Longshot -- Downey Restaurant
Does anyone recall a small Italian restaurant that operated years ago in a Downey strip mall at the corner of Paramount and Stewart & Gray. The restaurant was annexed to an Italian market that, like the restaurant, is no longer there.
The young owner, Claudio, was recently from Florence and his chef, Nick I think, was from Naples.
They had great atmosphere and even better food (or perhaps it was the other way around).
I know this is a complete longshot but I've always wondered what happened to these guys -- I'm sure they moved on to bigger things and it would be great to hear what they're up to now.
That could be it but unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the restaurant or the market that it was attached to.
Sal's seems to ring a bell but it wasn't a bakery per se -- they mostly sold imported Italian foods and there was a deli, but they may have sold baked goods as well.
It was on the southwest side of the Stewart & Gray/Paramount intersection.
The restaurant was very small -- perhaps four or five tables. It was nothing fancy but the food and the atmosphere made it memorable.
Sal's was the owner of the original bakery at Florence and Paramount. Although it was called Sal's Bakery it was more than a bakery. It sold some imported items and had a deli counter as well.
Sal's son opened Buon Gusto - the place near Stewart & Gray and Paramount. It did have a small restaurant component in addition to the deli, imported foods and bakery.
I remember Sal decided to retire and closed his restaurant. Buon Gusto stayed open for awhile longer, but I don't know why they ended up closing. I was told the families still live in Downey.