A short but comprehensive review of a random Italian restaurant in Los Angeles
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So her name was Sara. Well, actually her name still is Sara. She's alive and well and ready to go back to Italy after spending fourteen months in New York. I don't know why I'm telling you this but I am. This is going to be an unusual review for two very important reasons. One, I don't actually remember what I had for dinner when I ate at this restaurant and two, it's not exactly a review. More like a trip down memory lane. But whatever, let's go.
I feel like I should address the major issue at hand from the get-go. I'm a fake Italiano. I don't particularly like wine, I don't particularly enjoy pasta, I do like pineapple pizza and if I were given the option to have a free meal from an Irish pub in West Hollywood or a Michelin-starred restaurant in Beverly Hills, I'd always, always go for the pub. And I know because I've done it before.
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We met in Santa Monica. I was on holiday, she was attending UCLA with some sort of exchange programme, and because she's 100 % quintessentially Italian she told me she wanted to go to an Italian restaurant. I said "No" because I knew I wouldn't like it. Italian restaurants abroad are almost always terrible. She insisted and I still said no. Eventually she gave up and told me we could go wherever I wanted, as long as I let her pick the place. So in the end, alas, we did go to an Italian restaurant. And here it is, Maccheroni Republic in Downtown LA. Wonderful.
It's been a few years so I don't remember much. I seem to recall an outside dehor. I seem to remember marble table tops and wooden floor and wooden chairs. The food was a surprise. I remember thinking "wow, this is a surprise". I definitely remember I had to pay cash because I'd already maxed out my credit card. So yeah, Maccheroni Republic in Downtown LA on South Broadway. Lovely, lovely place. You should go there.
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In case you're wondering, Sara and I are still on good terms.