Our Story2022-11-23T05:50:13+00:00

October 1970


Mario’s Italian Delicatessen got it’s humble beginnings in La Habra, California in 1970 when John Lascari, called “Mario”, decided to start out on his own and purchased a small Italian deli with his wife Gail. The two were highschool sweethearts, and ran an Italian market together.

October 1973

Mario is working hard behing the deli counter.

Celebrating 3 Years

Mario’s Italian Delicatessen quickly became a neighborhood favorite! The La Habra Daily News published an article commemorating the Third Anniversary.

May 1975

Mario and Gail are standing in front of their original location.

Mario’s Original Deli

Mario and his wife Gail standing in front of the original deli location.

October 1987

Photo of the first Lascari's Italian Restaurant.

The FIRST Lascari’s Restaurant Opens

Quickly Mario’s customer’s had come to love the quality and taste of his Sicilian style cooking. John then decided to open up a new location in Whittier in 1983, and word got out!

November 1995

John and Gail stand in front of the beautiful wine rack inside their Whittier restaurant.

A Family Affair

As time passed and the business grew, John and Gail were joined by their oldest children, which freed them up for the day-to-day running of the restaurant. Since then, Lascari’s has completely remodeled the main location in Whittier, and has opened additional locations.

April 2010

100,000 VISITS

From the beginning, Mario’s and now Lascari’s, has seen changes and continued growth, but there are two things that will forever remain the same: our treasured family recipes—including our famous lasagna and linguini with clams—and the joy and pride we take in sharing them with our guests.

We invite you to come in and enjoy a meal with us so we can continue to serve you for the next 50 years.

Pictured is one of the many menu designs we’ve had through the years. Circa 2010.

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