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Oceanside residents were disappointed last month when a popular Italian restaurant closed its doors. Capozzoli's, at 3915 Mission Avenue, had posted a sign that read: “Closed one week for remodeling.” Last week the closed sign became permanent, apologizing for “any inconvenience” and referring customers to their catering website (which has not been updated since the announced closure for remodeling).

The restaurant was popular for business luncheons — and cops; the Oceanside Police Department is located nearby. Prior to November's election, the chamber of commerce held a luncheon for over 100 members, with California state controller John Chiang.

The community's first clue of the closure came when Capozzoli's caterers failed to show up with the scheduled meal for the varsity football players’ pre-game dinner at El Camino High School on November 5. Rumors flew around the Mission Douglas Plaza shopping center that the landlords had locked the restaurant owners out.

On November 29, David Bradley, a rental agent with Cushman & Wakefield (the firm that represents the shopping center) stated they have not been authorized by the landlords to discuss the situation yet. He said that the landlord is working on several issues to hopefully get Capozzoli's back in business.

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Visduh Dec. 2, 2010 @ 9:11 p.m.

If this isn't so typical of Oceanside I cannot think of anything more so. The caterer fails to show up with a dinner that was already booked by hapless El Camino High School. The sign fails to inform of the true situation. The real estate agent cannot talk due to not being authorized by the landlords to discuss the situation.

Oddest thing is that I've never heard of this restaurant before. "Popular ?" Maybe so, but I've been living not far from there for many years, and have never read a review, seen an ad, or heard from anyone of their positive experience with the place. Maybe this is just a reflection of a city with a dearth of decent eateries, a plethora of greasy-spoon taco joints, and a history of failures of really good restaurants. Problem is that it is impossible to tell just what happened here to this restaurant below the radar of discriminating diners.

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SaltyFrazer Dec. 8, 2010 @ 11:42 a.m.

I have eaten there and the food was really good. The decor was nice old Italian style and the staff was friendly. I was told it was a genuine Italian family run place. I went there the Sat after Thanksgiving after golf at O'side muni and was disappointed to see a closed sign. At the time I thought it was closed for the long holiday weekend. Too bad, the food was really good Italian food.

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fablesofthewest Dec. 24, 2010 @ 4:04 p.m.

Surprised by the negative comments- we went to Capozzoli's at least once every couple of weeks. The food was amazing, the service great and the atmosphere cozy and intimate. I hope they get everything worked out, it will be a great loss to Oceanside if they don't.

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