Check out Everett Coast!!! They recently opened for Air Supply at theatre at Westbury! Hurry up and catch them this Friday at Antonio’s. We have scheduled an Evening of Dinner & Music, August 26th from 7-10 with the now world famous Everett Coast. Hope to see you there!
I wanted to highlight some very positive feedback we’ve received recently, and say thank you. We hear you, we listen to all comments (good and not-so-good) sincerely. We always learn from constructive criticism and continually look for opportunities to improve the Antonio’s experience. Today though,I want to focus on some reviews that warmed our hearts! Thank you and happy holidays from your extended family at Antonio’s.
“I know I’m going to sound like a broken record but we had another party at Antonio’s and it was amazing. I threw a surprise 60th birthday party for my hubby. Again, Alex made it happen. She is the best. We had about 50 people. There was pizzas, salads, meatballs, and PastaRosa and pasta. Our friends could not get over how delicious the food was, how wonderful we were all treated, and of course the quantity of food was overwhelming! I love throwing parties, and Alex has made it so easy I’m spoiled now. Thank you so much to the entire staff at Antonio’s for making me look like a great hostess! You guys are the BEST!!!!!” -Stacy D
“My company used Antonio’s for a super large catering order and we could not be happier! Alex was very responsive and very good about working with our budget and specific dietary needs. Antonio’s made sure we had everything we needed and we would have enough food for our attendees. The delivery was on time and the food was delicious! What more could we ask for? Thanks so much!” -Brianna C
“On a regular basis I dream about their pasta rosa!!! Best pink sauce pasta I’ve tried thus far! For real!!!! Like when its over, Im sad…very sad. The pizza is really good!! I love both so much I haven’t ventured out to more of the menu.
sidenote: I’ve had multiple large grouped parties here and they have always been excellent at accommodating! The food quality never changed and neither did the service. Love you Antonios. You never disappoint!!!” -Kat B
“Another great party at Antonio’s. We celebrated my daughter’s birthday with 25 guests. There was so much food so much wine and so much fun! Alex is an amazing hostess and Jose is the best waiter. Our guests were thrilled with the way they were treated. It’s almost like being in someone’s home the way they are so hospitable. I love this place!” -Judy L
“We held our daughter’s wedding rehearsal dinner here. We had prearranged with Alex for 30 people. We preset the menu with Alex’s help. Surprise come the night of the rehearsal we end up with almost 40 people. Alex takes it all in stride and just keeps adding tables and bringing more food! Our guests were delighted with the service from Jose, as well as Alex and the two adorable young girls working there. Nobody could want for anything. No matter what anybody asked for, it was there. We had salads, garlic bread, pasta, meatballs and pizza. There was plenty of food. When several guests arrived late, Alex just started the service over for them. I totally recommend this place for dinner or a party. Alex is willing to work with your budget to come up with a menu to suit your needs. She has great suggestions for the best menu items for a party. I will say, have the MEATBALLS! The next night at the wedding several of our guests asked if we had gotten the meatballs for the wedding dinner!! As good as everything is at Antonio’s, the meatballs are the best thing I have ever tasted! Alex we feel like part of the family! Thank you all for an amazing time.” – Susan M.
The Los Angeles Beat included Antonio’s in its list of “The Oldest Surviving Los Angeles Restaurants.” It is a list that includes many of the most iconic family-run businesses in our city.
I love being part of this list. It’s true that it’s hard to keep the small places afloat. The ones that made it this long are special.
From a personal standpoint, I know the struggles we face not having a corporation behind us to be our safety net through the hard times. Independent restaurants also don’t have the same leverage over suppliers that chain restaurants have. This impacts budgets, making it harder to compete on price alone. That is why we take quality of food and service so seriously, because that is what it takes to make a list like this.
When given the choice, I will always visit the “Mom & Pop” place, for the experience and authenticity. Check out the article, and please support all of these wonderful places right here in our city!
We’ve been around for a long time, so it’s a no brainer for me to want to help out anyone with some History!
Antonio’s is proud to support the Valley Times historic conservation effort “Valley Times Days” by Photo Friends in their effort to digitize the Valley Times photos!
