Wednesday, April 01, 2020


This is a repeat of a blog post from 2009. Oh, how the street scene has changed!

Signs on Sepulveda, Culver City
Larry and I had to run an errand over on the Westside last night, so we stopped in at Villa Italia for dinner. It's on Sepulveda, between Venice and Washington, just south of the entrance to the 405 Freeway, in Culver City. This has always been a busy commercial strip of Sepulveda Blvd., even before the 405 Freeway was built. The street is crazy with signs to catch your eye while speeding along. There's lots of cool 40's, 50's and 60's architecture and neon on this street too if you really look beneath the signs.

Villa Italia has been there forever. I was introduced to the place in the early 1970's.
The pizza is deep-dish, baked in rectangular pans. We had the meatball, mushroom and green onion pizza along with a very nice Italian dinner salad. It was rich with mozzarella, but delicious.
This family-owned restaurant changed management awhile back, but the friendly atmosphere and good service is still there. Anyplace that has a map of Italy on their placemats is OK by me!
They cleaned up the restaurant paint, new fixtures, new flooring. The best part....there's a FREE parking lot! Villa Italian is popular for family birthday parties. Even on a cloudy Wednesday night there was a celebration, accompanied by spumoni cake!

ADDENDUM: Wow! What a difference 11 years makes. Villa Italia is gone, replaced by a barbecue restaurant. I really miss this down-home restaurant. They call this progress.

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