La Viola Closes Down After 35 Years

Five Towns staple was known for its private party catering.

After 35 years in business,  in Cedarhurst served its last meal on Tuesday evening.  

The eatery, located at 499 Chestnut St., was conceived by Lino Viola and his wife Elsa, who passed away in January.

It was originally a French continental restaurant, but shifted its focus to traditional Italian favorites over the years. The menu also evolved, moving from individual portions to family-style dining.

The large store was well-known for its banquet room, which hosted countless parties during its run. Several years after opening, the owners also offered cooking classes, as well as the restaurant’s signature “Opera/Broadway Night,” a unique monthly dining experience.

Lino Viola was unavailable for comment by press time.

Many years after launching their first restaurant, the owners opened up another La Viola in Sysosett, which also closed down several years ago.

Tony August 18, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Hopefully Lino just wanted to retire, but it's a shame nonetheless. Outstanding restaurant. Good people. Nuff said.
penny and michael August 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM
lino always a gentleman penny and michael
JP Broyce September 02, 2012 at 11:40 PM
The LMTC is fortunate to have Mother Kelly`s step up to the plate as the new host of the LMTC annual end of season educational program. This year we are told that three well trained educators will be present..this affords several new and exciting options both in the wide open floor demonstration to the new pole position seminar and eating demonstrations. We can now again expect full participation by the usually soft older members as well as a quick and active response by the younger LMTC minuteman group. Mother Kelly`s has agreed to provide a fully sound proof room affording all participants a Zen-like experience. This oversold event is of course highly anticipated ,a waiting list is posted in the tennis shack .near the lost and found closet. We are awaiting confirmation of the possibility of CE credits..for the following professions..DDS (endodontist),Attorneys (matrionial)..Certified financial planners...all members big and small,some MD`s (GYN) and ,unattached singles
jeff abetter January 05, 2013 at 05:49 PM
What a shame.Lino was a true gentleman and will be missed.Where have all the restaurants in Cedarhurst gone.I miss so many of them.Quite by accident I did find one of my old favotites.I went to The Hewlett Cafe only to discover the old chef from Mel's Seafood is there with the Mel's menu.It was great.I hope to redicover some other of the old Cedarhurst dining experience.
jeff auerbach January 05, 2013 at 05:59 PM
It's not blaming the Orthodox community.It's just nobody comes into Cedarhurst as a dining or shopping destination anymore.Most of them haved moved to a better location where there is more traffic.I found the old Mel's Seafood chef at The Hewlett Cafe.The same of old Mel's menu and thoroughly enjoyed it.I hope lino opens a new place.I enjoyed dining there.He was a true gentleman.


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