By dining at Antonio’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant on Friday December 12th and Saturday December 13th, we will donate a portion of the profits for each participating customer. To kick things off we are going to be catering their grand opening reception featuring their photo collection “The Valley Times” on Thursday December 11th at Council District 4 Field Office in Sherman oaks. Grab one of these cards and come in for Lunch or Dinner, present it to your server and enjoy some delicious food and feel great that you have become part of preserving history in 2 ways, their history since 1946 and ours since 1957 🙂
To get more info in their collection and their efforts to maintain history by picture visit them at www.valleytimes.org.
If you want to search for pictures check this out http://photos.lapl.org/carlweb/jsp/photosearch_pageADV.jsp
THEN AND NOW
Do you ever find yourself driving by a place that’s been there forever and being happy it’s still there, even though you never visit it. It seems to give you some security in knowing that in this ever changing world, some things stay the same and all is good in the world.
Driving down Ventura Blvd. I look at the places that give me a sense of comfort due to their longevity. Antonio’s Pizzeria (since 1957), Mel’s, Casa Vega, Baxter Northup Music Co., House of Billiards, just to name a few. I find myself wondering, “If they make me feel at ease, why don’t I visit them?” I realize that going back to a place has a lot to do with your experience there the first time you go in, but what makes me not go in, in the first place! I get new customers every day (thank you, and thank goodness) and every time I get to chatting with them they let me know that they have been driving by for years and didn’t know why they never stopped until now. I’m thinking if I had the answer to this question I would be all set! However, I realize that it’s not just one answer, everyone is different.
So for now, I’ll just have to keep asking what made them walk in today and be happy that “my boot” may provide some security to the masses walking or driving by.
This month is breast-cancer awareness month, but to me & my family it’s just Cancer awareness month.
My aunt died of breast cancer, I was still a teenager then, and because my parents did a great job and making us feel secure about “nothing bad ever happening to us” I really didn’t know what to make of it, certainly didn’t think it was going to affect my family.
My cousin was 11 when she lost her mom and I think that was really the first time that I realized that, as good as my parents were in making me feel secure, there are things out there that are going to get you. I was in my late teens and i couldn’t imagine what she was going threw, until I could….
In the early 90’s my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, something she would’ve known she had if she believed in going to doctors. Being from a family of immigrants paying for doctors was a luxury and so was insurance. Yep, she didn’t have insurance. Thanks to my awesome gynecologist she was admitted to the Gilda Radner foundation and was able to get her radical hysterectomy with minimal cost. She continued for six months of chemotherapy and actually beat it so although my cousin and I have something in common I got to keep my mama a little longer. I wasn’t 11 though, so I still can’t imagine what she felt like. Around the same time, my best friends mom (my second mom) got Colon Cancer and passed away. So cancer is no longer a stranger to me!
Me, my cousin and my BFF, Aline, learned that seeing the doctor and being aware of things that could happen is a good thing. Lesson learned by the kids, “health doesn’t come naturally, you have to work at it”. We all 3 get checked for our respective cancers and are very pleased to help raise money, either by sending cash, doing marathons, walks or whatever.
This month, Antonio’s is donating 20% of sales from anyone mentioning “pink ribbon” during dinner, to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Come in and say hi.
There are different ways to look at home cooked.
You can say, anything you cook at home is home cooked, regardless of whether you’re actually cooking or microwaving a ready-made meal. You can say that cooking a piece of fish or meat with your own seasoning is home cooked, even if you buy store made potato salad or mango salsa to put on your fish, or even spuds to make instant mashed potatoes.
In my house, home cooked was “no outside help” My Mom & Nonna made the best homemade (from scratch) risotto, pasta, gnocchi, sauce, meatballs, pizza, OMG i can go on for days……… They were old school.
Who can afford to take a whole family out to dinner? I can hear my mom now, “I can make that at home” anytime we went to McDonald’s, KFC, H.Salt fish & chips, Burger King or whatever chain restaurant was all the rage at the time. The thing is, that those things were not home made, so even though she could make them at home, they never tasted the same, and as a kid, give me the added sugar. Isn’t that what makes the kids love that food?
Now, when I go out to dinner, I always crave homemade. I don’t look for chain restaurants, they really don’t make things from scratch. Yes, they may fry a patty or grill a fish to order, put chances are the fixings, sauces, dressings and 75% of everything else comes from the factory. It will lose freshness in the transition.
I always wanted a Mom & Pop style restaurant, because here we have the chance to control our freshness and uniqueness. You know it’s being made from scratch, when the same dish has a uniqueness every time, there is no measuring the stuff, the chef knows by sight or feel how much to use! The great thing is that it will always taste authentic and good. Every restaurant starts that way, but it always changes when they make it big (go corporate).
