Naturally, as someone who aspires to be a fair restaurant critic, I don't like removing reviews. But I'm going to take down the Fritzie's review I excerpted here and explain what happened. The publisher of the Los Feliz Ledger is one of the few small newspaper owners anywhere who is brave enough to run both positive and not-so-positive reviews. But publishing a neighborhood newspaper is a delicate balancing act, and not surprisingly, the owners of Fritzie's were not pleased with my largely negative review. I stand by my review. It's in print, so pick up a Los Feliz Ledger if you want to check it out. I think the first two sentences of my post pretty much summed it up, anyway, so I'll leave it at that.
"I hold Italian restaurants to fairly high standards, because they're usually not cheap. Fritzie's (formerly Da Giannino) was no exception -- too expensive for what amounts to pedestrian Italian food stuck in the 1980s."
I'm not out to ruin anyone's business -- I just think it's a shame that some restaurants aren't trying as hard as we wish they were.
OK, let's move on. Clearly the blog and the Ledger are two different things and from now on I'll keep that in mind. We've got one positive comment, one not-so, and I think I'll leave it at that.