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3/19/2008

Good Thing, You've Been Gone Too Long

Some Good Things:
  • The smaller of my new twin nephews, Lucas, made it to 5 pounds today! Pretty soon, he'll catch up to bigger brother Dillon.

Photo by C.M.
  • Thanks to Joz, I found out that a wish of hers, as well and mine and E's, came true. Thomas Wilkins will become the Principle Guest Conductor for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for the next two years. We saw him at a couple of shows last summer and as much as I miss John Mauceri, I said I'd love to have Wilkins take over. Looks like we're a step closer to that becoming a reality!
  • Good pizza is back in L.A.! And I can walk to it!!! Albano's on Melrose was always our favorite place for a N.Y. style pie. There was a short-lived Studio City location, but after that closed, we would go over the hill whenever we wanted a good pizza. We never really found out why, but sometime around last Thanksgiving, Albano's suddenly closed. Lights out. Gone. Tonight, E and I were thinking about getting a pizza from one of the places we've been settling for, when we are too lazy to make our own. E, the eternal optimist, decided to look online--just in case--and found this on Yelp, written by Anthony Albano himself. WHAT? He's back??? We got very excited and hopped in the car. We were practically hyperventilating on the quick drive over. Robano's is in the location where Sebastian's, a restaurant that starred in one of the most entertaining episodes of Kitchen Nightmares, was in Toluca Lake. We spoke to Anthony and got a lot of scoop of where Albano's has been and where Robano's is going. They officially open at the end of the month, but you can go there now and get the best Brooklyn style pizza that is cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven! Oh, and for those who care about such things, there is a full bar.

9 comments:

Aggie said...

Aww, how cute are those wee babes.

Yum to wood fired pizza.

Will Campbell... said...

I think Thomas Wilkins was the conductor last summer during the Pink Martini concert my wife and I went to. He's awesome!

the slackmistress said...

OMG, Sebastian's used to be a hangout for me and a group of my friends a couple of lifetimes ago. It always had a weird vibe, but the food was cheapish and it was empty, so we had the run of the place. I had no idea...

Is the Albano's this side of the hill still open? Every time we would call they would tell us they were out of pizza boxes and couldn't deliver. :(

Will said...

The Albano's is the best pizza NY style pizza this side of the Hudson River

Dianna said...

I must say those are wicked cute babies :)

Jodi said...

@will campbell: Yes, Wilkins conducted the Pink Martini night. Wasn't he great?

@dianna: Eh. They're alright. For babies.

ambitious hamster said...

mmm new york style pizza...shoot we cain't even git no decent bagels out here. although actually there are 2 good places for ny pizza both run by ny transplants.

madretz said...

your nephews are adorable!

Shayne said...

I could eat those babies!

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