Andre’s Italian to open soon on Wilshire Boulevard

| December 28, 2023 | 0 Comments

NEW SIGN is up at the restaurant.             Photo courtesy of Andre’s

A popular feature of the former Town and Country shopping center is making a comeback.

Andre’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria will soon be dishing up plates of pasta and other Mediterranean specialties at its new sit-down restaurant in the historic Dominguez-Wilshire Building at 5400 Wilshire Blvd.

The restaurant is expected to open by mid-January 2024.

“We’re hoping. We’re waiting for the final city inspection,” co-owner Stephanie Gagliarducci told us.

Gagliarducci is the grandniece of Dominic Andreone, a native of Italy, who opened the classic, cafeteria-style restaurant in 1963 at 6332 West Third St. in the Town and Country shopping center.

The restaurant closed in July 2022 after new owners of the property announced plans to demolish the site to build an eight-story, mixed-use complex of housing units over retail, now under construction.

The restaurant has since operated as a take-out location on Washington Boulevard.

Andreone died in January 2022 at the age of 99.

Gagliarducci is joined in the new venture by co-owners Peter Andreone (Dominic’s son) and Simon Alvarez, the latter of whom started as a chef at the restaurant in 1981.

The new space will seat 100 people inside and another 25 on the patio; parking will be in back. Hours are to be from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Watch for a joint ribbon cutting ceremony soon with City Council District 5, which is opening its field office in the same building.

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