Angelini Osteria celebrates its first 20 years

Gino and Elizabeth Angelini opened their restaurant in West Hollywood 20 years ago. The couple developed the Angelini Restaurant Group which includes the casual Angelini Osteria and its loyal following, Angelini Alimentari, a catering arm and Gino Angelini Authentic Artisanal sauces.

Angelini Osteria Restaurant / opentable.com

The famous Los Angeles chefs who worked in Gino’s kitchen are : Ori Menashe of Bestia/Bavel and Ezio Pucconi of Amici. Nicola Mastronardi from Vincenti was his sous chef in Italy.

It was only a few weeks after the September 11th attacks when the restaurant opened.

Gino remembers:

“We were scared but still felt lucky when we opened. We were so much luckier than the people in those buildings in New York.”

Elizabeth adds:

“After 9/11, it was so uncomfortable for anyone to celebrate, you couldn’t even think along those lines. Being a neighborhood spot, people felt comfortable coming in and I think that’s what helped us as well as being casual, which was a newer concept at the time in Los Angeles. Our model was to bring down the atmosphere but keep up the quality. Regulars called and swore they wouldn’t allow anyone to destroy one more thing. And now with the pandemic, the Los Angeles community has gone the extra mile to support restaurants. We are getting so much love and support from our regulars.”

Signature items include grilled Colorado lamb chops, fried burrata with chopped tomato “Checca,” and balsamic vinegar as well as the Cavatelli pasta with lobster, peas saffron and tomatoes. Also, a wide variety of paninis and pizzas. If you need something sweet after all these amazing dishes, we recommend gelato and tiramisu lady fingers.

Lamb Chops / opentable.com

Elizabeth explains their success:

“Necessity is the mother of invention. After Osteria, we started another business five years ago that focused on casual and takeout, so we were fortunate to have those platforms in place which makes us blessed under these circumstances.”

Gino and Elizabeth say their big love makes it all easier:

“Aside from husband and wife disagreements, we have never had a business disagreement. We stay out of each other’s way.”

Gino and Elizabeth Angelini by Jenny Smith & Co

On Thursday, April 29, the Osteria will contribute meals to the LA Family Housing Home Together virtual fundraiser.

“Our team has been so brave and our clients so supportive,” says Elizabeth. “Now there’s a kind of renaissance going on. We’re busier than ever, it’s like the roaring ‘20s. Surviving has only made us stronger and we will keep evolving.”

Hours:

  • Monday 11:30AM–9:30PM
  • Tuesday 11:30AM–9:30PM
  • Wednesday 11:30AM–9:30PM
  • Thursday 11:30AM–9:30PM
  • Friday 11:30AM–10:30PM
  • Saturday 11AM–10:30PM
  • Sunday 11AM–9:30PM

Phone: +13232970070

Location:

Source: laweekly.com

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