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Los Feliz Restaurant with Opera Singers

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My father asked me to look into finding out the name of this restaurant. We are both intrigued and want to go but we have no idea what it is called, only where it is. Any information is appreciated.

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  1. Hope you don't mean Sarno's, which has been Vermont for five years or so. But there's another place with opera singers...an Italian place on Cahuenga? Hounds?

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      I believe that would be Miceli's.

    2. It used to be an Italian restaurant (something like "cafe d'opera") in the space where Vermont is now..the opera singers were great, people from the neighborhood & the owner..but it's no more! In the old Sarno's Bldg.

      1. That was the old Sarno's Restaurant, Alberto Sarno was the singer and ran the place, Dinos his brother was the baker and ran the bakery, oh how I miss there cannoli. Dinno's daughter Angela and her husband have a little cafe across the street, great food and a nice place to enjoy a cappucino and sandwich. I was going to Sarno's for 35 years before they closed. They came from Chicago and I believe that there still is a Sarno's Bakery there.

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        1. re: Burger Boy

          Someone was murdered right before the place went out of business. Do you recall the story?

          1. re: Grog

            Alberto was followed home and robbed and murdered.

            1. re: Grog

              The owner, Alberto Sarno, was murdered. He was an old friend but I lost contact when I moved out of the area. I returned for Chistmas that year to come across the headlines discussing his murder.

              It was a great place...and a great idea for a restaurant.

            2. re: Burger Boy
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              Andrew James Selvaggio Sr.

              My father Jimmy was owner of Sarnos Pastry Shop in Chicago which was formaly owned by Andrea Salera. He purchased the bakery from Sarnos. This is the one near Our Lady of Pompaii School. It was torn down for Circle Campus

            3. Could it be La Strada (?) restaurant just across from the Tam 'O Shanter restaurant at 3000 Los Feliz? I've never been there but I do believe they advertise sining waiters/waitresses.

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                Steve Doggie-Dogg

                It's definitely La Strada across from Tam O'Shanter. My folks used to go there all the time in the 80s.

                See ya
                Steve

                Link: http://www.hotdogspot.blogspot.com

                1. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

                  No, not La Strad, it was Sarno's cafe Delle Opera. Pavorotti once sang there. My hood for 25 years, stand down.

                  1. re: Burger Boy

                    But was Sarno's on Los Feliz?

                    1. re: Neta

                      Sarno's is where the restaurant vermont is now located on Vermont, just north of Prospect and that Starbucks. Not sure that their name is still not on the south wall of the building.

                      1. re: carter

                        it is. it serves as a reminder for all of us who still pine for sarno's...

                2. re: nETA

                  Haven't been there in years, but they (at least used to) have a lot of light opera, with a small stage and occasional costumed scenes from great operas. I haven't seen big crowds there lately. Someone told me that it has become a Salsa club with bands on the weekends instead of Arias, so I would call first ((323) 664-2955). Don't go for the food; sit near the front.

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                  Steve Doggie-Dogg

                  I asked a friend of mine over in Silverlake. La Strada on Los Feliz no longer has opera singers. It's a Salsa dance club now. Last Friday night I was at Vitellos in Sherman Oaks, and they had singing in the back room... not all opera... some show tunes too. Your father might like it.

                  See ya
                  Steve

                  Link: http://www.hotdogspot.blogspot.com

                  1. I don't remember the name, but it's across the street from Tam O'Shanter on Los Feliz Blvd. -- accross the street from the big Cost Co shopping center.

                    1. I worked for Mr & Mrs (Umberto & Francesca) Sarno, then Dino Sarno for 3 years while I was in High School in the mid-70's... Alberto was trained in Italy as an opera singer and ran the Cafe del Opera at 1714 N Vermont Ave, the bakery was connected and was at 1712 N Vermont. This is one block up from Hollywood Blvd, about 2 doors up from Prospect. The neon sign for the business is still on top of the building.

                      Al's Opera buddies used to drop in for Vino and or a cappucino or food and to sing a solo with their cronies.

                      The restaurant closed down around 1980 or so when Al was murdered.