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That's how it goes: Comme Ca

January 30, 2008

Regarding the Jan. 16 review of Comme Ca by S. Irene Virbila ["Just 'Like That' -- This Place Is a Hit"]: Precisely what we need in Los Angeles -- another trendy, boisterous and fleeting restaurant, patronized by trendy, self-centered, rowdy patrons and operated by celebrity chefs who are de facto business entrepreneurs. The longevity of these kinds of restaurants is usually determined by the tenure of the chef-owner, which is usually short-termed, due to his/her entrepreneurial ventures. Consequently, a decline in cuisine followed by a decline in patronage and finally closure. Regardless of how good the food is, I prefer to dine in a relatively quiet atmosphere where I can actually comprehend what my dinner companion is saying. Therefore, I immensely enjoy my trips to Europe, where I can patronize my favorite restaurants year after year, greeted by the same owner with the same staff and the same good food.

Giuseppe Mirelli

Los Angeles

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