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Eatalian - new and exciting Italian in the South Bay

While perusing the LA Times, I came upon a review for a new Italian place in Gardena's industrial section. The review made me skeptical, but thought I would take a look.

Located just east of the 110 Frwy just off Redondo Beach Blvd, it's in an industrial warehouse building. The inside is spacious and very clean with lots of windows which enable you to watch them make mozarella cheese, gelatos, bread and pastries. Next to those rooms is a bar behind which they make their Neapolitan pizzas and various pasta dishes.

I tried their gelato sandwich, which was really a sandwich. Hazelnut gelato inside a roll, not a cookie. Delicious.

The staff the was very friendly; I was offered a variety of breads with olive oil while waiting for my pizza to go. I ordered the "Rock" which has spicy salami, blue cheese, spinach and bacon.

The pizzas are thin but not as crispy as I would like. not quite up to par with Antica, and the ingredients are a bit sparse. Still it was good.

As they are a brand new place, I will come back and try it again, maybe to try the pastas along with the pizza, and desserts.

If you in the area, Eatalian Cafe is definitely worth a look. They open for dinner Thursday, June 10th.

The pizza may not be Antica, the gelato may not be Bulgarini, but it's a one stop restaurant serving all the best things Italian.

Looking forward to what others have to say.

Eatalian Cafe
15500 S. Broadway St.
Gardena, CA 90248
310-532-8880

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  1. Sounds nice. I, too, was very curious (and skeptical) about this after seeing the review in the LA Times. Thanks for the initial report and news on dinner.

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    1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

      Just marveling at all the equipment behind the glass, whether it be the Mozzarella cheese makers (when they get up and running), the gelato makers, or the bakery, was totally worth the "price of admission".

      I haven't gotten into the swing of taking pictures for posting, but in this case, a picture is worth a thousand words to describe the place.

      I will go back soon and report.

      1. Thanks for the review, and for the notice that they start opening for dinner tomorrow. Gelato sandwich sounds great!

        1. yeah, i read that too, and the review makes it sound really really really exceptional, but i was kind of skeptical.

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          1. re: kevin

            it is exceptional. Well, they say Gardena, but its on the other side of the 110. I am in that area often enough, and I discoved it when they had just opened before the review. The pizza looked really good, and I was just surprised there was anything that good in that vicinity. I thought that was Compton. It might not be Compton, but its close enough that it opens a great place to eat that is lacking in the area. I didn't have time to eat that day, but I have gone back after the review was posted. It's good food, the toppings are sparse.

          2. Sorry, but does anyone know if they really did open the place up for dinner? I was considering taking my parents for dinner tomorrow (Saturday) night, but I just called the number (I double- and triple-checked it against the LA Times article, Yelp, and Ogawak's listing above), at a little before 6:30 pm on a Friday, and nobody answered. I let it ring forever before hanging up.

            So... no dinner yet, then?

            (btw, apparently Chowhound never sprang forward during DST, so it appears that I posted an hour before I claimed to have made this call.)

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            1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7113... (this will fix your non compliance with daylight savings problem too)

              1. re: Servorg

                Ah, goody, thank you Servorg -- problem solved. Hmm, but I'm guessing this will keep happening as long as I log in through the pop-up login, which is what I'm taken to whenever I get logged out and want to log back in. Blearg. Not a big deal.

              2. re: buttermarblepopcorn

                I don't know why they didn't answer the phone but they are open for dinner.

                1. re: apple7blue

                  Yes they are open for dinner but they are closed Sundays.

              3. Warning: this is a really disorganized, rambling narrative of my lunch at Eatalian. Please read at the risk of losing eyeball control from rolling your eyes in frustration at my lack of coherence.

                I went yesterday (Saturday) for lunch with my parents. We knew the location was in an industrial part of town, but were still kind of amused/shocked at first to see the entrance, which had some nice big signs (including "PEN" which I took to be "OPEN" but somehow missing the initial "o") around what looked like a prison entrance, with gates.

                Anyway, the interior was as beautiful as the LA Times review pictures: huge, spacious, bright, with skylights that let in tons of bright, natural light that help the place save on electricity. The giant glass-walled "laboratory"/cheese factory with its floor-to-ceiling stacks of aging parmesan was there, and it was beautiful.

