After 63 years of serving generations of diners affordable Italian fare, Banchero's Italian Dinners has closed its doors for good on June 4, 2012.
The restuarant, which employed 33 staff members including some family, Banchero's closed on Monday, June 4. John Banchero Jr. said he came to make this difficult decision due to several factors including the down turned economy and working countless seven-day work weeks at the restaurant.
Originally opened by his father, John Banchero Sr., in 1948, John recalls working at the establishment at the young age of 13 — starting from the kitchen and working his way up to become owner.
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First off Ken O and I headed over to the Shattuck Theater in downtown Berkeley to watch the documentary movie "The Manzanar Fishing Club".
The movie started at 1:50 PM on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. We headed to Hayward after the movie and arrived at Bancheros around 3:45 PM.
|Ken at Bancheros|
|Checking out their hours|
|They only open for lunch on Sundays|
Bancheros is not a gourmet restaurant. They just serve old fashion comfort food at a very reasonable price. At one time there were many, many Italian Family Style restaurants in California, but like the old Basque restaurants they are a dying breed.
|Extensive Take Out Menu|
|More Take Out items|
|Bancheros has been around since 1948|
dessert: your choice of orange sherbet, vanilla or spumoni ice cream
|The Family Style Dinner is the way to go|
|They also have Family Style Pasta Dinners.|
|We had to order a half loaf of Garlic Bread to share.|
|A very tasty soup|
|Hors d’Oeurves and the salad|
|The raviolis and spaghetti|
|Here's my plate with a piece of Garlic Bread|
|Ken eating his pasta|
|We both ordered the Fried Chicken which is a half a chicken. Since it was still early they even cut the chicken into pieces for us. We also had a few oven roasted potatoes and veggies.|
All this food and drink for $35.29. Plus we did leave a generous tip.
|For dessert a nice dish of Spumoni.|
|Ken eating his dessert.|