When we opened Gaetano’s in 1993, we were a deli and takeout. Simple handmade foods counter served or brought home. We transformed Gaetano’s into a restaurant in 1995 but the takeout roots stayed with us. We enjoyed takeout because it was a great way to serve a completely different market, ultimately introducing them to come into the restaurant.
Starting in 2010, we started to see a shift in takeout eating habits. Year over year, sales grew and grew not only at Gaetano’s, but throughout the industry. Much of that explosion is due to families becoming busier and relying on feeding their loved ones in a more convenient way. Being that Italian food can travel well, we have always appreciated the growth in our takeout department.
When COVID hit last year, we were stuck doing only takeout. Challenging at first, our team grew to enjoy serving you at your own home. The growth of takeout has only gripped our communities more, which is why I decided it was time to develop a new takeout concept.
Meet Piccini Italian Takeout.
My wife and I joke that it was harder to name this takeout place, than our six month old, Nico. But seriously, it was. The phonetics of the name needed to be easy for us Americans to say and at the same time, there needed to be meaning.
We went through thousands of names, got the opinions of many people and settled on a name that we both liked and felt it resonated with our family at this time. Piccini in Italian means, “Little Ones.” Since we have two little ones, it made sense. The pronunciation of it is “Pee-Chee-Nee”
4642 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, 90503.
The cross street is Anza and we’re right down the street from West High. We chose the location because it is a newly remodeled shopping center and there are a lot of families in the area.
Pizza, Pasta, Salads and Sandwiches. Handmade, authentic foods made to order. We’re still finalizing the menu, but you can view a rough draft HERE.
Takeout and delivery. We also will feature curbside takeout, when you pull up, just shoot us a text and we will bring the food out to your car.
Teg Sanghera and Jose Gomez have been with Gaetano’s each for four years. Teg is our front of house General Manager and Jose is our Assistant Kitchen Manager. Teg will be floating between Piccini and Gaetano’s, and Jose will be managing the kitchen at Piccini. They are both amazing at what they do and I’m so excited to see how they will help develop Piccini.
We are now hiring! If you or know someone that may be interested, please forward this link to them.
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My number one goal throughout this process is to make sure Gaetano’s still serves the best quality food by the most hospitable people. We have been developing current team members and bringing on new team members fill the absence of Teg and Jose. I’m confident with the team we have created, Gaetano’s is in great hands.