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Barone’s Famous Italian Res-taurant co-founder Frank Monteleone, who was a well-respected and ever popular presence at the restaurant, succumbed on Valentine’s Day at the age of 95. Still family-owned and operated, Barone’s Famous Italian Restaurant made a successful move from Sherman Oaks to Van Nuys four years ago (13726 Oxnard Street)
In keeping with today’s tight economy, Calabasas-based King’s Fish House and its associated seafood places have suspended corkage fees on wines brought in by patrons (4798 Commons Way).
Also budget-minded, the Hot Dog on a Stick chain has declared Tuesday as dollar day til year’s end for its tasty specialty at ALL locations, including 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd. in the Westfield mall.
Newly arrived in Studio City, Raphael is an upscale, chic, 60-seat dinner house named for owner Adam Raphael, formerly of the Bel Air Bar and Grill. The new venture has a limited menu with an emphasis on fish and seafood prepared with a global flair and presented on square, white china in a sophisticated setting on granite topped tables. Raphael offers beer and wine with 50 vintages available by the glass. It’s a chi chi, somewhat pricey dinner menu nightly with a weekday luncheon (11616 Ventura Blvd.).
Determined dieters are often led astray by a slim-sounding salad for a main course. For example, the grilled chicken Caesar salad at IHOP packs a 1210 calorie wallop while their patty melt slaps softly with just 750. Even major restaurants are re-thinking their menus. The Cheesecake Factory chain now offers “weight management” dishes and small plates, some of which are comparatively light on calories, but may lead you to a sweet conclusion.
A sensible innovation by Heinz Ketchup will make take-out orders less messy and wasteful by putting their product in a prize worthy squeeze packet with a cup-like base for dipping. Now we can have the red stuff on our fries instead of all over our laps and on the upholstery!
Re-fried beans are actually only cooked once, but for hours. Now comes convenience in a can of Trader Joe’s traditional fat-free refried beans. Pre-prep provides the tasty and highly-nutritional product cooked to tender perfection. Best of all, the frijoles are only 99-cents per can. Who could ask for anything more for less?

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