The likely reason? A major shift in Italian and Italian-American food that has come into Long Beach.
The Procaccinis, directly from Roma herself with the family bouncing between Italy and California, introduced Long Beach residents to the wonders of the Roma cafe proper with La Parolaccia.
Lorenzo Motolla, owner of Vino e Cucina, has the prime goal of capturing Italian hospitality over on the Eastside
, hosting incredibly curated wine dinners while offering some of the most distinctly straight-forward Italian classics the city offers.
Chef Giuseppe Musso of Michael's Downtown echoes these Roman and Florentine influences in his constantly changing menu in DTLB, where pastas are always made by hand and each plate to order.
Then we have the people pushing the boundaries of Italian food in Long Beach—with Chef Eric Samaniego of the stellar Michael's on Naples
immediately comes to mind as does Chef Jason Witzl
, with his putting-his-mark-in-the-ground bistro that is Ellie's in Alamitos Beach.
Times change—and the heavy mozzarella-and-sauced dishes sitting atop red-and-white checkered table covers, empty bottles of Chianti hanging from the ceiling, and dried pastas slathered in hefty cream sauces are a part of the Italian-American cuisine diaspora that is slowly becoming a relic of the past.This article previous stated an incorrect owner; it has since been corrected.Buona Gente was located at 5205 E. 2nd St.