Our Story

Welcome to Cantalini’s Express, Cucina Della Nonna

That’s Italian for, “My Grandmother’s Kitchen”

A little history…I was born and raised in California by my Italian Grandparents. My Grandmother, Anna Cantalini, traveled from Italy with her Mother and settled in the Boston area where she married my Grandfather, Giovanni DiGregorio…the rest, as they say, is history.

I spent my youth watching my Grandmother in the kitchen. She made everything by hand, fresh from our garden – simple, delicious food that was made with love.

It is so gratifying to be able to bring the kitchen I grew up in back to life by preparing and sharing the deliciousness of my grandmother’s recipes. I hope you enjoy our wide variety of Home-style Italian food and hand-tossed pizza. While some of our recipes are influenced by other regions, the majority of our dishes have been handed down for generations.

Cantalini’s Express is our satellite catering kitchen and take-out and delivery location in Mar Vista. It is an extension of our dine-in flag ship restaurant Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant, located at the beach in Playa del Rey.

At Cantalini’s Express our focus is convenient delicious fast and friendly home-style Italian meals for take-out and delivery, along with a full-service catering and event planning. We were recently voted “Best Caterer 2014, 2015 and 2016” by The Hometown News and The Argonaut Newspaper reader polls. We invite you to order online or call us for pick-up or delivery to your home, office or event. Delivery can be a simple drop off or full service catering and complete event planning to meet your needs.

Just like the Playa Del Rey location, at Cantalini’s Express we feature homemade pastas like our signature Ravioli and Gnocchi, hand-tossed pizza and garden fresh soups and salads. Our sauces are made fresh to order and we pride ourselves in using only the highest quality ingredients prepared fresh daily.

At Cantalini’s, I have worked hard to keep these simple family traditions alive at our Restaurant in Playa Del Rey and now also at our Express location.

We are proud to be celebrating our 4th anniversary in our Mar Vista location and hope you’ll stop by and say hello. Let us do the cooking - Mangia!

Please download our convenient mobile ordering App for orders on the go. Our menus can be downloaded here: (regular menu) (catering menu)

Mangia! Molte Grazie – It is our pleasure to serve you!
Lisetta Maria