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796 Main St. (Thornton Ave.) Send to Phone
310-399-9010 | Menu
Loaded with charm, this Venice hot-spot dishes up authentic high-end Italian cuisine.
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Ado Restaurant Review

: It would be difficult to miss Ado. In these days when even unpretentious eateries require a multimillion dollar architectural extravaganza, Ado inhabits a modest, charming and rare dining space in Venice --- a vintage 1908 wooden house painted canary yellow --- with an intimate upstairs room holding candlelit tables and an airy balcony patio perched over Main Street. A funky, fashionable crowd, good food and great service have made this Italian restaurant a Westside hot-spot. Plan to be greeted by the gregarious co-owner Paolo Cesaro, and then be attended to by the jovial and efficient waitstaff. Chef/co-owner Antonio Mure (formerly of Locanda Veneta and La Botte Ristorante) presides over the open kitchen, which dishes out rustic, high-end cuisine that reflects his natural Sicilian exuberance. His dishes --- at least the time spent to enjoy them --- are a remedy against melancholy. We were sent into rapture as we tasted the quail prosciutto with generously shaved black truffles. Quail (again!) is sautéed and served with porcini ragù and grilled polenta. The “Tartara di tonno,” tuna tartare, is sublime with blood oranges and caramelized balsamic. Main dishes might include daily specials such as branzino or veal chop, as well as traditional Italian game dishes like pheasant, rabbit or wild boar. If pasta is what brings you out for Italian, opt for the homemade red beets tagliolini with Marsala quail (quail again!) ragù resting on a bed of rich Taleggio cheese fondue, or the pappardelle al coniglio, porcini e prugne, homemade pasta served with a rabbit ragù, mushrooms and dried prunes. For dessert, save room for the sleek panna cotta or seasonal semifreddo. They serve a decent, affordable Prosecco and offer a nice selection of Italian wines. Altogether, a very pleasant Italian excursion.

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by on Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:31 am
More cramped than a sardine can. Waiters could barely move, which may partially explain the service - not just bad, none. Hotter than hell (restaurant has no A/C or ventilation and sits above the kitchen) and just as hard to get even a glass of water. Intolerably loud - I think my ears were bleeding by the end of the meal - and we skipped desert to end the torture. Insanely expensive; insufferable corkage policy; dark and depressing. AVOID!
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