                I won't continue waxing poetic on the visual aesthetics; the interior is simply gorgeous.

                Like Ogawak, we ordered a rock pizza, as well as linguine alle vongole and a Roger calzone. The pizza crust was very thin but it wasn't crisp enough... oh hey I'm echoing Ogawak's sentiments, but yeah I have no clue what could've helped, maybe a hotter oven or something, but it tasted slightly undercooked. The toppings were really delicious, though.

                The Roger calzone was nice and big, but for whatever reason it arrived at our table barely warm on the outside. The inside was fine, though, so maybe it just loses heat really quickly... or I don't know. It was topped with a generous amount of pancetta. I don't remember what exactly was inside, but I do recall the mozzarella was REALLY mozzarella-y. I mean, it was the nicest-tasting mozzarella I've had in a long while, and made me really enjoy every chew (not just every bite).

                I was SO disappointed they were out of gnocchi! I asked if they were made in the restaurant and our waitress, Kim, said she believes so. Kim was, by the way, so clearly an experienced pro. I felt kind of bad for her when I noticed that the entire restaurant had only one other waitress besides her. The place filled up fast shortly after I'd arrived, and I could only guess that it was the LA Times review earlier this week that created this sudden wave of diners. It was impressive and heartening, because Eatalian's location is pretty freaking awful, but you spend one minute inside and find yourself hoping it doesn't get done in by that factor.

                But back to Kim, she was amazingly coordinated, ubiquitous, responded immediately to eye contact or a subtle hand gesture, and never made us wait -- when my mom ordered a cappuccino about five minutes after Kim had already taken our order, Kim just went and made it and brought it right over. Much later in the meal, I asked for an espresso and again she did the same thing: made it right away and brought it over. And by this point the whole place was full and there were ten or twenty people waiting by the sleek leather couches (i.e., waiting area) to be seated.

                Even more disappointing, though, was no gelato that day!! I was so looking forward to having a gelato sandwich, but their freezer display case was broken, which meant no place to hold the gelato. I vow to return for the gelato sandwich.

                The linguine was okay; the clams were really badly prepared in that they were totally filled with sand and grit! In each shell there was visible residue, and in the puddle of broth at the bottom of the finished bowl was more sand. The flavors were nice and clammy and the linguine were al dente but I'm not sure it justified being 13.75.

                Anyway, I really want to go back, alone this time, and sit at the bar and have a pizza, a gelato sandwich, and a cappuccino.

                P.S. They had a tv projector strung up high that projected the USA-England World Cup match onto a big patch of white wall where everybody could see; it was a nice setup even though the room is too bright during the day to see projection tv images clearly; I do like it better than flat-screen tvs, this somehow feels more festive and communal and less bar-like.

                P.P.S. While I stared longingly at the cheese-making room and looked all around at the gelato case and the bakery case and the espresso machines in the center and the open kitchen with the fiery oven, I wished they would offer to give tours of the place, because everything looks so fun and fascinating. Anyway...

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                1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

                  Oww! my eyes! just kidding I followed perfectly. I live in SD but work in that area sometimes. Sounds cool I'll have to check it out. I love fresh Mozzarella.

                  1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

                    Thanks for the report. I agree about how beautiful the place is. I wished the pizza were a little crisper and I really want this place to succeed as a restaurant, though I understand they are a wholesaler for the mozzarella, gelato and baked goods. The South Bay needs a place like this. Actually I've never ever seen or heard of a place like this.

                    1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

                      Correction! Dumb me, it wasn't giant slabs of pancetta generously covering the calzone, it was prosciutto -- probably speck (I don't remember what the menu specified). Duhhh...

                      1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

                        The location is great. Why should the same neighborhoods get good places to eat? There is nothing in Compton which it is closer to than most of Gardena to get a good pizza from. The best pizza around there used to be chains.

                        1. re: apple7blue

                          I think the location is totally bizarre. Nothing against Gardena (I love to eat Japanese food there), but I don't know if it is Gardena . It was such an industrial area, that the restaurant was hard to find and the parking stunk. Great location if it was an Earl Sheib and I was looking for a paint job. All the surrounding places were auto shops.

