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Apr 30, 2010 01:40 PM

Anna's in WLA to Close (not that most of you will care)

Yes, the food was probably never cutting edge. Yes the interior needed updating for the last 20 years. But we've been going here for the last 27 years and now, at the end of June they will be no more. The best waiter in Los Angeles, Jose (34 years of working lunch and dinner here) will soon be looking for a new job. One of the best house salad dressings I've ever had (Italian vinaigrette AND bleu cheese) will be just another foot note in the history of LA food. Their wonderful garlic bread will never grace my palate again in a couple of months. I'll miss their sausage and green peppers and the "Yaneeze" pizza with the bleu cheese, parmesean cheese, provolone and onions. Jose made a mean Kamikaze and a Long island Iced Tea that would leave you reeling.

Farewell, Anna's. We'll be back a few more times before the end. I just wish it hadn't come so soon...

Anna's Italian Restaurant
10929 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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  1. I care!

    This breaks my heart...

    1. I felt the same way when Tia Juana closed =(

      1. In 1988, this is where we chose to introduce my parents (worldly, grew up in London, live outside of NY) to my future in-laws (grew up on farms in the cornbelt--and had never traveled beyond LA and SF). Dinner was a complete success. Something, if I recall correctly, arrived in a plastic bag full of steam that was punctured at the table. It was fun, it was a little fancy, but not at all intimidating.

        1. Never had a bad meal here. We're not Italo-philes by any means, but the service was always great (I'm guessing Jose set the tone here), the pastas and pizzas were always delicious, the bread basket was always full, and my iced tea never hit bottom. They seem to always have some great desserts here as well. Forgive me for asking, but did they say why there were closing?

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          1. re: bulavinaka

            Lease is up and business for restaurants has been bad for quite sometime. Some new food place (they didn't know anything about the concept) will be going in. I saw the name on a paper in the front window for the new ABC license but can't recall what it was right now.

            1. re: Servorg

              The new place will be called The Welles Bourne.
              Not that that means anything to me, but it might to another poster.
              Any input?

          2. I'm sad to hear this as well.