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Arnie Wishnick Way Signs Revealed

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Dozens of Community Members Gathered for the Unveiling Along Antioch Street

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

The legacy of late beloved community member Arnie Wishnick has been further cemented with a commemorative renaming of a portion of Antioch Street in his honor.

Community members gathered at the corner of Via De La Paz and Antioch on Thursday, January 16, for a special unveiling celebration of Arnie Wishnick Way signs.

The signs have been in the works since Councilmember Mike Bonin filed a motion at the start of July 2019, following Wishnick’s passing in April 2019. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to approve the renaming of Antioch Street between Swarthmore Avenue and Via De La Paz on Wednesday, September 25.

The ceremony was emceed by longtime Palisadian Sam Lagana—who attended wearing a tie of Wishnick’s that was left to him.

Lagana began with a quote from Will Rogers: “What constitutes a life well spent, anyway? Love and admiration from your fellow men is all that any one can ask.”

“I think that sums up Arnie Wishnick in a great way because look at this corner—it’s filled with life, it’s filled with energy, it’s filled with people who would walk this way to say hi to Arnie,” Lagana shared before explaining he first got to know Wishnick when he worked in the Palisades in the banking business.

Bob Benton, president of the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce, then took the stage to share a few words about what having the signs placed so close to the Chamber office, where Wishnick worked for 25 years, meant to him.

“As you look at these signs on the street forever, you’re going to have memories and all I have to say: Arnie has left us but will never be forgotten, especially on his street,” Benton said.

Lagana then introduced the next speaker: Bonin, touching on the fact that Wishnick had some influence in many of the things the councilmember does for the Palisades community and beyond.

“As Sam said, I come from a small town back east and the Palisades has always reminded me of that,” Bonin shared. “It’s a place where everybody pitches in to do stuff, but there are always a few super heroes. The person that everyone looked up to, the person that inspires everybody, the person that makes things happen—and that was sure Arnie.”

Bonin thanked Wishnick’s family members for sharing him with the community throughout the years, adding that the “legacy and the imprint” that he left will not soon be forgotten.

“There’s two meanings to what we are doing today,” Bonin continued. “One is the naming of Arnie Wishnick Way. The other is an acknowledgement of what the Arnie Wishnick Way was, which was living a life of service, living a life of love, living a life of just joy and constantly giving back. Arnie Wishnick Way is not just a street name, it’s also a way of serving the community and living their life.”

Lagana concluded with echoing thanks to Wishnick’s family members.

“Jackie and Audrey, I want to say thank you for sharing Arnie with us,” Lagana said. “You allowed him to dream big and do so with conviction, determination, resourcefulness, passion, faith, hope and love.

“Arnie has retired to the great society walkway in the sky to share stories and watch what good is being done down here today. May we all try to live up to his expectation and standards.”

Potrero Canyon Park Eyes April 2021 Opening

Addressing the Pacific Palisades Park Advisory Board

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

After decades in the making, Palisadians now only have to wait a little more than one year for Potrero Canyon Park to open.

Due to rain delays, the park, which, at the time of the ground breaking in January 2019, was slated to open in 2020, is now projected to be complete in April 2021.

Officials shared park construction updates at two recent meetings: the Pacific Palisades Community Council and Pacific Palisades Park Advisory Board.

“They’re finishing up the rough grading phase and then they’ll be moving into the landscaping phase that’ll be going out to bid soon,” Lisa Cahill, Brentwood-Palisades Deputy-Environmental Liaison for Councilmember Mike Bonin, said at PPCC’s January 9 meeting. “Everything is moving forward really well and the departments are doing a great job.”

When complete, the 46-acre park will feature picnic areas and provide a pathway from Palisades Recreation Center down to Pacific Coast Highway. There will be riparian landscaping, scenic ocean views, further access to nearby hiking trails, ADA bathrooms, as well as fences and gates to ensure adherence to park hours.

Cahill explained that the Bureau of Engineering is working on Potrero, shoring up the canyons because of landslide issues in the area. The park phase is “the icing on the cake.”

“We’ve been working a long time making sure that cake is very sturdy and then we’re going to be putting in the icing,” Cahill explained. “This is the part that’s been really exciting, because we’re going to start to see what it’s going to look like and hopefully it will be what it’s intended for all these decades, which is a lovely centerpiece for the Palisades.”

She shared that Bonin is committed to putting a bridge to provide safe crossing from PCH to the park, a facet that was part of the original plan.