                          1. re: bsquared2

                            only in la!

                            jaybee's is also tucked away in the middle of an industrial area. what other restaurants can we add to the list?

                      2. They are open for dinner now. We went there for dinner Fri night and thought the pizza was very good (one pie) to outstanding (the other pie). I wish I could remember the names of the pizzas, but the one that was only good has cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, reggiano, pancetta or speck (I can't remember which pie had which), and some other stuff. The one that was outstanding had mozzarella, blue cheese, pancetta or speck, and porcini mushrooms. This pizza had an incredible smokiness to it that we just loved. Sorry to hear that others experienced pies that weren't crispy, but ours were light as air and quite crispy--perfect crusts. Husband and I are not pizza experts by any means, so it's hard for us to judge what is the most authentic or best by others' standards. That said, we greatly preferred this pizza to Antica, and husband pronounced the smokier pie the best pizza he'd ever had.

                        While the gelato case was indeed broken, gelato was still available upon request. We got 2 gelato sandwiches. We liked the raisin bread, and thought the hazelnut gelato was very good, but the nutella gelato was just okay. We enjoyed the gelato sandwiches quite a bit, but have had better gelato elsewhere.

                        The chef/owner, Antonio, was extremely nice and friendly. He explained that while he was thrilled by the L.A. times review, it has been hard for them to keep up with the flood of people that it caused. Indeed, the waitress who served us seemed pretty stressed out. That said, they are kind people serving up great Italian food. We plan to make their pizza part of our regular rotation.

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                        1. re: Nicole

                          Thanks for letting us know about the dinner option. I'll have to try the mozzarella, blue cheese, pancetta or speck, and porcini mushrooms pizza next time. Sounds great.

                          1. re: Nicole

                            My husband picked up a pizza on his way home today. Very good once again, although it did get a little soggy on the journey home. Now with take-out menu in hand, I can tell you that the pizza we love is the pizman, and it has tomato, mozzarella, speck, porcini mushrooms, bacon, and blue cheese. The one we thought was good but not great was the gitana. Husband says that the gelato case is now fixed. He also says that they hired extra help, so hopefully service will continue to improve.

                          2. I work across the street and havent gone yet, Well now I'll have to give them a try

                            1. LA Times review said they are not opened for dinner yet. Has that changed?

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                              1. re: wienermobile

                                They opened last Thursday, June 10th.

                              2. Added a place link for it to the CH database.

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                                Eatalian Cafe
                                15500 S. Broadway St., Gardena, CA 90248

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                                1. re: Servorg

                                  Went for lunch Thursday at 2PM and joined a line for tables that soon snaked out the door. Seated in about 25 mins. Server was clueless but clearly doing her best in a "deer in the headlights" way. A case of LA Times overwhelm. Ordered a large green salad, Margharita pie and a "yellow fin" tuna panini.
                                  Took ages-35 mins to get salad and panini and another 15 mins for pizza. I thought Marg pizza included fresh basil as a topping? This one did not so I snagged some from the plant that was on the cashier counter (after asking the owner). Made a big difference to our enjoyment of the pie. Agree with some that the crust, while agreeably thin lacked the crisp and chewy quality I prize in pizza. This said, it was still very tasty and at $7 dollars-a bargain. The panini was not as expected-our fault, we should have asked and not assumed it would be a grilled piece of fresh fish, rather than tuna salad-I did not try it but partner thought it was just okay. No gelato while we were there and still not available today when I called. Case still broken and they said they were not serving any. hmmm. However, I did try the choco bigni from the bakery. For ONE DOLLAR, these are a steal and so delicious! Choux Pastry Puffs stuffed with chocolate pastry creme with a schmeer of dark chocolate on the lid. Fantastic! and not just because they are ONLY $1 each. The bread served with our lunch was not bad either. Both white and unbleached wheat. The tiramisu looked very good too and I saw lots of people eating it.

