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Meet Alexandra and Steven Lunardon of Antonio’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant in Sherman Oaks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra and Steven Lunardon.

Alex, Steven – please share the your story with us.
Antonio’s Pizzeria is one of the first Italian eateries to open its doors in the San Fernando Valley (1957), originally as Miceli’s. Our landmark sign of Italy’s boot, now grandfathered into the city, as well as dishes created by Antonio’s mother 60 years ago, have become hallmarks of the restaurant.

Known as Antonio’s Pizzeria since 1958, we have survived every twist, turn, quake and developing food trend by serving generous portions of classic Italian dishes — like spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and our famous pizza — for six decades. Growing with the times and reimagining some old school favorites to meet evolving contemporary needs, we now offer a full gluten-free menu with vegan options, including pizza. One of our main goals is to provide excellent Italian food options for even those with restrictive diets.

We’re a brother-sister team and we bought the restaurant in 1988, promising Antonio that the tradition would continue; honoring his legacy has been a priority ever since. We provide a warm and accessible environment for everyone — from neighborhood friends to Hollywood celebrities. In fact, each person who walks through our doors becomes family.

Has it been a smooth road?
Every family-owned restaurant faces ups and downs, from corporate competition to the fluctuating economy. That said, Antonio’s has always held fast to its high-quality offerings, outstanding service and wallet-friendly prices.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Antonio’s is proud to be one of the few non-franchised, family-style restaurants remaining in the San Fernando Valley. We have a unique ability to provide an authentic Italian experience, from top-quality traditional food to our familial rapport with customers. We live by three words: Real. Simple. Tasty.

People rave about so many of our dishes — Pasta Rossa, lasagna, Pasta Monica and our amazing New York-style pizza. Our desire to stay traditional and remain an affordable option for families are just two of the things that set us apart. We love being part of our community and interacting with local schools to help keep the PTAs active and necessary programs going.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Every city presents challenges to small businesses, and we would advise anyone starting out to make himself/herself supremely aware of the ins and outs of local entrepreneurship. And, remember, patience is a virtue! On a personal note, Los Angeles has always been good to Antonio’s, and we are grateful to the community for making us a go-to spot for quality Italian cuisine.

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Dave McCoul

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