My brother and I were entrusted with the Antonio’s tradition, which we are proud to carry on to this day. We want to thank Antonio Micelli for his trust, and for giving us the opportunity to provide an authentic experience.
“3 must have components of great pizza”
Pizza is not really that complicated, but there is an art to it.
My mom was a cook, she made the dough from scratch, the sauce from scratch and grated the mozzarella from a block. We had to stop buying pizza out, because simply put, we wanted the real thing! Cookie cutter pizza is cheap for a reason, yuk! We never minded paying for good pizza, but we just couldn’t find it. So thank goodness mom rolled up her sleeves and took over. You think this took all day, but no, she was a pro at it. She made the dough in the morning (15 min.) to give it time to rise (waiting for the dough was the most time consuming, that’s why she made extra for the week). When the dough was ready it took her no more than 15 min. Or you can do it the other way in the same amount of time and have a lesser tasting pizza.
THE OTHER WAY: Buy pre-made dough, sauce in a can, a bag of cheese, and whatever toppings you prefer and abracadabra (10-15 minutes out of the oven) dinner is served (you can brag that you made pizza). If you don’t want to brag or show sweat on your brow, you can just pop one in the oven from the freezer section and tah dah!
Mom’s Philosophy: “3 must have components of great pizza”
Fresh dough is better than frozen. Dah! But hand-tossed fresh dough is the best, why? Because, tossing the dough will give it a unique texture and flavor that can be impossible to achieve when rolling it out. It’s light and soft, and is both more tender and crisper. It takes away the cookie cutter mentality and gives each pie authenticity and personality! It’s the gentlest way to form your crust and keeps the moisture in it. Machine presses tend to dry out the dough. It’s no wonder all the pizza chains are promoting their new hand tossed pizza.
I’m still amazed that people use the same sauce on pizza that they use on spaghetti. People, this is not okay! The ingredients on a great pizza sauce are not the same as the ones in a great marinara sauce. You don’t want your pizza to taste like spaghetti or visa versa.
A good cheese will have just the right amount of oil to allow it to melt evenly on the pie and create a rich gooey blanket. Every bite of pizza should have melty cheese that stretches away from the slice. Biting into the cheese and having the whole thing come away like a giant scab is not ok! A pizzeria has to be committed to a good pizza if they understand this. Cutting cost always start with the cheese (because good cheese is expensive). Not doing this shows a commitment to the art, not the wallet.
These 3 components are crucial in the making a great pie. They all have to be present for perfection in the imperfection that makes an authentic pie every time. Art, enough said.
In our Quest to provide some great entertainment to go along with our great food we decided that Comedy may be a great way to go.
So far, Music nights are going great! We’ve given away pizzas to those daring souls that guessed the King scores during the Stanly Cup Playoffs #GoKingsGo.
We brought in Time Warner to show the Dodger games and are giving away dogers tickets, (more info here: antoniospizzeria57.com/dodgers) to a Friday night match up with the Padres in July, (great seats , LG 126 row G seat 1&2, and don’t forget the Fireworks). And along with the Dodgers you must know we always have the games on. Right now we’re having a blast with World Cup Soccer, Go USA!! but also Italy & Argentina, let’s not get it twisted….
That being said here is the line up we’re presenting for our first comedy night. Sunday July 27th @ 8 pm. FYI, It is rated R.
Wont you join us 🙂 make your reservation by calling 818-788-1103
Summer time is near, well I think, I mean the way the weather has been acting who really knows. Nevertheless, for us in the Italian food business were used to hearing “It’s too hot for italian food” and it becomes a challenge for us to prove to you it’s not so.
It’s our responsibility to show you that it’s not too hot for Italian by providing some great summertime options. The biggest culprit is pasta, because pizza is a year round option, and so are salads.
That being said, we decided that using spirtal zuccini as a substitute to noodles is a great alternative. You can use pesto, garlic & oil or pomodoro all light choices. You can add chicken, shrimp, clams or salmon to get your light protein option. Choice of Vegetarian, Vegan or not, but definitely Gluten Free.
So this Summer when you find yourself thinking It’s too hot to come visit us at Antonio’s, Check out these pictures and give it a try. After all, it’s not just about the noodle It’s also about the sauce 🙂
Don’t forget we also have Salmon & Halibut!