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Nov 2, 2012 10:47 PM

Ravanelli's Pizza closes after 50 years

So bummed.

We just found out to tonight - according to their website they closed their doors on October 19th.

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    1. re: WildSwede

      Yep. I drove by the other afternoon and there was a closed sign on the door.

      1. re: boogiebaby

        That makes me very, very sad. It has been my favorite pizza in the valley for the past 20+ years! Thanks for updating.

        1. re: WildSwede

          My 12 year old cried. "WHERE WILL WE FIND DELICIOUS PIZZA??"

          We'd just been in a week or two prior to their closing - there was no indication that they were shutting down. Such a bummer.

          1. re: jencounter

            Jen, not sure if you know of Lido Pizza in Van Nuys, but if not, I think you should check them out.

            I used to love Ravanelli's as well when I lived in that neck of the SFV, but now I'm in Sherman Oaks so Lido fits the bill well. Both have been (or were, in the case of Ravanelli's) around for 45-50 years or so, and I believe for that reason the pizza at these places is similar in style, crust thickness, cheese ratio, etc.

            It's certainly not gourmet or groundbreaking pizza in any way, just good old fashioned, kinda thin to medium crust pizza (with a tasty sauce and generous, but not too much, real mozzerella cheese) that was popularized in a bygone era in neighborhoods all across the USA.

            Please give it a try and report back!! I know it may be a bit far (where do you live?), but I'd bet you and your family will enjoy. My nine year old daughter LOVES it!!!

            1. re: GK in SO

              zPizza in Porter Ranch is the best pizza I've found in this area.

              1. re: GK in SO

                I love Lido's handmade pasta! I got a spicy pizza there once and really enjoyed it as well. My understanding is there is a Casa Di Pizza somewhere in Granada Hills or was it Mission Hills. The one in Reseda was our favorite during my growning up years. Alas, that one is now closed (in Lohmann's Plaza). Have not tried the other location yet.