Gourmet Italia restaurant in Temecula turns 20

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Gourmet Italia owner Alex Prestifilippo celebrated his restaurant's 20th anniversary on Oct. 16.
Gourmet Italia celebrated 20 years of serving up Italian food in Temecula’s Tower Plaza Oct. 16. Patrons were treated to the restaurant’s original menu prices and entertainment from some of the same live bands that have played music for guests for the last two decades. The Italian restaurant was founded by Alex Prestifilippo in 1999 and has expanded from a 1,000-square-foot eatery back then to a more-than-7,000-square-foot establishment today. Prestifilippo, who is originally from Sicily, said he emigrated to the United States in 1996, first ending up in Orange County and starting out as a busboy. “Three and a half years later, I had a chance to discover this beautiful town,” he said. At that time he started Gourmet Italia, it was just a 1,000-square-foot eatery next
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