Genovese’s Italian Kitchen self-serve dine-in is open

By Jewelyn Co

Chef Hugo, left, Chef Aricia, right, and their daughter, Anaiz.

With spring in full bloom, the beautiful garden at Genovese’s Italian Kitchen, 2900 W. Main St., and patio dining remain open with a few adjustments to their services since the pandemic business closures in March 2020. Business has been running quite smoothly for Genovese’s since its re-opening in 2019, but when the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions began, this family- operated restaurant had to make some changes to ensure customers could still enjoy fresh quality traditional homestyle Italian food.

Chefs and owners Hugo Molina and Aricia Alvarado have learned that the only way to survive is to work together and stay focused. "It has been a rollercoaster because of all the mandatory restrictions for restaurants to close then reopen,” they said. “We had to figure out how we could operate with less staff, restricted dining, and supply shortages. Having a team that is versatile helps getting the business running because you need a team that can pull each other's weight.We have to stay united.”

In the beginning of the pandemic, Genovese’s restructured to stay in business by offering special meal boxes and made deliveries throughout Southern California to such far away locations as Corona and San Juan Capistrano. They also offered pizza kits to create and bake one’s own pizzas, giving families and children some activities to do. With very kind donations from supporters, Genovese’s was able to provide meals for medical workers and essential workers during the initial times of the pandemic.

The significance of the health and safety of staff and customers is important to Genovese’s, and they take all measures possible regarding social distancing and sanitizing all areas. One of the changes in Genovese's is the dining service. They are currently not offering full dine-in service yet customers can still dine in with a self-serve system while practicing health and safety protocols. “We had some misfortunes at times with our equipment being stolen outside on our patio, but we are very fortunate to already have our dining patio set up because we did not have to go through the process of getting a patio dining area built like most restaurants had to do. We count our blessings every day. We are grateful for our customers for support and for our local police for assisting with patrolling and keeping our area safe,” Ms. Alvarado explained.

Genovese’s freshly made-from-scratch full menu items of great selections of pastas, sandwiches, and salads are available for takeout and delivery only. One of the most popular dishes is the Margherita pizza made with extra virgin olive oil, garlic base, fresh mozzarella, garden picked basil, and tomatoes. A must try is the shrimp scampi pasta dish, balanced with blended flavors of fresh herbs, butter, garlic, chopped olives, and cooked with sauteed shrimp with white wine, then served over angel hair pasta. Soon to be added to the menu are pressed paninis sandwiches, new itemed pastas, prosciutto, and salads. Buffalo fries debuted during the Super Bowl and are still available to be ordered. Beverages, beers, and wines are available for ordering to go. Lunch menu specials are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday.

Their new restaurant hours are noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and closed Monday and Tuesday. Customers can phone in orders, walk in, or order online via third party delivery services such as DoorDash and Postmates. Genovese’s will soon offer direct online ordering through their website. Order takeout by calling them at 626-289-5667. Follow them on social media @genovesesitaliankitchen on instagram, and @genovesesalhambra on Facebook. Visit their website at www.genoveseskitchen.com for menu, online ordering, and restaurant hours information.


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Nov 2021


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