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Tasty Tidbits: Karen Young's Valley Restaurant Roundup

Find out what's in, what's out, and specials around town in this roundup of restaurant news around the San Fernando Valley

Studio City's Pepe's NY Pizza recently opened its second location around the bend toward Universal City in the Lankershim/Ventura strip mall. Get it by the slice or the pie. The pizza is super thin and the eggplant pizza is a must-try. There's salads, sandwiches and pastas too. 11946 Ventura Blvd. (818-358-2233) and 10604 Ventura Blvd. (818-762-2335).

More "over the hill—L.A. way" restaurant talent is staking claim in the 818. The owners of Allora Cucina Italiana on West Third Street in Los Angeles are opening Ancora Cucina Italiana in La Finestra's old digs in Tarzana.  Look for this new eatery to open in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned. 19647 Ventura Blvd. 

If you haven't tried Baskin-Robbins' Mini Cones, you should check them out. They're perfect for a party. Buy a pack of 16 for $14.99. Customize and mix and match your favorite flavors or pick up ready-made packs at Baskin-Robbins stores. Call first for special orders and to make sure they are in stock.

IHOP restaurants are celebrating the beginning of apple harvest season with their new Caramel Apple Sensations starting at $4.99. This limited special menu ends October 2.  Breakfast items, including the Caramel Apple Crisp Crepe and the Apple Fritter, are available all day long. 

If you like to dance, are a fan of Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, and into Facebook, this one might be for you. Upload a 35 second video of yourself doing a "Cappy Dance" on the Facebook application through September 21 — that means what you look like when you get really excited visiting Capriotti’s. Facebook fans will have until October 3 to vote on their favorite video. Winners will be announced on October 5. Prizes include a free small sandwich for all participants who entered a video and five runner ups will be awarded a free-subs-for-a-year prize. The grand prize for the best Cappy dance will be “35 Years of Free Capriotti’s Subs” for the lucky winner. "Like" Capriotti's on Facebook and find out how to enter.

If you love lobster, you might want to take a drive to The 15th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival  September 9-11. Lobster dinners include steamed lobsters, melted butter dipping sauce, coleslaw, roll and watermelon. The event will also feature entertainment, art and craft booths and more. Prices range from $13-$15 per person admission (no food included) to $25-$35 (including admission and a lobster dinner). Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach.  

Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of MYDAILYFIND.COM, a lifestyle site with a free subscriber newsletter about where to eat, shop, play in the 818.

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