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Photos clockwise from left: Claudio Randazzo at La Mamma Randazzo Cucina; Chef Julio Cesar prepares bread fresh daily; son  Luciano Randazzo helps select fine wines served; black & white family photo of Rudy, Elsa, Claudio and Liliana Randazzo; and center photo of Giuseppa Randazzo.


La Mamma Randazzo Cucina in Surf City is closed!

Huntington Beach, Calif.--Italy may be 6,000 miles away, but the passion for its cuisine and culture are right at your door in Surf City. Begin your Italian journey by visiting Randazzo Cucina.  Under new ownership, the restaurant located just a few blocks from the beach (at a shopping center on Beach Blvd. & Atlanta) has recruited esteemed Chef Julio Cesar, introduced authentic Sicilian recipes from Randazzo, Italy, and brings you the Randazzo family, itself, whose roots are in the Sicilian countryside where family & food mean everything.

When Claudio Martinez Randazzo recently found a HB restaurant for sale on Craig's List, he called and instantly loved its name, Randazzo.  'When I found that out, it was a message that said it was meant to be,' said the new owner of the 23-year-old eatery.

Talk about perfect fit: His mom, Elsa Randazzo, and grandmother, Giuseppa Randazzo were amazing cooks from Randazzo, Sicily. So he put a new spin on the name by calling it 'La Mamma Randazzo Cucina.'

The Randazzo family recipes from Sicily are artfully prepared in the lively restaurant with with black & white checkered flooring and original artwork featuring classic Italian scenes painted by famed local artist Bill Anderson. 

Giuseppa's favorites such as Polpete e Pasta, delicious homemade meatballs in red sauce with fettuccini or optional angel hair or pappardelle, are made with the finest beef, and standout pasta that is hand-made.

Be sure to try her special Lentil Soup, made up of lentils, diced potatoes, Italian Sausage, diced pork and meat chunks in broth. Yummy!

The Baby Green Salad is very tasty, and all salads contain exceptional greens, dressings made fresh with herbs, and ingredients selected seasonally for optimum flavor.

Claudio's mom's recipes include Risotto Salcicces (Italian sausage in an Italian wine red sauce with Arborio rice risotto) and Milanessa (lightly breaded veal fried in canola oil, served with your choice of pasta, fries or baby greens).

In addition to dinner dishes, great lunch choices such as Linguini Cavallino, Gnocchi Della Sera and Pollo Conlimone, will have you speaking Italian in no time at all. Randazzo features sandwiches, like Argentinean Famous 'Lomito' (thinly sliced, tenderized Filet Mignon topped with ham, egg, tomato, lettuce, melted cheese and mayonnaise on an artisan toasted bun) and Homemade Tri Tip (tender slices with baby greens, tomatoes and mayonnaise on a toasted baguette, served with auju sauce or homemade chimichurri).

You also can order a variety of pizzas (i.e., Margarita, Pollo Rustica and Veggie Amore), Empanadas (Argentinean turnovers filled with a homemade recipe), Espresso and there's even a Children's Menu with pasta and meatball, small pizza or homemade macaroni and cheese.

The friendly atmosphere makes it a fun place to dine in but you also can take it out or have it delivered (free within a 5 mile radius and a $15 minimum.)