Project Manager Pedro Garcia, who works with the city of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, echoed the same sentiment about the bridge at the January 15 Park Advisory Board meeting.

“What is the status of the bridge connecting the parking on PCH to the park?” Board Member Rick McGeagh asked.

The bridge has not yet been started due to funding, Garcia explained, but once the park is completed, remaining funds would be used to start the bridge.

Garcia added that with the construction of the park, there will be 31 additional parking spots at Palisades Recreation Center.

Officials are still in the process of figuring out what to do for the additional trash that will be created at the park, as the sloped canyon does not provide a suitable area for bins. One option being considered is combining the trash with the Palisades Recreation Center, which is currently housed in a maintenance yard.

Both meetings touched on the incoming wildlife permeable fencing that will be “compatible with current community needs and wants” and also “consider wildlife and ecological implications,” Cahill reported.

The fencing has not yet been decided, but “hopefully soon.”

PPRA Files Opening Brief in Eldercare Facility Lawsuit

The site of the facility in 2017
Photo courtesy of Chuck Larsen

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

The battle to build an eldercare facility in The Highlands continues as the Pacific Palisades Residents Association prepares to take the city of Los Angeles and California Coastal Commission to court.

The PPRA is appealing exemptions and approvals by the city and CCC of the project: a four-story, 45-feet-high, 64,646-square-foot eldercare facility by Brentwood developer Rony Shram.

The PPRA filed its opening brief on Tuesday, January 7, which contains the petitioner’s argument and the grounds of why the suit should go forward.

“The Residents Association filed this lawsuit so that a judge—an impartial person who’s not influenced by lobbyists—can decide the issues,” said Sarah Conner, PPRA president.

The lawsuit was originally filed on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, as a “petition for writ of mandate”: a request for a court order that demands a government agency to follow the law or correct prior actions.

The brief alleges the numerous ways the project violates city ordinances and state laws. Notably, the city exempted the project from the California Environmental Quality Act as an “infill development” and was granted a Class 32 exemption.

The brief argues that the project site is not an infill site, is not an infill development, that the city illegally granted the Class 32 exemption—and that the court must reverse that illegality.

When exploring the technicalities of the site, it was found that the project does not comply with building regulations. At 64,646 square feet, the project exceeds what the Zoning Code would allow by 20% and should be no more than 54,000 square feet.

The Brentwood-Pacific Palisades Community Plan states that no structures should exceed 30-feet in height: The proposed project is 45 feet in height and would be the tallest building in the area. Currently, all the structures in the neighborhood comply with the height limit.

The brief goes on to state that the project is not in conformity with the Coastal Act in accordance with Public Resources Code provisions, which state that a new development should “minimize risks in high fire hazard areas,” as the project site is in a Cal Fire Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone with limited access.

At large, Highlands residents are concerned about safety, having experienced fire evacuations in 2019.

“The fire department protocol requires them to address the needs of the proposed eldercare center as a priority, limiting the ability to address the needs of the rest of the community in an emergency,” Highlands resident Joe Halper said. “We have learned a great deal from the recent Paradise and Woolsey fires and our own fire on Palisades Drive that did not permit the Highlands residence to evacuate the area.”

PPRA tried to engage in settlement negotiations with the developer, but he “failed to respond to the PPRA’s settlement overtures,” according to PPRA attorney Tom Donovan.

Developer Shram was unable to comment to the Post on the litigation.

The city, CCC and Shram must file their Opposing Briefs on or before February 14 and the PPRA may file a Reply Brief on or before March 2.

The trial is scheduled for 9 a.m on March 12 at the Norwalk Courthouse.

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

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Palisadian Teen Cancer Survivor Seeks Donations for Competition to Help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter 

Sixteen-year-old Matt Fahn never questioned the outcome when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma on October 11, 2018, at the age of 14.

His story began two years ago when he woke up one morning and found it hard to breathe.

“I told him to go to school and see how he felt,” his mother, Alphabet Streets resident Jewlz Fahn, explained to the Palisadian-Post. “Later in the day, he told me when he would take a deep breath, his back hurt. He was on the junior varsity football team, so I thought he cracked a rib.”

Matt started playing tackle football for the first time in ninth grade at Palisades Charter High School. His father, Terry Fahn, played in high school at Beverly.

Matt worked hard over spring and summer, earning himself a spot on the varsity team. He was a nose guard, number 51.

