Food lovers who frequent Japantown, a.k.a Little Osaka, perhaps recall with warmth and a salivating imagination, the once family-owned Italian pizzeria & trattoria Clusi Batusi (kloozee-batoozee) that welcomed a wide demographic of food lovers from 2012 to 2014.
The restaurant not only served every day Italian staples such as pizza and pasta made with high-quality ingredients, but once a month, offered reservation-only regional Italian themed dinners with wine pairings that showcased owner Chef Gargani's true passion and excellent talents.
It was a gem in the truest sense, known and kept to those intuitive palates that discovered the delectable value of genuine quality at an affordable price. I designed the logo after Chef Gargani's cat Clusi Batusi, with a shining wine glass in the center and created a character after the cat that appeared throughout the branding.
* Chef Gargani's new restaurant in Paso Robles is slated to open in spring of 2018 !
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