Photo by Stephanie Rondeau

Photo by Stephanie Rondeau

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