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Albano's Pizza on Melrose closed?

djmedi4 Jan 10, 2008 08:04 PM

Tried to order our standard pie, large with double cheese, heavy sauce, and crust well-done (picky bastards, are we) from our neighborhood favorite, Albano's on Melrose, to find the 323 934 2494 number disconnected, and the place dark and looking closed on a Thursday night.

Anyone hear of a closing, remodeling, etc? Vito's couldn't have done that much damage moving to La Cienega, could they?

Any help appreciated.

Happy New Year to all the 'hounds.

Bradley Burlingame

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  1. Ginger Baker RE: djmedi4 Jan 11, 2008 04:13 PM

    i made a post about this too and got no response. they havent been open since mid december so i guess its over. bummer. my favorite pizza in LA is gone.

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      wutzizname RE: Ginger Baker Jan 11, 2008 07:07 PM

      Per EaterLA, they were evicted back in early December. That's all I know.

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        Das Ubergeek RE: wutzizname Jan 11, 2008 10:04 PM

        That really sucks. They had good pizza. First the morons in the Russian restaurant with the painted garlic bulb decor in Studio City, now the business on Melrose.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek
          luv4quest RE: Das Ubergeek Feb 27, 2008 09:33 PM

          I was super dissapointed when they shut down the studio city location. Then they missed the San Gennaro festival - it was Ray's pizza or something generic like that - Then I tell my friend to call and order a pizza for delivery(she lives like 5 minutes away) and she says they are no longer there. I drive by and it is now Enzo's pizza.....

          I shed a tear

          1. re: Das Ubergeek
            albanosbackonmelrose RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 17, 2011 03:14 PM

            Back open 7261 Melrose

            1. re: albanosbackonmelrose
              Peripatetic RE: albanosbackonmelrose Jul 17, 2011 04:19 PM

              Open now?
              Same owner and staff as the original?

              Details, plz!

              1. re: Peripatetic
                albanosbackonmelrose RE: Peripatetic Jul 17, 2011 04:43 PM

                Open RIGHT NOW Same food, same Anthony Albano, same great pizza, felix and the boys. Some new backers... The sign goes up tomorrow, we did a soft open on Wednesday and will be open all the way through till the grand opening on the 1st.

                323 932 0907

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                  Peripatetic RE: albanosbackonmelrose Jul 17, 2011 09:41 PM

                  Thanks, good to know!

          2. re: wutzizname
            rftc2121 RE: wutzizname Jan 12, 2008 04:56 PM

            they had one of the few respectable pies in the city...and they were around the corner from my gfs. now i guess i'll have to venture to vitos...

        2. Ciao Bob RE: djmedi4 Jan 12, 2008 06:41 AM

          Vito's isn't too far away, and -- IMHO -- is far better.

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            sel RE: Ciao Bob Jan 12, 2008 11:18 AM

            I agree but while Vito was absent from L.A. both locations of Albano's were on my lads top 3 list and they offered a different experience, pizza and ambiance, that we will miss!

            1. re: sel
              Das Ubergeek RE: sel Jan 12, 2008 11:21 AM

              Agree wholeheartedly -- especially the one on Melrose, felt just like a bricked-in pizza parlor in Brooklyn. The taste wasn't 100% there but it was pretty darn close as long as you didn't overdo it on toppings.

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            blacksab67 RE: djmedi4 Jan 12, 2008 05:43 PM

            Swear to god... I saw Anthony from Albano's driving a catering truck onto the Paramount lot th' other day. (While I was picketing - sadly - but that's, uh, another story... obviously.)

            Maybe he started another business?

            1. Sklarman RE: djmedi4 Jan 14, 2008 09:22 AM

              It's a drive, but Joe's of Bleeker Street is at 111 Broadway in Santa Monica. IMO it's better than Vito's, and Albano's was never even playing in the league. Try it...

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                Eating Machine RE: djmedi4 Mar 20, 2008 08:40 PM

                I called today and the number still doesn't work. I was going to order from Damiano's but then decided to try Rocco's. I am bored waiting for the delivery guy. I should do situps to burn the calories in advance. But I won't.

                1. JackonCrack RE: djmedi4 Mar 21, 2008 07:24 PM

                  Robanos is the new "Albanos" and open in the old Sebastians location in Toluca Lake.

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                    sel RE: JackonCrack Mar 21, 2008 10:08 PM

                    Huh? Could you put down the pipe and elaborate?

                    1. re: sel
                      JackonCrack RE: sel Mar 21, 2008 10:57 PM

                      er...How else to put it? The guy who ran Albanos on Melrose has opened a new pizza place where the old Sebastians was in Toluca Lake. This is called Robanos. It's open for business, even though everything still says Sebastians. The pizza is still good.

                      1. re: JackonCrack
                        gremly girl RE: JackonCrack Mar 22, 2008 10:11 AM

                        That's great news! I'm not familiar with the location -- where in TL is it?

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                          carter RE: gremly girl Mar 22, 2008 10:54 AM

                          10057 Riverside Drive, in the former Sebastian's space.

                        2. re: JackonCrack
                          sel RE: JackonCrack Mar 22, 2008 12:13 PM

                          Thanks for clarifying!!!

                          1. re: sel
                            PeteyPie RE: sel Mar 26, 2008 04:30 PM

                            Why isn't it called Albano's??? i wonder?

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