“When I went to pick him up from practice at the end of the day, Matt told me he needed to go to the doctor,” Jewlz continued. They discovered Matt had a fever and an elevated heart rate.

“The doctor thought he had pneumonia and sent him for a chest X-ray,” Jewlz explained. “She put him on antibiotics, and the X-ray came back fine.”

When less than a week later, Matt still wasn’t feeling right, the doctor sent him to the ER.

“They thought he had a blood clot in his lung, so they did a CT scan and found an enlarged lymph node under his arm,” Jewlz said. “After another round of antibiotics and ultimately a biopsy later, my 14-year-old son was diagnosed with HL Stage 1A.”

“I never had any doubts that I was going to make it through,” Matt shared. “I was just focused on the future. I always thought to myself, ‘I’m in this situation, I can’t mope. I’ve just got to move through it.’”

Jewlz noted that he lost his hair—but not his spirit.

Photo courtesy of Jewlz Fahn

“HL occurs when white blood cells called B-lymphocytes become abnormal and begin growing and dividing so fast that normal cells in the immune system cannot keep up,” according to the City of Hope website.

In 2020, approximately 8,500 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with HL, the American Cancer Society reported. Of those, around 85% of those cases will be curable.

“I had to go through four rounds of chemotherapy in three months,” Matt said. His chemotherapy began on Halloween 2018 and continued through his 15th birthday, November 21. Unable to attend school, he took online classes.

A determined individual on and off the football field, Matt knew it was a matter of being positive, keeping his routine as much as possible and taking the necessary steps to overcome his illness that would give him a good chance to become healthy again—and that’s what he did.

“I didn’t want anything to be treated differently,” Matt explained. “I’d still hang out with my friends. I’d still crack jokes. I just wanted to keep a normal lifestyle, and that really helped me.”

Matt finished his chemotherapy on January 11, 2019, and was able to rejoin his classmates at Pali High in February. From there, his mission became to help others.

“Our football and Palisades community rallied and brought us three meals a day for three months straight,” Jewlz said. “They were amazing.”

Jewlz explained that she went on Twitter to post a thank you video after returning from Matt’s second round of chemo. The video went viral, with professional athletes, coaches and others sending Matt encouraging videos and messages.

Matt received inspiring personalized videos from athletes Kobe Bryant, Rob Gronkowski, Matthew Stafford, Daniel Rodriguez (former Clemson receiver and Army veteran) and Teemu Selänne.

He received tweets from Ben Roethlisberger, Steve Kerr, Leonard Williams, Josh Dobbs, Rex Chapman, Omri Caspi, Fred Lynn, Ashley Brewer and Matt Hasselback, as well as a radio interview, personalized video and tweets from Johnny Manziel of Barstool Sports.

Walking his dog, Lucky

“A hockey team in Canada sent him a signed hockey stick,” Jewlz shared. “The video was viewed over two million times, retweeted 36,000 times, had over 54,000 likes and more than one million comments.”

When Matt’s video was trending on Twitter, one of the organizations that reached out to him and offered their support was the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a nonprofit organization funding new research and helping families who can’t afford their treatments.

“When LLS first got in touch with me, I knew I wanted to participate in this,” Matt said. “I really wanted to get involved with them and give back.”

LLS has a yearly event called Students of the Year (SOY), which is a fundraising competition run by a handful of teams of high school students who compete to raise the most money.

“On January 11, Matt went into remission. On January 12, Matt spoke at an LLS event,” Jewlz said. He went on to raise $17,000 for a SOY campaign when he joined a fellow survivor’s fundraising team.

“Matt won Teammate of the Year for the most money raised by one person,” Jewlz said, adding that he was nominated to run for SOY himself. The competition aims to cure blood cancers, and every dollar raised counts as a vote.

This year, Matt’s team, “Tackling Cancer,” began a seven-week fundraising campaign on January 16.

“Matt has a big goal of $200,000—but curing cancer is a big goal and he is taking it on,” SOY Senior Manager Madeleine Hamingson said.

Jewlz shared that Matt has already procured commitments for $5,000 to $10,000 from two companies.

“I didn’t do this for everyone to say, ‘Good job,’” Matt explained. “When I was going through chemo, I would always think to myself, ‘What if I had to stay for longer? How bad would it be?’ … I saw all those little kids … Even if I was 7 years old, I would have the same mindset. I really just wanted to give back.”