                                  I thought the interior too stark and furnishings bit shabby-the chairs are rickety. The stacks of industrial size tins of tomatoes adds nothing. Are they for sale? I wish they had a larger market section-more products, better displayed would be nice. Maybe that's coming? I like the spaciousness though-hopefully they will improve on the design aspects. It will be good when (I hope not if) the cheese making begins.

                                  1. re: Densible

                                    the place changed a lot since they first opened, they seemed more for selling equipment and goods and making cheese, than when I went after the LA Times review--it seemed like more cafe.

                                2. Went tonight for dinner tonight around 7pm. There was no wait but the very large restaurant was full. They've only been open for dinner a little over a week and service was slow. The servers were a bit overwhelmed but were very friendly and made sure you were taken care of. The pizza was very very good. Extra thin crispy crust and fresh mozzarella with really good high quality fresh toppings cooked in a wood burning oven. Nice salads with very fresh ingredient, light dressing and fresh cheese and meats. The homemade nutella gelato was wonderful. This place is definitely worth a trip. Can't wait to go back.

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                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                    Thanks for the report. I went back for lunch this week and the pizza was noticeably crisper. What I like about them is that the ingredients are thinly sliced, then mixed together. In the case of the the Pizman pizza, the tomato, speck, porcini mushroom and bacon are thinly sliced and mixed together a little, so you get a blend of the ingredients.

                                    I was less than thrilled with the tortelli with butternut squash and pancetta.

                                    Their hazelnut gelato seems to be one of their better flavors. and the gelato sandwich really does work.

                                    Service is a bit slow, but they seem understaffed. The staff is very friendly and tries very hard to be helpful.

                                    1. re: Ogawak

                                      I also can't wait until their Willly Wonka looking cheese factory starts churning out that homemade mozzarella.

                                  2. I had dinner there today and asked about the cheese making equipment. Apparently their cheese maker was refused a visa, so the equipment will sit unused until they find a replacement.

                                    Gelato counter was working and definitely worth the price. I liked the pizza, but I agree with other posters that it is a bit on the limp side.

                                    The service wasn't that great and I didn't like that there were 5 or 6 baskets of bread sliced and waiting, when there weren't tables that needed them. It was pretty obvious that the bread for my table had been sitting sliced well in advance of us getting there. They were also out of gnocchi.

                                    Overall I liked the place and I do plan on going back.

                                    1. Went here last night. Overall, I was VERY pleased.

                                      Had the rock pizza (the one with blue cheese everyone was raving about) and it was AWESOME! I hate blue cheese too, but this was the perfect accent.

                                      We had another pizza too, but i don't remember the name. Both were crisp (unlike some people here mentioned). My only complaint is that the pizza needs to be eaten hot, b/c if you let it sit for more than 10-15 minutes, it looses its wow factor.

                                      We also had a mozzarella salad (nothing to write home about) and a Carbonara spaghetti which was FANTASTIC! Real carbonarra (aka, not bacon mixed in with spaghetti alfredo). Perfect portion too.

                                      Service was slow, but there was a group of 100 in there from some auto convention. However, we were always taken care of and our server told us to come back on a Wednesday when all cylinders are running. While not yet efficient (they said they were overwhelmed), definitely sincere.

                                      I also spoke with the owner (Antoni?). WHAT A GREAT GUY!!!! Stereotypically Italian: very warm, loud, lots of hand movements, jokester, and we probably talked for about 10 minutes. His wife was also there and is also a very nice woman.

                                      My only complaint was that the ABC Family channel was being projected on the wall. I'm sure something pleasant could go there instead!

                                      Overall, I want to go back on a less busy night and really explore the menu. A very welcome addition to the LA dining scene!

                                      Upstarter

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                                      1. re: upstarter

                                        >>My only complaint was that the ABC Family channel was being projected on the wall. I'm sure something pleasant could go there instead!<<

                                        I don't know the profile of the customers here, but I could see them playing something like, "Visions of Italy," that is often aired on PBS:

                                        http://www.travelvideostore.com/produ...

                                        It sounds like their lack of staffing is the major issue for most. But considering how overwhelming the local response has been, I'm sure they just need more time to hire more qualified folks.

                                        1. re: bulavinaka

                                          When I was there Friday night the World Cup was on.

