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D'Amore's Ready for Soft Opening

The restaurant at the Point Dume Village will serve pizza with gluten free crust, organic vegetables, naturally raised meat all with a choice of vegan cheese.

D'Amore's Famous Pizza has plans to open its second location in Malibu this week.

The soft opening is set for Friday, Feb. 1 at the Point Dume Village and will only offer pizza and salads, according to owner Joe D'Amore, who plans to be on hand to talk to customers.

"All the veggies are organic and the meats are hormone and steroid free. They are natural, grass-fed, even the sausage and everything," D'Amore said. "Of course we have vegan cheese and gluten free crust and our regular dough is imported from Italy along with the water."

The menu will be expanded to sandwiches and pastas once more equipment arrives in the coming weeks. The official opening will be shortly after that, D'Amore said.

The restaurant is opening at the former location of Point Pizza Malibu, which closed on New Years Eve after the landlord, Zan Marquis, opted not to extend the lease and bring in D'Amore as part of an effort to offer a healthier menu.

D'Amore's Famous Pizza has another location in Malibu at 22601 Pacific Coast Highway.

J. Flo February 03, 2013 at 09:23 PM
"I will challenge your use of the word "powerless" to describe HyeSong. Yes, she was "powerless" at that eleventh hour, but, the way to have "power" as a tenant is to sign long term leases or shorter term with options. That required commitment. If you want less power and less risk then you sign shorter term leases. You might think to renegotiate your lease and lock up an extension, or look for another space. HyeSong is a very sympathetic figure in all of this and my heart goes out to her, but she (opted) to be at the mercy of the landlord. " You cast (I think the word you're looking for is - ) aspersions all over here. That she didn't have "commitment". You imply that she hadn't had long term leases and didn't try to get them. You then state that she "OPTED to be at the mercy of the landlord". That she made a choice to be at the mercy - that she wasn't smart enough, committed enough or cared enough about her business. None of these aspersions are based on facts.
J. Flo February 03, 2013 at 09:30 PM
opt  (pt) intr.v. opt·ed, opt·ing, opts To make a choice or decision:
J. Flo February 03, 2013 at 09:34 PM
You've made assertions that are not based on the truth. I, too, would ask people to base their comments on fact. as·ser·tion noun 1. a positive statement or declaration, often without support or reason:
Jonsie February 03, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Can't wait for mr Switzerland to do a blog about his business.
J. Flo February 04, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Junior, I agree with you on making healthy choices. Organic is good - Hye Song was also in process of serving organic pizza, giving customers that choice.
Elizabeth Anthony February 04, 2013 at 03:24 AM
As someone with celiac disease, I have to eat gluten-free. I am very happy that D'Amore's will be offering GF crust, and I look forward to enjoying their pizza. Nothing against Point Pizza, but I couldn't eat there.
Charles Lee February 04, 2013 at 05:15 AM
Hello Bob, I find your comments rather condescending. You make it seem like Hye Song was some uneducated person that did not know what she was doing and had no business savvy. If you did not mean to sound that way, then you should go back and read your comments. I will correct your statements here with the facts you desire. The original owner of Point Pizza had a 5 year lease with 2 options for a total of 15 years. Hye Song purchased that business and took over the lease. When it came time to renew the lease, Hye Song was able to get 5 years plus one 5 year option for a total of 10 years. She tried to get 2, 5 year options, but the property was up for sale at that time and the owner would not budge. As everyone knows, Zan purchased the property and the rest is history. If you want the truth about our lease negotiations you can read my posts on the Point Pizza Facebook page. This comment is for Elizabeth. I would be careful about eating gluten-free pizza in that particular store if you have celiac. We told the landlord we could not do gluten free because there is not enough space in that store to have a separate prep area that would be free of the regular flour. Also, I would not even feel comfortable doing gluten free without a separate oven.
Bob Perkins DDS February 04, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Charles Please tell me what I said that was "condescending"?, even remotely.... I said nothing inaccurate about her lease because I said nothing about her lease other than to say that she was in a position where her lease was over and exposed to termination by the landlord. This is just a very bizarre venue, and one I will gladly withdraw from.... I was out carrying a sign for point pizza on the street corner.
Hans Laetz February 04, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Let's start with "very few "facts" flying around on this, or any other story of it's kind...lots of emotion expressed innuendo style...Maybe some inquiry is needed there. I would suggest that we adhere to the facts...and not innuendo and slander." That is DRIPPING with smug condescension. We have read the facts, as presented thoroughly by you. Many of us have reached different opinions and conclusions than you. You are entitled to your opinion, and to express them. We are entitled to ours, without your CONDESCENDING remonstrations, thank you.
