Lil' Anthony's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria Closing Friday

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Lil' Anthony's Restaurant and Pizzeria, the pizza staple for Miami lawyers, judges and police known for its Italian menu of pizzas, sandwiches is closing for good. Its last day is Friday.

Strategically-placed across the street from the Stephen P. Clark Government Center and one block from the Miami-Dade County Courthouse, this quaint little joint has been serving pizza and pasta to lawmen as well as other customers for a decade.

The downturn in the economy and rent hikes hurt, says the seven-year owner Rafaelle Scatamacchia. Business has fallen about 50 percent over the last year and a half. "We're taking a break," says Scatamacchia. "It's been nice while it lasted. It's better to be wounded than dead."

The revenue of no more than $17,000 per month is not enough to cover the monthly expenses of rent, food, electricity of roughly $20,000 per month. At times Scatamacchia had to supplement thousands of dollars of his own savings to cover the cost just to keep the restaurant open.

"I feel sad, but I understand the owner, " says Dorel Iscu, who has worked at the pizzeria for six years. "It's business, you know?"

However, Iscu hinted at the possibility that the owner may open up another location on Flagler Street.

Scatamacchia has an option for him to buy the property behind the building where a parking lot is currently located, although he has no plans to do this. "It was never about the money, it's about doing something right when people like your food," says Scatamacchia. "To see your place packed, it's like a high."

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Lil Anthony's Pizzeria - CLOSED

221 NW 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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PeterBelles
PeterBelles

If you people liked it so much, why didn't you keep him in business ?

Bruno
Bruno

The best pizza in town! Will be missed

Rumpole
Rumpole

Great food and this will surprise you- absolutely the best tomato soup in Miami. The best kept secret in Miami. Open again. We will follow you.

Pizza Lover
Pizza Lover

When you show up at Lil Anthony's for lunch, your taste buds start a big party... They know they are going to be treated to some delightful truly Italian dishes.  Rafaelle, the owner, if he happens to be by the counter, greets you with a big smile and says hello to you in his warm italian way, like family.  The waiters are eager to help you and will sit you promptly, efficiently letting you know what delicious specials they have.  No matter what you order, you always leave satisfied, happy, and thinking about the next time you will be back.  The pizza is heavenly; the pasta, to die for; the soups and sandwiches, second to none; and to end a great lunch experience, the Gooey Cake, their signature dessert.  I will miss Lil Anthony, I will miss their delicious pizza, the best in Miami, I will miss the atmosphere, but more than anything, I will miss the warm, kind owners, Rafaelle & Virginia, and the people that work there to make your meal a very memorable experience.

Maru
Maru

The BEST pizza I ever had in my life!!!!

Alglk
Alglk

Rent hike???? Screw the landlord for hiking the rent!!!!. It is not justified in this Market.  However, customers will follow Rafaelle, his great Italian cooking and good service wherever he goes, but the landlord will never get another tenant like Lil' Anthony's.  My children will miss the pasta combo and the goo-e cakes baked by Mrs. Scatamacchia.  We are so sad and we will continue patronizing them wherever they go.  We love Lil'Anthony's!!!!!. 

Aleonardlaw
Aleonardlaw

I'm sad it's closing.  I remember Mr. Scatamacchia in the kitchen cooking the food and his wife taking orders and working at the register. The food was always great and the atmosphere was friendly. I hope they can open another restaurant in the in the area.

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