Yesterday, a friend and I were taking a break from a casual Photo safari when the lunch hour approached. We were in the South Bay and thinking of pizza when I remembered I had been intending to check out Eatalian Cafe in Gardena. I consulted my pizza file, found their address on Crenshaw Blvd and drove in an easterly direction. We found it just beyond Redondo Beach Blvd. Upon entering, we discovered that this was not the Eatalian Cafe, which is not only a manufacturer of cheeses, gelati, etc but is also a full service restaurant, but instead was the recently opened Eatalian Pizza, a spin-off by former pizzaiolo Davide Molinari-Sighinolfi and his lovely wife Victoria Vaughn.
Well, to make a long story short, these two passionate and youthful individuals brought us a couple of exceptional pies and a pair of intoxicatingly tasty desserts that sent me into a hypoglycemic state of confusion.
The pies, a Margherita, with fresh mozz substituted for regular, and a Gibo, which added sausage to the "regular" cheese pizza. Both pies' crusts were ultra thin yet with a degree of toothy chewiness. The sauce, fragrant though perhaps needing a bit more spice, and the cheese creamy and plentiful. Very satisfying and guaranteed to bring me back to this otherwise pedestrian neighborhood. As for the desserts, an affogata and an il Modenese, a concoction of strawberries and vanilla gelato dressed in balsamic vinegar, would've knocked us off our feet had we not already been seated.
What a fortuitous surprise this dining experience turned into. We later confirmed that Eatalian Pizza gets its cheeses, meats and gelati from Eatalian Cafe but makes its own pizzas, desserts, salads and sandwiches. This new gastronomical enterprise is highly recommended to anyone desiring Italian food lovingly prepared by this inspired couple devoted to bring Italian authenticity to the south Los Angeles area.
14842 Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249