time. I'm recommending it for the bar atmosphere - there's always rocking tunes and stiff drinks and generally fun people watching - but if you're hungry, the kitchen stays open nice and late and you will be happy if you order the steamed artichoke, a pizza, and/or spaghetti & meatballs - as well as the tarte tatin, which comes sizzling hot in a cast iron pan.
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