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Eatalian in Gardena

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Hidden in the industrial zone of Gardena on Broadway and Redondo Beach Blvd. is a very popular Italian bistro or would I say trendy cafe? It serves no liquor or wine and parking is very difficult during peak hours. Yet...the lines are long and waiting 45 minutes to over an hour just to get seated is a norm. They also take no reservations. It looks like it was an abondoned warehouse or factory but holds probably over a hundred customers? Been here a couple of times and will say that it's not the typical Italian cuisine you'd find at Olive Garden or Lomeli's in Gardena. Their pizzas are very thin crusted and their special ragu had an unfamiliar flavor which which to me was quite nice IMO. Another signature offering was their home made gelato served in paper cups.

The only reason why I gave it a four star rating is that they don't serve wine or any type of spirits to compliment the food and parking is difficult because of their small parking lot. The area at night is very dark mainly because it's located in an industrial zone.

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Lomeli's
2223 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

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

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  1. Link to more on Eatalian on chowhound:
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    Eatalian Cafe
    15500 S. Broadway St., Gardena, CA 90248

    4 Replies
    1. re: wienermobile

      There were also reports that Eatalian had slipped since the original the pizzaiolo/owner had left:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7904...

      1. re: Peripatetic

        peripatetic, the report about the rumored decline in the pizza refers to the "spin off", Eatalian Pizza, on Crenshaw....

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        Eatalian Cafe
        14842 Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249

        1. re: lapizzamaven

          Thanks for the clarification. So you've been to the original location and thought it was still good?

        2. re: Peripatetic

          My most recent visit to Eatalian was very satisfying. Their pizza was as I remembered. The only disappointment at that time was they had lost their mozzarella guy who went back to Italy. The gelato and baked goods were also good as ever. It's a really fun Italian place for me.

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

      2. KCET did one of their Free Lunches there. I must say, it looks pretty enticing. The pasta in particular.
        http://www.kcet.org/socal/food/freelu...