After serving the Belmont Heights community for 50 years, Francelli’s—the Italian-American restaurant that first opened as a market in 1969—has closed up shop, adding to the string of old-school Italian-American restaurants that have closed, including Russo’s last year and Papalucci’s in September. Birthed in the late 1960s by children-of-immigrant...

Milana’s is Downtown’s New York-style pizza staple—actually, they’re Long Beach‘s New York-style pizza staple. And one thing that has always stuck with me is something its owner, Adriel Fasci, told me years ago when they first opened: “Y’know, if a plain cheese slice can’t hold up on its own, then it isn’t good pizza. Period.” Forthright with a thi...

Please join us for the Opening of the Clorinda Donato Center for Global Romance Languages and Translation Studies on October 18, 2018. The Donato Center was established on January 21, 2017, thanks to a $1.1 million donation by longtime supporter of Italian Studies, Mario Giannini. Named for the director of the George L. Graziadio Center for Italian...

Italy’s Daniel Mancinelli won a spirited battle with Finland’s Toni Vilander Sunday in a battle of Ferrari 488 GT3 sports car drivers, scoring his first Pirelli World Challenge GT Sprint race win at the 44th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.Mancinelli, a three-time PWC GT SprintX winner in 2017, drove his No. 31 TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 mac...

Caffe Gazelle is so easy to miss, to overlook, to just not see — even though it’s hidden in (almost) plain sight. It sits just a few feet off the happy chaos of Second Street in the heart of Belmont Shore, with frenzied crowds crawling from sports bar to sports bar just a glance away. But it’s on narrow, one-way La Verne Avenue, in an almost nondes...

One of the great joys of Second Street in Long Beach’s Belmont Shore is how walking down any given block you move between the new and trendy and the old school and sedate, with the sporty and noisy in between. New and trendy runs to such hot spots as Saint & Second, Lasher’s Kitchen, Tavern on 2 and Roe. Old school, by contrast, is deeply Italian (...

Not to get all tangled up in nostalgia, but I grew up in a world of Italian delis, truly great Italian delis that would transport you to Naples with the first whiff. The sprawling covered Italian market on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx was my culinary playground, interspersed with journey’s to New York’s iconic Little Italy, which was back then at lea...

Who knew that Utopia was in Long Beach diagonally across from a Courtyard by 0 and a Best Western Plus? I always figured that Utopia, as first envisioned by Sir Thomas More in 1516, was indeed an idyllic island in the southern Atlantic. But no, there it is at First Street and Linden Avenue, a very pleasant Italian/eclectic restaurant with a good ba...

In the week leading up to Christmas, Roe Seafood will honor both an Italian-American tradition and modern sustainability efforts by presenting a Feast of the Seven (Sustainable) Fishes dinner series.  “With our Feast of the Seven (Sustainable) Fishes offerings, we really want to educate the public on sustainability and showcase some of the amazing...

Jason Witzl knew a lot of local eyes would be on him when he opened Ellie’s on the corner of Second Street and Orange Avenue in Long Beach, the location of the beloved neighborhood staple At Last Cafe, which closed earlier this year. “It’s a ton of pressure. We opened the restaurant very quickly. At Last Cafe closed on a Sunday, we came in on a Mon...