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Mar 26, 2007 09:19 AM

Albanos Closed? Studio City

Went to order there last night, and their Studio City branch is closed. Anyone know what happened?

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    1. Believe Albano's closed due to the acquisition of the property and development of the Romanov restaurant upstairs which is now including some of the downstairs space.
      Besides, even if they had stayed open, would you recognize a pizza place in that ugly garlic bulb building?!

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      1. re: carter

        Just after I find a decent pizza delivery spot they close, now where when I want a good pizza delivered, someone said try Marie's Italian Kitchen? Over the weekend I enjoyed a terrific pizza at Spumoni's yet already learned to never get their pizza delivered, its like night & day, simply not the same.

        1. re: Hypnotic23

          How about Reno's? And yeah, ugly garlic bulb restaurant upstairs must have killed them.

          1. re: Hypnotic23

            Stuart -
            The problem with so many pizza and Chinese food delivery options are that when the food is ready to go, the driver may not be, nor may your stop be the first one of who knows how many. By the time you get it, well....!
            To me, the only way to try either is to eat on premises, leaving the convenience factor for another discussion.

            1. re: Hypnotic23

              Reno's... definitely. excellent pizza, and other Italian dishes. quick delivery, and reasonably priced. Highly recommend their Chicken Alfredo pizza!

              Quickie's is another alternative. ( corner of Moorpark & Laurel Cyn. )

            2. re: carter

              Don't forget - you can go to ALBANO'S ORIGINAL LOCATION on MELROSE near the Groundlings theater... Same exact pizza, same owners...

            3. Unfortunate, I didn't know. Try Pagliaccis or D'Amore's - both good thin crust style

              1. I called their Melrose location and the guy said that they'll be reopening in a few months at Laurel Canyon and Moorpark. Hope that's true.

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                1. re: lad1818

                  I wonder if they took the former flower shop on the NW corner, or whether they'll be in that minimall on the SE corner with the zero parking.

                2. I was bummed to find they were closed -- it had a nice, neighborhood feel. The design of the current building is simply awful and FUGLY to say the least. How that was allowed to be built with no connection to the surrounding area is mystifying. Now we have another "white elephant" structure to ponder over and scratch one's head. Where was the Studio City Councilwoman and Business Association on this? Antonio's in Sherman Oaks is another pizza place to try. I look forward to the new location in Studio City.

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                  1. re: chowchi1

                    Many of us local residents went to council hearings to protest the opening of this venue. A similar venue in WeHo with the same owner (I don't mean Republic) had a history of gang-related violent episodes. We failed to block its development. They maintained it is to be a classy Russian dining establishment "with dancing". It remains to be seen if Romanov's will devolve into a rowdy nightclub/strip joint.

                    1. re: chowchi1

                      I lived for years in Studio City and after all that folderol with the giant hand and the changeable message sign on the ReMAX building, I can't believe the SCRA didn't do something about the monument to bad taste that is that building. I still twitch every time I go past it -- but now that Albano's is gone I always drive past it, instead of going into it.

                      "Classy Russian dining establishment" -- one wonders whether they'll adhere to Russian menu-writing principles, in which you write down all the dishes that sound good to you, then serve two of them. This makes ordering in a restaurant an exercise in frustration:

                      "Botvinya?" [cold fish soup]
                      "Sevodnya u nas nyet." [Today we have none.]
                      "Solyanka?" [sour pickle soup]
                      "Marinovye gruby?" [marinated mushrooms]
                      "Pirozhok?" [meat pie]
                      "Khachapuri?" [cheese pie with egg]
                      "So what do you have?"
                      "Borsch and kotlyet." [beet soup and chicken cutlet]
                      "Well, bring me some borsch and kotlyet then, what are you waiting for?"

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        I prefer thick pizza yet enjoy thin if its NY. style not thin as in cracker thin yet where you can fold it in half style thin.

                        Which would you suggest for a Studio City/Noho/Sherman Oaks delivery

                        I never heard of Reno's and I heard Maria's Italian Kitchen isn't bad, haven't had Antonio's either.

                        I'm not a fan of Diamores (not sure of spelling) or Pagliano's

                        Thanks in advance,


                        1. re: Hypnotic23

                          Reno's is on Ventura at Tujunga at the end store in that L-shaped center on the south side of the street where Video West is on the other end. Been there seemingly forever.
                          Never tried though, nor any of the others mentioned as am not a fan of pizza.

                          1. re: Hypnotic23

                            Mazzarino's or Reno's. Reno's is at Ventura and Tujunga; Mazzarino's is at Riverside and Coldwater Canyon.