Photo courtesy of Jewlz Fahn

For Matt, it’s not about celebrity or material things, it’s about doing what it takes to help other kids and people affected by this disease.

“Matt’s passion and competitive nature make him an incredible contender for the title of SOY here in Los Angeles,” Hamingson said.  “While his story is incredibly compelling, his desire to raise money to take care of others who are impacted by the disease and not make it about him is incredibly mature.”

Now that Matt’s been clear of cancer a year, he still goes for a scan every six months, but he’s also looking toward the future.

Matt plans to take the SATs, attend a good college and pursue a career related to sports: perhaps sports medicine or sports agency. He just finished his varsity season on the football team at Pali High.

“I’m trying to stay healthy for football,” he added. “I actually gained weight on chemo. I try to go outdoors and go hiking. When you don’t have something for so long—like I couldn’t go outside—you really appreciate stuff more.”

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Neighborhood News

PPTFH to Discuss Demedicalization of Mental IllnessPalisades Branch Library

The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness will meet Monday, January 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss the topic “Demedicalization of Mental Illness: How Changing Attitudes About Mental Illness Allowed People to Languish on the Streets?”

The distinguished keynote speaker will be Dr. Joel T. Braslow, UCLA professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences. He will discuss causes, consequences and how to address the issue.

The meeting will take place at the Palisades Branch Library, located at 861 Alma Real Drive. For more information, visit pptfh.org.

—JENNIKA INGRAM


Security Updates | Pacific Palisades

All parents, adult visitors and stakeholders should be prepared for increased diligence ensuring adults are visibly wearing Palisades Charter High School IDs/badges during school days/hours when visiting, according to a Board of Trustees operations reported, handed out on January 14. The reinforced security measures will help the security team easily recognize who should be on campus.

— JENNIKA INGRAM


PPDC Annual Meeting | Pacific Palisades

The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club will host its annual meeting on Sunday, January 26, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club.

The event will feature addresses by Councilmember Mike Bonin, State Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymember Richard Bloom.

Jeff Klein, manager of voter education, outreach and community relations at the LA County Registrar of Voters, will explain the citywide new voting system—Voting Systems for All People—which will be used for the first time in the March primary election.

The event is free and anybody is welcome to attend.

—LILY TINOCO


A Night on the Boulevard Saint-GermainPacific Palisades

Graycen Gardner
Photo courtesy of St. Matthew’s

The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s continues its season with “A Night on the Boulevard Saint-Germain,” featuring the music of Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Georges Bizet and Jean Françaix. Graycen Gardner will be the featured soprano for “Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallaremé.”

The concert will take place at St. Matthew’s Church on Friday, January 31, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.

For tickets and information, call 310-573-7422.

—LILY TINOCO

Malibu Coast Animal Hospital Adopts Palisades Animal Clinic as ‘Sister Facility’

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Palisades Animal Clinic in Marquez Knolls was slated to reopen its doors on Wednesday, January 22.

Doctors Dean Graulich and Dana DePerno from Malibu Coast Animal Hospital offered to take over the practice after Veterinarian Dr. John Condello retired from PAC on November 1. Graulich and DePerno have been operating Malibu Coast Animal Hospital for the last 15 years.

“My husband, Dr. Dean Graulich, and I have known Dr. Condello for many years and when he expressed interest in retiring, we jumped at the chance to be of service to the Palisades community,” DePerno said to the Palisadian-Post.

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DePerno, Graulich and Dr. Lisa Newell will be sharing duties at the Palisades clinic, and will be offering a full range of diagnostic services, including radiography, ultrasound and in-house laboratory testing.

The clinic is equipped for comprehensive dental care and minor surgeries. Major surgical procedures and hospitalization will be referred to the Malibu location, and patient transportation will be offered to clients.

“We are really looking forward to getting to know the community and joining the local small businesses that make the Pacific Palisades so special,” DePerno shared. “We lost our home at the west end of Malibu in the Woolsey fire last year and have moved closer to the Palisades while we rebuild. We feel that fate has led us in this direction and we are thrilled.”

The Malibu Coast Animal Hospital staff is looking forward to its expansion: David Marler, the hospital’s administrator, shared that it’s a great opportunity and a great portion of their business came from the Palisades already.

And they aren’t the only ones who are thrilled.

