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History

AT CAFFÉ PINGUINI, THE SIGN OF THE PENGUIN PROMISES
DELICIOUS ITALIAN FARE WHERE SIMPLICITY SHINES

When you walk into Caffé Pinguini you can be assured of a warm Italian greeting courtesy
of owners Tony Cotrufo and Enrico Fiorentini.

The two, who hail from Rome, have been running the restaurant, located in the sleepy beach
town of Playa del Rey, for eleven years now, making locals and beyond, happy with daily
specials, hand-tossed pizzas, homemade bread, delicious pastas and a number of simply
prepared chicken, fish and veal dishes.

Caffé Pinguini’s outdoor patio is a popular choice for fans of al fresco dining. With seating
for 50 and plenty of heat lamps, it’s a great choice for either a lunch with the girls, a business
dinner or a great solo escape. The interior feels roomy, with plenty of space in between the
tables. At night, with the lights down and candles lit, the restaurant’s washed walls project a
welcoming hue of copper while the beautiful frescos add to this authentic Italian dining
experience. The vibe is romantic but not cloying. Meanwhile, a group of Italian speaking
gentleman sit at the bar enjoying a glass of Brunello.