Though they no longer share a wall with Bubblegum Alley, Enzo’s East Coast Eatery, San Luis Obispo’s favorite New York style Italian restaurant, is here to stay, and in many aspects, better than ever. Since Nov. 1, the new-and-improved Enzo’s has been located on 1127 Garden St., next to SLO Brew in the location that was formerly Firefly and Bel Frites. Enzo’s décor could not be any more customer-friendly, offering patrons a comfortable and roomy seating arrangement and an atmosphere adorned with a plethora of photographs, portraits, and other merchandise depicting iconic New York celebrities such as a signed photo of David Letterman in a Yankees jersey as well as countless facets of Italian-American culture, from the Rat Pack to Marlon Brando’s role in The Godfather. Appropriately, during Enzo’s years around the corner at 773 Higuera St., an irrefutably meaty pizza also known as The Godfather became one of their most popular items, along with Mama Michelle’s pizza and their number-one sandwich, the Philly cheese steak. All three dishes are back and still delicious, with the introduction of an even meatier pizza which customers will have to discover for themselves as they browse Enzo’s extensive and diverse menu.
“We were at 773 Higuera for three years,” said Sean Croce, a New Yorker who cofounded the original Enzo’s with San Luis Obispo County native Steve Teixeira, whose own Stolley’s on the Alley will have its grand opening at the end of this month. A father of two, Croce named the restaurant after his three-year old son Enzo, priding Enzo’s as a family business, with his own father Paul Croce as a co-owner. Sean Croce is particularly pleased by the new location’s larger kitchen and the fact that it now has the capacity to seat 34 customers. The less constricted front of the restaurant also allows for better customer service from Enzo’s employees, who can easily check on patrons to ensure satisfaction. Additionally, the fact that SLO Brew is just next door has boosted the restaurant’s traffic, though many regulars of the original Enzo’s still drop by just as frequently.
Enzo’s conveniently late delivery and restaurant hours remain unchanged, closing at 3 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday and 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 544-ENZO (3936).
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