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Surely It Deserved More Than Two Stars

February 06, 2000

After reading the wonderful, glowing review of Trattoria Tre Venezie in Pasadena ("The Real Thing," by S. Irene Virbila, Jan. 9), I was dismayed at the accompanying rating of only two tiny stars.

Phrases such as "authentically Italian," "true, clean flavors" and "a dish I could eat again and again" do not come easily for Ms. Virbila, whose palate and knowledge I respect. So why only two stars ("very good")? It sounds like she had an absolutely fabulous meal, closer to "excellent," a rating of three stars.

Perhaps an explanation of the nuances between the stars would help your readers, as well as restaurant owners, myself included.

Richard Hankus

Hermosa Beach

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