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Does Anyone Know Why Nicolosi's in Encino is closing?

Jodie Jan 3, 2009 10:23 PM

I'm devastated!

  1. Das Ubergeek Jan 7, 2009 08:49 AM

    Phooey! I keep hoping for a nice kosher sit-down place in the Valley where I can take a colleague (who keeps kosher) for special occasions.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek
      Kate is always hungry Jan 7, 2009 06:23 PM

      Have you noticed Hillel Cafe and Itzik Gadol Grill? They are opening on Ventura Blvd. in Encino. Hillel is between Zelzah and Newcastle and IGG is taking over the former Quincy's BBQ spot. I have no idea when they will open.

      1. re: Kate is always hungry
        westsidegal Aug 9, 2009 02:43 PM

        itzik gadol grill is not kosher, irrc

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      CallMeDing Jun 9, 2009 04:55 PM

      I'm devastated as well. I've been away from the valley now for six years. I just went into town last weekend and went straight to "Nicolosi;s" and couldn't believe that it was now a Bach lava Bakery! I will miss the seven layer cookie and my favorite ... Genevasi! (spelling?)

      If anyone knows how to reach Joey Nicolosi, please have him send me the receipt!
      Ginger ;-(

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      1. re: CallMeDing
        Das Ubergeek Jun 9, 2009 09:25 PM

        Genovese, and you can get them at Eagle Rock Italian Bakery.

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        BrianShaw Aug 7, 2009 02:27 PM

        I must be on the "late freight".. I just saw the new storefront today. I'm devestated also. Two of our favorite things from Nicolosi was Sfinge (on St. Joseph Day) and Zuppe Inglese (any other significant occasion). Where now... or do I have to start baking more at home?

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          deebarsa May 7, 2010 01:13 AM

          Nicolosi's used to make a napoleon cake with cream puffs around the top of it that was out of this world. Does anyone know where I can find something like that? I wanted to get one for my father's birthday because it's his favorite and just found out here that they closed. I am so upset!! Help!

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          1. re: deebarsa
            Jwsel May 7, 2010 08:19 AM

            Are you thinking of a St. Honore cake? It is a puff pastry bottom filled with cream and cream puffs on top? Here is wiki description: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Honor%C3%A9_Cake

            If that is what you're looking for, this thread mentioned Susina and Emil's as possible places that have them: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/416241

            I also see a St. Honore cake listed at Michel Richard on Robertson. http://www.maisonrichard.com/bakery_c...

            Susina Bakery & Cafe
            7122 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            Maison Richard Restaurant
            707 Stanley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

            Emil's Swiss Pastry
            11551 Santa Monica Blvd 90025, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            1. re: deebarsa
              HastaLaPasta May 7, 2010 10:33 AM

              deebarsa - I remember those! My aunt used to get them for my birthday and for other family member's birthdays from Nicolosi's. I was pretty much devastated when I heard Nicolosi's was closing for that same reason. I don't know anywhere else to get a Napoleon quite like that, with cream puffs and glaze on top. Desperately hoping someone else knows.

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