Gourmet Italia invites pubic to 20th anniversary

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Gourmet Italia has been open in Temecula's Tower Plaza for the last 20 years.

Gourmet Italia in Temecula is inviting the public to celebrate its 20th anniversary this Wednesday.

The restaurant, owned by Alex and Charity Prestifilippo, opened in Temecula’s Tower Plaza in 1999 and has remained there ever since.

The celebration at the restaurant will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.  Guests can enjoy live music and order off the restaurant’s original menu, which Gourmet Italia Business Manager Angela Souther described as having more “simplified” offerings — and at 1999 prices.

“The whole idea of when Alex came here from Sicily is bringing authentic Sicilian food to Southern California,” Souther said. “It’s a more limited menu and we of course will be honoring the original prices as well. We’re kind of going retro.”

Souther said the live entertainment at the anniversary celebration will be provided by many of the bands that have been playing at the restaurant since its opening.

“There’s quite a few of them that have been with us since day one,” she said. “They’ve helped us a lot over the years.”

And guests will be able to enjoy offerings from the owners’ adjacent wine bar, Poggio Leano, which sources all of its wines from local vines in De Luz, Souther said.