If you’re looking for a low-key, relatively affordable dinner spot before a show at the Arclight or Palladium, this is an excellent option. An Italian spot on an extremely touristy part of Sunset Boulevard, Vino Bistro has a huge wine list and serves some great Italian small plates. If you sit at the bar, there’s a good chance the bartender will give you three or four different samples of wine “just because” before you pick one. For appetizers, focus on the taglieri (cheese and charcuterie) section, where you can choose six things for $12, or the whole list for $24. The cured beef carpaccio is salty and delicious, and the lobster gnocchi is going to have a measurable positive effect on your life.
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