Palisadian Richard Burton commented to the Post about his labrador, Dashiell, being treated at Malibu Coast for severe skin allergies. Burton had taken Dashiell to three other vets before visiting Malibu Coast, and was pleasantly surprised when Dashiell’s allergy symptoms remarkably improved within just a week of visiting the office.

“It’s a very well-run office and the doctors are always super methodical and considerate,” Burton said.

Palisadian Nancy Jackson shared her excitement for the expansion as well.

“I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews, many of the local residents have been driving their pets up to the Malibu location because they have such high regard for the staff and vets there,” Jackson said. “Our residents and pets will benefit greatly from having them here.”

Pali High Board of Trustees Discusses Extending School Calendar

Photo by Jennika Ingram

The Extension Would Account for Potential Future Fire Closures

JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter

With fires affecting school closures for three years in a row, the Palisades Charter High School Board of Trustees met on January 14 and continued to assess whether fires are part of the weather pattern and if additional days should be added to the school calendar.

“We may have to look at our calendar and set aside fire days,” Dr. Chris Lee, assistant principal and director of academic planning and guidance services, said at a previous board meeting in November 2019. There are currently 175 school days per school calendar year at Pali High.

In the last couple of years, teachers were paid during emergency school closures because the school received a waiver from the state, according to Steve Klima, an English teacher at Pali High and UTLA representative, but “we’re not going to know until after,” if that’s the case.

Klima indicated that after receiving feedback from a survey, some teachers at Pali High were concerned about planning for the potential closures.

At the January 14 meeting, an official letter from the California Department of Education was shared with members, explaining schools can claim daily attendance credit during emergencies. The advisory, created in February 1990, was revised in February 2005.

A change in the school calendar to include potential school closures for fires “would be a material change,” Klima explained.

When a charter school determines that it is “necessary or desirable to seek an amendment of its current approved charter,” the district must approve any proposed change before the change can be implemented, according to the LAUSD website.

“While some proposed changes to a charter may be deemed non-material and, therefore can be handled administratively by the Charter Schools Division, any amendment that would constitute a ‘material revision’ of the charter must be approved by the governing board of the charter school and the LAUSD Board of Education.”

Potential dates to extend the school calendar discussed are December 18 and June 10.

Lee pointed out that the state mandates emergency closures if they have occurred consistently for five fiscal years, which will be the case if the trend for fire closures at Pali High continues for another two years.

“I don’t want to vote on anything tonight … I think that would be putting the cart in front of the horse,” Board Member Rick Steil said.

The board came to the conclusion to wait to vote on the matter until the school’s faculty could contribute more input and more negotiations could take place.

April 30 is the deadline for the 2020-21 school calendar.

Local Teen to Represent the Palisades in Upcoming Pageant

Photos courtesy of Alexandra Zacky

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Though she has only lived in the Palisades since August 2019, Alexandra Zacky is all in.

Born and raised in Sherman Oaks, Zacky’s father took her and her brother when they were young to see the town he grew up in—Pacific Palisades—and they said they loved it and that they wanted to go to Palisades Charter High School someday.

Now, after a few months of living and loving it in the Palisades, Zacky will soon be representing the community at the upcoming Miss California Teen USA Pageant as Miss Pacific Palisades Teen USA.

This will not be her first pageant: Zacky also earned the title of Miss Young Philippines USA 2018.

“It honestly first came up for me as a complete surprise,” Zacky shared about getting involved in the world of pageants.

About two years ago, Zacky, who is half Filipina, was searching for a traditional Filipiniana dress and the dressmaker coincidentally ran the Miss Philippines USA pageant.

“I had just gone through a lot of depression and anxiety, a lot of struggles with my own self-image,” Zacky recalled. “I wanted to take a chance and prove myself wrong about all of these awful thoughts that I’ve had about myself, and I just thought, ‘Why not participate in a pageant?’”

Now she’s hooked. Zacky said that she’s been bit by the pageant bug and has not stopped doing it since.

To earn the title of Miss Pacific Palisades Teen USA Zacky shared that she went through a “rigorous” process, where she submitted an online application, information about herself, a headshot and why she wanted to compete.

“They would give you a title if they thought that you were ready to compete,” she explained. “I was fortunate enough to get the Palisades title.”

Zacky shared that she finds there are misconceptions about beauty pageants and that it’s not all about looks—it’s about confidence in your own skin.

