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MICELI'S Italian restaurant in Hollywood,  California
1646 N Las Palmas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 466-3438
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Miceli's is in the middle of a "magical vortex," a short distance from the Melrose district.  Miceli's has acquired a somewhat worn patina (some wall paint is cracked, like an Old Master's painting,) but that is part of the charm of this dark wood (and a rainbow of colors in accoutrements) restaurant.  There are hundreds of classic straw Chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling, interesting paintings and throne-like dinning chairs on the back wall.
We had lunch at Miceli's today, and I was reminded again what a really cozy, good look'n restaurant it is.
The food is old-style Southern Italian: rich red sauce dishes, as well as other traditional favorites.
The pizza is California style.


If you are looking for atmosphere and old world charm, this is the place.  You might be seated next to the ghosts of Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Billy Wilder, Cecil B. Demille and, of course, Norma Desmond at the head of the table.
Many of the old stars had bungalows in the surrounding neighborhood.  If you're lucky, you'll see one of the old Hollywood "spirit ladies" standing on a corner under a street light. 
Excerpts from Miceli's website:
  • The days when The Beatles came down the street from Capitol Records to the only place that served beer & pie until midnight!
  • When Marilyn Monroe drank martinis by the bar!
  • When Bugsy Siegel and Sal Mineo had late-night rendevous with heaping plates of spaghetti & meatballs!
There is a parking lot just south of the restaurant.




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This is a photo of Miceli's dining room...           Miceli's sign in Hollywood...
"Wine bottles hanging from the ceiling"
Here's a link to the Hollywood Page
And here's a link to Farmer's Market