Storefront Report: Highland Park pizza parlor looking for new owner

More change is in store for the  corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 51 in Highland Park. Italiano’s Pizza, which occupies the northeast corner of the intersection, has been put up for sale for $225,000 as the lease on the 2,500-square foot space comes up for renewal.   The current owners, who have operated the pizza parlor for about 15 years, have decided to sell to focus on another business in Pico Rivera, said agent Bob Hooks with International Real Estate Services. It will be up to a buyer to negotiate a new lease as part of a sale.  It’s not clear how much the landlord will be asking, but Hooks said that “I am getting a lot of calls” on the corner property.

Italiano’s Pizza has found itself with several new neighbors as the gentrification of York Boulevard and Highland Park attracts new  shops and cafes to the street.   The pizza parlor is in the same strip of storefronts where specialty ice cream maker Scoops opened this summer and down the block from where craft beers and $11 glasses of wine now flow at the Hermosillo bar under new owners.  Meanwhile, across the street from Italiano’s, crystal chandeliers hang in the windows of  Ba Restaurant, which serves French Rustic cuisine in what was once part of the Mexican bakery next door.


  1. This place could be a lot better than what it is now…Let’s see…

  2. As long as it doesn’t turn into a Starbucks.

  3. I don’t think they’ll have any takers. Restaurant owners tend to have a high opinion of the value of their businesses. Sure, this place has been around a long time, but it’s all new people in the last five years.

    And a restaurant is only as good as its lease. With no lease, what is there to buy?

    The landlords know what they have and see what’s happening in the area. They are probably asking a mint for rent.

  4. It would be AMAZING if Folliero’s on Fig would open a sister store in this space!!

  5. I think that location would be great for Zelo’s Pizza. They currently have one location in Arcadia, but I think they’d do really well in Highland Park.

  6. My vote is for another Pizzanista location. They are on 7th St. near Alameda in Downtown LA.

  7. I hope they turn it into a Starbucks.

  8. With no lease, what are you buying? Recipes? The Italiano’s name? The interior?

    • i just asked this question about another establishment the other day and my wife schooled me: you get the name, kitchen equipment, licenses (including any booze licensing), customers (maybe) and perhaps an easier entry into the world of restaurant owner.

  9. They should maybe open a Panera. The closest one is in Glendale.

  10. Masa of highland park. Make it happen.

  11. Pizzanista or Two Boots. Either would fit in between Scoops and Ba. Really though, it’s got to be better than what it is. I love pizza and can’t wait.

  12. Does anyone know if Italiano’s already has an active liquor license? Let’s hope the gentrification of York Blvd continues.

  13. I vote for a Two Boots Pizza. A dream would be Pizzeria Mozza (hey I can dream.)

  14. I’m hoping for a Pay Less Shoes or a Pizza Hut.

  15. I have a request. if you are going to keep the name, “Italiano’s” pizza, can you maybe hire an Italian or two to make the pizza??? I’m Italian, I grew up in NYC. It’s no secret that NY Pizza is considered superior to what is called pizza in LA. Some people say it’s the water, which makes the dough rise differently. That’s only part of the story. There are barely any Italians in LA. Unless you have extreme knowledge of a particular culture, you are not going to get it right with the food of that culture. For example, I never see oregano on the counter at pizza places in LA. It’s an essential spice for Pizza back east.

  16. Luigi’s come back!!!

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