The first thing you notice is the LIGHTS. Red, green and white everywhere--and don't dismiss this as a seasonal salute to St. Nick. Those are the colors of the Italian flag! This is Angelo's & Vinci's we're talking here!
And it's more than just lights we're talking. Owner Steve Peck (baptized Stefano Iganizo Apostle Pecoraro) says he wants the whole place--right down to the smells of simmering sauces and garlic and bread--to evoke the spirit of a Sicilian square on St. Ciro's Day. The paintings and photos and religious objects that adorn the walls, meanwhile, compose a very personal and sentimental family album, lovingly collected over the decades. Steve named the place after Michelangelo and da Vinci, his parents' favorite artists.
Peck himself is a dancer/actor who first came to this building in Fullerton in 1971, hoping to use it for theatrical purposes. It dates back to the early 1900s and was a vaudeville house at one time: Pulleys and spotlights still hover high above the checkered tablecloths. To make a long story short, Peck--who often prepared meals for his father's dance students as a child--got into the habit of cooking for his performers, and the tasty meals became so popular that Angelo's & Vinci's was born. The menu remains affordable, and is extensive.