                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                            Now that's Italian... And if Team Italy could just get a W.

                                          2. re: bulavinaka

                                            Staffing issues are still present. At 5:30 on a Friday (last night) I counted at least 11 employees, yet there was only 1 server actually working the floor. Fortunately I always make a point of ordering a pizza when I put my drink order in, because it was about 10 minutes longer than it should have been to get my pasta order in.

                                            As always, food was great.

                                            1. re: Shagg

                                              darn, i still haven't tried this joint out since it opened over a year and a half ago.

                                        2. Went for lunch today. I won't contribute much by saying the pizza and gelato were top notch, but I do have a few other comments to share:

                                          "Thanks" to a post on yelp, I ordered the lasagna. It turned out to be a bit dry and lacked heartiness. Server agreed that it was probably the weakest entree in their menu. Skip it, especially for $13.

                                          The espresso machine is a gleaming showpiece that screams for a talented barista at the helm. One who could steam milk properly and pour latte art would go a long way towards bringing the coffee presentation up to par with the pizza and gelato. I could imagine a coffee station with additional coffee prep methods such as at Intelligentsia's Venice location. I did order a regular cup of drip coffee and it was actually quite good. They use Miscela D'Oro beans.

                                          From the pastry case I tried the cream puff and cannolini (sp?), a smaller version of a cannoli. The $1.50 puff definitely trails behind Chantilly or Beard Papa. However, I was impressed with the cannoli. Now if they could produce focaccia like SF's Liguria Bakery or Stella Pastry's sacrapantina...

                                          Perhaps due to their overwhelming popularity, prices have increased. I was charged a dollar or two more than the prices listed on the menu for some of the entrees and coffee. It would be wise to double check your bill against the prices listed on the menu, at least until the menu is revamped.

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                                          1. re: ristretto

                                            Thanks for posting. I love cannolis, so looking forward to trying the pastries next time out. They certainly are trying hard in so many ways, and I hope they succeed. I too found the pasta dishes weak and will tend to stick with the pizzas. Did you notice whether the mozzarella was being made?

                                            Being charged more than the listed prices seems wrong, however.

                                            1. re: Ogawak

                                              I saw wheels upon wheels of cheese stacked up but no activity so, no, I don't think the mozzarella was being made.

                                              Look forward to hearing your comments on the cannolis. I'm no cannoli expert, but I think the salt helped bring out the flavors a bit. I saw a few other pastries that seemed worthy of trying.

                                              Re: prices, you give your written order to the cashier. The order doesn't have pricing (just the menu number of the item), and the receipt you receive only shows the prices but not the corresponding item names or number. Hopefully they'll update their menus and cash registers to print clearer receipts.

                                              1. re: Ogawak

                                                being charged more than the listed price is illegal

                                                1. re: Ogawak

                                                  Their "cannolini" is going to disappoint if what you are looking for is the traditional cannoli. Theirs is tasty but it is basically a puff pastry cone with pastry cream(a sparse amount at that). I detected no ricotta and the shell was definitely not fried.

                                                  1. re: baloney

                                                    I think they are trying to increase their profit margins by a lot, because the ingredient use is unusually sparse. They have reasonable prices, making the food accessible. However, I'd rather pay more and get a normal amount of toppings on pizza. It seems from what you said that it spreads to their other foods too.

                                                    1. re: apple7blue

                                                      anyone know if they are still open from 7am and can you get lunch, aka pizzas, from that time?

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        They now have a web site and according to the site they are open 7am-9pm Monday-Saturday. No pizzas until 10:30 am.
                                                        http://www.eataliancafe.com/

                                                      2. re: apple7blue

                                                        This is gourmet food. Everything about the restaurant incliuding the location adds to the uniqueness and experience of this upper scale Italian restraunt. Little is more when using quality ingredients. Those that like alot of gooey pizzas will not like it and should thus go elsewhere. This is real Italian not fake Italian. This is Gardena and it's a great location. If it's not to your liking go somewhere else. We love everything about it, even the cans of tomato sauce. This is no mistake, we get it. It's a great place. Thanks for the location!!!

