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General Info
Carlo Lomeli, founder of Lomeli's Italian Restaurant, Inc., started his restaurant career in 1968, at age 14, as a busboy for Sala's Italian Restaurant in Lawndale. By age 16, Carlo realized that he had a tremendous passion for cooking; while at Sala's he learned how to cook and became their main chef. He loved every minute while in the kitchen and decided, from his experience, his lifelong career would be that of a restaurateur. As a result of his close working relationship with Arthur, John and Ted Sala, they became good friends. Carlo was fortunate to have worked with these wonderful employers who were willing to teach him all they knew about running a restaurant. At age 18, Carlo became Sala's manager and worked for them until 1977. He was now 23 years of age and felt he was mentally and financially ready to venture out on his own. First, he wanted to gain more managerial experience so he went to work for Shakey's (on Torrance Boulevard in Torrance) and enrolled in a night c ourse in business management, which was held at a public school in Lawndale.
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Mon - Thu:
Fri - Sat:
Extra Phones

Fax Your Orders: (310) 323-8983

TollFree: (877) 468-7297

On December 11, 1978, Carlo bought Big Joe's Italian Restaurant. In 1979, he changed the name to Lomeli's Italian Restaurant. He celebrated the name change and the first anniversary by giving his customers a 50% discount on all dine-in bills between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. This has become a tradition, which is celebrated every year. The actual anniversary is in December, but because he is so busy with holiday parties during December, he usually has the celebration the second Tuesday of January each year. Anyone interested in knowing the actual date of the anniversary celebration should call Lomeli's in mid-December. In 1984, he opened a second restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach; however, due to a slow economy from 1990 through 1994, and elevated rental expenses, he closed the Lomeli's Hermosa location when the lease expired on November 21, 1994. Carlo also manages his wife Lori Lynn Lomeli's hula-hoop career. She is considered to be the world 's best hula hooper. They were married in 1988 and have two children -- Ray, 14, and Lorilynn, 9. Carlo also has a 20-year-old son, Robert, from a previous marriage.
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Price Range
Between Crenshaw & Western
Pizza, Caterers, Italian Restaurants, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average



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The sauce the sauce the sauce!

I am very picky about Italian food, my father is Italian so you know mom cooked the best pasta! What makes pasta good is the sauce, and Lomeli's has the sauce, and several different types. The marina and meat sauce is a perfect blend of flavors. They also combine marinara and alfredo to make a rich and tasty "pink sauce". Definately try that. The portions are very generous, and the garlic bread the perfect companion for your pasta. Oh how I love their garlic bread. This place is perfect when you crave a good home-cooked Italian dinner...



Like family

I love this place,honestly the best taste and the price of the dishes are very fair.Everytime i go ,i feel like family.There service is excellant.They deserve 10 stars!!!!!i recomend it ....It is also so romantic has dim lighting,candles,it's just so cozy,if theres a wait,you should wait because this place is worth it.




I started going to Lomeli's a couple of years ago after a friend insisted this was the best Italian Restaurand in the South Bay. Now, I love italian food and I have been to several great restaurants, so when he said this, I new I had to try it out.

Lomeli's is a small family owned restaurant hidden in a small shopping center in the city of Gardena/Torrance. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by everyone and seated. The service is so amazingly fast. The waiter made sure we were not missing anything.

Now the food. Well, all I can say is WOW!! The food is outstanding. Definately the Best!! I have taken several of my friends there, as well as order party trays, and everyone always comments on how good the food is.




In addition to serving delicio...

In addition to serving delicious food and giving exceptional service, Carlos the owner gives back to the community ten fold by giving discounts to local schools.

I would definitely give this business a five star rating!