Friday, August 6, 2010

Patsy D'Amore and The Legendary Villa Capri Restaurant

Villa Capri Restaurant in Hollywood, CA Photo (C) LIFE

A few weeks ago I did a post about James Dean's final day and I mentioned how Dean was living in a log cabin home that he rented from the maitre d' of the Villa Capri restaurant in Hollywood. Dean was a frequent visitor at the Villa Capri, as was Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and many other Hollywood legends. The restaurant deserves its own blog post but instead of doing a post here, I think you should check out the great website that Filomena D'Amore has put together:

Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra at the Villa Capri (C) LIFE

The website has a lot of colorful information about the Villa Capri and about Filomena's father Patsy D'Amore, who started the Villa Capri, as well as the other establishments he started in Los Angeles. And if you want to get a taste for what the D'Amore's have been cooking up all these years you can visit Patsy D'Amore's Pizza  at the Third Street Farmers Market in Los Angeles, in operation since 1949 (Unfortunately, the Villa Capri is no longer).


perfectionishuman said...

Ahh James Dean. I swear I just swooned!

Elizabeth said...

I had no idea this place existed and I eat at the Smokehouse every time I'm in Hollywood. Is the food better than the Smokehouse because...? While the cheese bread and cheeseburger are second to none, everything else is a bit, meh. The ambience is everything.

Sotos Kappas said...

I used to live next door of "Villa Capri" and after a few months I moved half a block across Villa Capri,
at McCadden Place across from "Don the Beachcomber," when I used to be the night manager at the "Hollywood
Theatre." Those were the years.


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