                                                2. My boyfriend doesn't have an account and insisted I posted his review for him. He's a New Yorker, hence some of the references:

                                                  "In short: Imagine the graciousness of the Soup Nazi with the all the zest of The Olive Garden.

                                                  My girlfriend is a bit of a foody and found this place on Chowhound. As such, she dragged me from my 'hood (Venice) to Eatalian on the promise of authentic Italian in a funky warehouse setting.

                                                  We get there and the place is packed. No problem.

                                                  We sit down in a open and airy warehouse setting. Yes, it is VERY out of the way but hey, it's a new experience: No problem.

                                                  I look at the menu and don't see anything that really stands out: Concerned.

                                                  They have two Calzones. Both with Mushrooms and Ham: Worrying

                                                  I ask for a Calzone with different toppings and told this is not allowed. I ask for the same Calzone without the Mushrooms and Ham. They say this is not allowed. I push for the manager and the waiter comes back and says maybe they can do but it will take an hour!?!?!?!?! Considering that these are all handmade from scratch while you are there: Houston, we have a problem

                                                  I go through all this back and forth negotiation to have a Calzone because I drove all the way to Crenshaw and Drive-by for a menu of Pasta and Pizza and then given STALE, TASTELESS bread? Seriously? You are going to pull the Eurotrash 'no substitutions' line when you can't do the most basic food?

                                                  I politely thanked the waiter - who you could tell from his face that he has been through this before and truly understood the stupidity of the situation this owner/manager put him in - and left.

                                                  Some places can indeed get away with this kind of blackmailing of what you can and cannot eat. Think Father's Office. However, their food is a. Good. b. They offer a fantastic selection of beers and c. THEY ARE NOT IN A WAREHOUSE IN WEST COMPTON!

                                                  Nuff Said."

                                                  Me again.. Yes, I realize they aren't technically in West Compton (they are in Gardena), but for all intensive purposes, they are in West Compton.

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                                                  Eatalian Cafe
                                                  15500 S. Broadway St., Gardena, CA 90248

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                                                  1. re: mstinawu

                                                    What is wrong with mushrooms and ham?

                                                    1. re: mstinawu

                                                      Not sure what's so aversive about actually ordering off the menu. I think your comment "Imagine the graciousness of the Soup Nazi with the all the zest of The Olive Garden" is way off target. I found the owner extremely friendly and gracious. He is a nice guy. They are super-busy, so I can imagine that special requests might take more time. It seems a bit unfair to compare the food the Olive Garden when you didn't actually taste any of it. Yes, it is simple fare--pizza and pastas. I'm sorry if for some reason you had the impression that the menu was something it was not. I happen to think that the pizza is excellent. Many chowhounds are willing to drive to Gardena for good pizza, and order from the menu, if you aren't among them that's fine.

                                                      1. re: mstinawu

                                                        It isn't Compton City, it isn't Gardena City. It is unincorporated pocket of Los Angeles County. I believe it now goes by the official designation "West Rancho Dominguez-Victoria" although many maps are still going to say West Compton.

                                                        I wish the enterprise good luck despite their location considered unfortunate by those priveleged enough to live in Venice.

                                                      2. We like this place. The setting is a bit weird since you're in this open dining area that seems to be smack dab of a big industrial space. But it's nice to be able to see people behind the glass working on the different products.

                                                        Everything tasted really fresh for us. Agree with the assessment that the pizzas could be crispier. We were excited when it was brought out because it was that think cracker type we liked. Ingredients tasted good but disappointed at how floppy the crust was. As is our custom, we tend to overorder for leftovers. The next day the pizza crisped up in the toaster oven pretty well and the crispyness was more to my liking.

                                                        Service is friendly but a bit disjointed. They use a team approach but unfortunately the team doesn't communicate really well with each other and we had to repeat requests a few times. Still, nothing bad. They were friendly and trying so we just rolled with it.

                                                        Pricing and portions are very reasonable. You don't get huge chain style portions but the prices won't break your bank too. Pizzas are 12 inches and round $10 give or take a buck depending on what you want.

