8 1/2 Taverna


In this town, if you name your restaurant after a Fellini film, you’d better be prepared to deliver. We appreciate the authentic Neapolitan charm of chef Enzo Sanseverino, but the menu at this casual Italian café could use the touch of a fine director. Our farro salad and starter of fried frog legs with lemon aioli lacked seasoning. The marinara sauce on the gnocchi did little justice to the tomato season’s peak. Pizzas are a high point, with lovely medium-thick crusts and rich topping combinations like smoked mozzarella with braised pork and sweet corn with potatoes and béchamel. We get it—this is a neighborhood spot, so the wraparound patio, more than a dozen wines by the glass, and an ambitious beer list earn the place extra credit. » 11334 Moorpark St., Studio City (818-308-1100 or 8andahalf.com). L-D daily. Beer and wine. Italian     $$

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