“It’s gravitated to a level where you have to feel comfortable in your own skin because that confidence radiates toward the judges,” Zacky said. “They’re not looking at you and if you’re the most fit or if you are the prettiest out of all of them, it’s just about how you feel with yourself.”

Zacky hopes that she can use the platform that pageants give her to work with organizations like NAMI and The Trevor Project.

“It’s really important to me,” she shared “I want to be an advocate for mental health awareness and mental health for teens, so I want to dedicate as much time as possible to really bring a lot of attention to those organizations and hopefully bring up some funding and make a difference in something.”

Her proudest accomplishment through pageantry so far that she was able to do after winning her first title was to take an advocacy tour to the Philippines.

“On my sweet 16, I asked for no presents, just donations from everybody who attended,” she explained. “All of the money I collected would be put 100% toward that advocacy tour in the Philippines—not even paying for tickets or hotels, just all of it for charity.”

Over the course of the tour, she was able to visit her mother’s hometown with her sister queens from Miss Philippines USA. With the $3,400 she received at her sweet 16, Zacky was able to give 1,000 meals, provide 500 kids with school supplies and fund a dental program for 100 kids.

“It was amazing … that I was able to build a platform like that and do something,” Zacky shared. “That was one of the biggest things that I wanted to make sure that I did for my reign. Every time that I ever have a title, I want to make sure that I do something with it.”

This year’s Miss California Teen USA pageant will take place in San Gabriel on January 23 through 26 at The Arcadia Performing Arts Center. If selected as Miss California Teen USA, Zacky will advance to the Miss Teen USA competition.

Edo Little Bites

Photos by RICH SCHMITT Staff Photographer

15215 Palisades Village Lane
Pacific Palisades
424-581-6515
palisadesvillageca.com/dining/edo-little-bites
Price: $$


By MICHAEL AUSHENKER | Contributing Writer

Located next door to See’s Candies and across from The Draycott at Palisades Village, Edo Little Bites arrives in Pacific Palisades with an incredible culinary lineage.

The eatery represents the latest creation of Chef Edoardo Baldi of e. baldi Ristorante and Edo  italian baretto in Beverly Hills, along with Giorgio Baldi on West Channel Road, which offers legendary A-list dining. With that kind of reputation preceding it, you can bet that a lot of care and curation has gone into designing the Italian-accented treats here.

The creative offerings here focus on healthy breakfasts, including fresh pastries, salads, sandwiches and toasts. It accounts for some clean lunch and dinner fair.

Beef Filet

And there is plenty to choose here breakfast-wise, from the recent California favorite Avocado Toast to Sfogliatella, made with apple and ricotta, and another classic, Sesame Bagel & Lox. We opted for Poached Egg Lyon, a mountain of ingredients, including turkey bacon, frisee, micro parsley, croutons and the much-promised ouva, which explodes with yolk with every bite.

There are solid starters here, including Roberta’s Meatballs, a mighty big pair lathered in marinara sauce (and named after Edoardo’s mother).

Roberta’s Meatballs

When I look back on my entire dinner, the personal pizzas were flat-out my favorite delicacies here, and I strongly recommend them. I adored the Four Cheese, a nice, crispy crust, layered with savory mozzarella, parmesan, burrata and fontina—and I can literally eat one of these every day. Ditto the Burrata with Truffle Oil, an astounding option that lives up to its name, and we also enjoyed the Margherita and Prosciutto pies.

Portion-wise, these pizzas are just right—not too big, nice and light—you won’t walk away feeling bloated after lunching on one of these, but you will feel satisfied.

After the pizzette, salads are Edo ’s strongest suit, and there are many to choose from. We tried two varieties: e.Baldi’s Famous Roasted Chicken, which offers shredded white-meat poultry with mache, frisee, scallions, avocado and celery, and Beef Filet—amazing cuts of medium-raw filet mignon on top of a bed of mixed greens, tomato and avocado. If you’re favoring fish, no problem—they have Smoked Trout, Grilled Salmon and tuna options.

Minced Tuna & Black Olive Cream

Sandwiches is another category in which Edo  excels. I found the Minced Tuna & Black Olive Cream delicious, but with an asterisk. It comes pressed in rustic country bread (pain rustique with cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese) and served with lemon aioli.

When it was served hot, I didn’t particularly enjoy this entry, even though all of the ingredients were fresh and pure. However, I really liked my leftovers the next day. When I ate it cold, it was definitely more appreciated. So, depending on how you side with hot tuna may dictate whether or not you should order this sandwich. They do have plenty of other options, such as Grilled Cheese Panino, Ham & Brie and Prosciutto & Mozzarella.