                                                        We also got the carbonara and lasagna. Liked the carbonara a lot. The lasagna was a bit drier than my personal preference. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again but wouldn't complain if it was a part of a meal. With portions and prices being so reasonable, it's easy to get a few items to share and have different tastes without breaking the bank. Overall, we liked the freshness of the ingredients and the execution. I wouldn't drive all the way down there from the Westside, but it I'm in the general vicinity, I'd head over there.

                                                        1. one advantage that this place had at the time i went is that it didn't have any type of liquor license nor did they allow any byob/corkage.

                                                          this made it a good place for a party filled with folks who are 'recovering" and also for parties that were made of up late teens that would have loved to take a swing of someone else's drink. . .

                                                          for me, even though i don't fall into either of those categories, i would probably frequent the place more often if it was more geographically desireable for me. (i live 5 minues from antica pizzaria)

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                                                          1. re: westsidegal

                                                            Since the original posting, Eatalian Cafe has moved to Broadway and the pizzaiolo who worked there has opened a spinoff at the old location called Eatalian Pizza. Well worth a trip for excellent tnin crust!

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                                                            Eatalian Cafe
                                                            15500 S. Broadway St., Gardena, CA 90248

                                                            1. re: lapizzamaven

                                                              "Since the original posting, Eatalian Cafe has moved to Broadway..."

                                                              I see the address information in the original post as being on Broadway (specifically 15500 S Broadway) so I'm a little confused? Even the LA Times review had it there as well. Where was it before (address) and how did this original review have it at the Broadway location, do you know?

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                                                              Eatalian Cafe
                                                              15500 S. Broadway St., Gardena, CA 90248

                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                It was always there on Broadway--that's the original. They opened another place at 14842 Crenshaw Blvd
                                                                Gardena, CA 90249

                                                                I assumed it was the same owners, but maybe lapizzamaven is correct about it being a spinoff.

                                                                1. re: apple7blue

                                                                  Now, I'm thoroughly confused in all respects.

                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                    Eatalian Pizza on Crenshaw is a soin-off...its independently owned but they get their gelato, cheese etc from the original. I was told Eatalian Cafe started on Crenshaw but possibly Im wrong. Regardless, It is one helluva pizza...Unequivocally, one of the best around.

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                                                                    Eatalian Cafe
                                                                    14842 Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249

                                                              2. re: lapizzamaven

                                                                Ok my dear, so should I go to Broadway or Crenshaw for my one pizza in town?

                                                                (Glad I checked in here, the Mariscos Chente(s) situation already made my head spin, now I've got pizza confusion too!)

                                                                1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                  Mel, don't take this to the bank, but I think I recall reading here that the Crenshaw spin off (pizza specialty) came to an end fairly recently? So the original on Broadway is still open. Just check before you go (although they aren't far apart in any case).

                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                    Thanks much! Crenshaw is still listed on the website . . . may be out of date.

                                                                    If anyone's interested in chowing down for lunch tomorrow, shoot me an email to address in my profile.

                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                      The Crenshaw one is still open, although they are mostly a lunch operation. Although I LOVE the full service Eatalian, Crenshaw is my favorite because they have a 46... My favorite pizza ever...

                                                                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

                                                                      Also, if they have the Cesar dressing, get that... really outstanding freshmade version without too much anchovy...

                                                                      --Dommy!

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                                                                      Eatalian Cafe
                                                                      14842 Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249

                                                                      1. re: Dommy

                                                                        Thanks for the update, Dommy. I went back and found the post I was referring to here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7904...

                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                          Interesting! Thanks for the heads up! :)

                                                                          --Dommy!

                                                                    2. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                      I haven't been to the newer Crenshaw location, but the original Broadway one is the place to go. As someone else said, it's a Willy Wonka-type factory operation for making mozzarella, gelato and their baked goods, although they aren't making their own mozzarella right now. I hope you enjoy it. I greatly appreciate your contributions to the Bay Area board since we travel to SF at least once a year.

                                                                      1. re: Ogawak

                                                                        Thanks all for the updates. Think I'll go to Broadway for the set up since the pizzaiolo has changed. Just hope it's not as disappointing as my PHX Pizzeria Bianco experience.

                                                                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                          Hey Melanie, i have to hear about your Phoenix disappointment....did you post about it somewhere?