Cantalini’s celebrates 15 years
Cantalini’s Salerno Beach owner Lisa Schwab celebrated 15 years of classic Italian dining in Playa del Rey on Sunday with a community party featuring a free buffet feast that included baked ziti, pesto-filled pasta, zesty sausage and red wine. A trio led by Ian Whitcomb (who had a Top 10 hit during the British Invasion with “You Turn Me On” and frequently performs at Salerno Beach) played numbers such as “Alley Cat,” “When You Wish Upon a Star” and, of course, “That’s Amore” for a packed house.
Longtime Salerno Beach regular Marvin Graham recalled how Schwab acquired the restaurant, a Playa del Rey staple since the 1960s, in 2000 and gradually simplified and upgraded the once-cluttered décor, adding murals to the interior and her grandmother’s name to the sign above.
“This is my way of saying thanks to the community for supporting us,” Schwab said.
— Michael Aushenker