Edo has a bakery that creates its exclusive delights, and it’s one of those dessert menus that really has no wrong moves. Flourless Chocolate Cake, moist and scrumptious, is certainly not as dry as it sounds. An Apple Tart did not last long on our plate, either.

The Bambaloni—miniature donuts—come plump with chocolate, vanilla crème or strawberry jam. Depending on the time of day, there is an array of fresh croissant—plain, almond and au chocolat—that pair well with a Caffe Mocha or Mint Mocha, both of which are not sickeningly sweet but subtle. There is also a full range of espressos, macchiatos and cappuccinos. (No alcohol is served here.)

Sweet selections

A highly recommended beverage route: enjoy one of their signature Fresh Juice Bottles. We partook in Strawberry Lemonade and the exceedingly fresh-tasting Grapefruit, but they also sell bottles of Orange and Mint Lemonade flavors.

Not quite restaurant, not quite shop, Edo  is a most curious anomaly at Palisades Village, and I very much enjoyed their commitment to Italian authenticity. For instance, they go out of their way to serve only an imported coffee brand (Lavazza).

Probably the location’s greatest flaw, though, is that it’s a bit short on indoor seating and atmosphere, particularly on the very cold winter night when we dined there. It’s basically more of a quick-stop spot than a sit-down venue. Seating is very limited indoors while the outdoor space was not favored in cold weather. However, when the Palisades warms up again, the ample patio seating is definitely the way to go.

But my nitpicks here are minimal: Edo Little Bites is definitely worth devouring. General Manager Shantala Caloni is very hospitable, informed and attentive, and she goes out of her way to make every customer feel at home.

So go try these most-enlightened morsels and, when the sun works in your favor, linger on the patio and stay a while.

‘Steel Magnolias’ Finds Laughs, Tears During Opening Night

The cast
photos by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By LILY TINOCO| Reporter

Theatre Palisades’ opening night of Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias,” produced by Sherman Wayne and Martha Hunter, takes the audience through a captivating whirlwind of emotions.

On Friday, January 10, champagne glasses circulated the lounge area of Pierson Playhouse as attendees mingled before the play.

Producer Wayne joined guests in the lounge and stopped to talk to the Palisadian-Post before attending to the stage.

“It’s always a lot of friends on opening night, I come out here and see a lot of familiar faces,” Wayne said. “It makes it really nice.”

Jean Sharp, one of the many familiar faces, shared that she has lived in the Palisades since she was 8 years old and has a lot of fond memories at the theater.

“I love coming here, I love live theater, it’s very inspiring to me,” Sharp said.

Shortly after, guests began to take their seats and were ready for the show.

“Tonight you might laugh, you might cry,” Wayne said to the audience. “This is a beautiful play, you’re going to have a great time.”

The play, set in 1988 in Louisiana, opens to two ladies getting to know each other in a salon.

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto (Jessica Hogan), who just moved to Louisiana, is hired by Truvy Jones (Courtney Shaffer) to work in her beauty salon, and together they capture laughs as Annelle learns Truvy’s philosophy: “There’s no such thing as natural beauty.”

Eventually they are joined by M’Lynn Eatenton (Maria O’Connor), her daughter Shelby (Grace O’Neill) along with Clairee Belcher (Catherine Rahm) to get ready for Shelby’s wedding that afternoon. The ladies joke and bicker as the night goes on.

Suddenly Shelby has a hypoglycemic attack and a heavy silence fills the room. The ladies quickly work together to tend to Shelby, while the audience comes to understand the severity of Shelby’s disease.

O’Neill offers a strong, emotional performance and captures the audience’s heart as her character continuously longs for a future that might push beyond the limitations of her body.

The play then passes through time and unveils the heartbreak of loss and the joy of new life.

Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” was written in remembrance, in honor and as a way of coping with his sister’s passing of complications from diabetes. Theatre Palisades’ production captivates the audience as it follows a dynamic, all-female ensemble who collectively exude resilient strength through their character’s personal challenges and highlight the beauty of friendship.

“The cast works extremely well together, they’re very close,” Wayne mentioned to the Post. “This group of ladies have really come together to focus on the show and their part in it.”

Performances will run through February 16: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for students and seniors.

For tickets and reservations, call 310-454-1970.