Bob Perkins DDS February 04, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Hans Yes, we all have our opinions and mine aren't any more valid than yours. If you say that Zan was wrong in not renewing HyeSong's lease I won't argue with that. I wouldn't have terminated the lease if I were the landlord, based on what I know. But, it doesn't ever stop there. There is a lot of collateral damage that goes on when people are allowed to say anything they want (often hiding their true identities). Saying that a pizza slice cost $10 when it actually costs $4.50, using this highly flammable public forum to say that someone is "sleeping" with someone and indirectly implicated in a suicide, careless accusations that were spewed (mob style) regarding Savory-gate. It's wrong, it's careless, and it's irresponsible, and it can destroy lives. I have a friend whose life was devastated over innuendo that "caught fire". He'll never be the same again. Where is the ombudsmen? This is very tabloid-sequence and it seems to be getting worse. In my opinion, way more harm than good. If this were a court of law, 90% of this stuff would be thrown out, inadmissable. The Patch cares a lot about stray dogs and threatened businesses, and that's great and noble, but it should also be the caretaker of truthful and accurate and civil discourse, not a platform for innuendo, slurs, and ad hominem attacks. You have some great opinions, in general, well researched, etc.. They are probably better than a lot of my opinions...this isn't about opinions!
Hans Laetz February 04, 2013 at 05:15 PM
And you don't find lumping Jae, me and the others in with the abusive jerksjust a tad bit condescending? Really?
Cece Stein February 04, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Right on Bob. The irresponsible behavior could be easily stopped if PATCH used a blogging platform to moderate comments. I have clients who's blogs have over a million page views a month, more than 300 comments in one thread alone and would never allow those attacks and threats to be posted on their site. The buck stops with PATCH ultimately.
Bob Perkins DDS February 04, 2013 at 05:59 PM
The message goes to everyone, myself included. If I contribute to the "problem" as I have defined it, then someone is welcome to call me out. It takes a "village", right?
M Stanley February 04, 2013 at 05:59 PM
It's time to ask for balance and responsiblity of everyone posting on this thread, not to ask that Patch turns into a Nanny News source. How about I inject one small video of a past Malibu resident who is loved by many and could use our collective energy to pray for his fight against Alzheimer's? We can unite in many more issues than we allow ourselves to sink into arguments over! Try A Little Kindness - even if you simply listen to Glen's opening statements it's worth putting up here. Thanks for the opportunity Patch, we can police ourselves if we make the effort and recognize each other's voices without snark, innuendo and blame. We have a choice, make it a Mad Monday or a Mindful Monday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX7NNMKBPsw
Bob Perkins DDS February 04, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Totally agree, CeCe!
Cece Stein February 04, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Thanks Bob and excellent suggestion Mari - a very inspirational video. It's a shame there will be those unable to really "hear" and implement your suggestion because of issues none of us will be able to do anything about ( hence the need for mandatory moderated comments ). Until this beautiful message sinks into the masses that will embrace your thoughts, how about the energy in this thread go to the fundraiser for HyeSong? Her supporters been tossing around this idea for some time now. All personal issues aside, it would be a nice way to act upon your message of kindness by helping HyeSong and leaving this negativity behind all of us.
J. Flo February 04, 2013 at 09:20 PM
The idea of a fundraiser came up from the very beginning by her supporters as a way to help her launch a new business in a new location. People would need to understand her personality more, to comment accurately. It's her choice. Her futures plans are her's alone to make, when she's ready, she'll immediately have the full support, love and help from hundreds of Malibu residents who will always hold her dear! It's so much more than pizza . . . :) Thank you to Hye Song for her decades of care in Malibu, it is not now and won't ever be forgotten!
Kim McGee February 04, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Jae, You are SO right. This is now and always has been about much more than pizza! It's about humanity and doing the right thing. It's about compassion and consideration for our fellow human beings. We love you Hye Song! And we'll support you any way we can...
Bob Perkins DDS February 04, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Great points, Jae and Kim.... That's some real traction!
Di February 05, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Too bad the PIZZA isn't "mafia-style" !!!! :-}
Di February 05, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Too bad the PIZZA isn't "mafia-style" !!! :-}
Junior February 05, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Bravo!
J. Flo February 05, 2013 at 05:47 AM
There is no "bravo", there is no location for her in West Malibu. It is a heartbreak.
hellwood February 05, 2013 at 08:34 AM
this is like being kicked out of the house by the wife just to find out that your back stabbing neighbor who smiles at you every day had plans to move in all along. which scumbag do you blame?
Junior February 07, 2013 at 03:48 AM
j. flo- "bravo" is to folks having a little more of a sane dialogue than what was going on earlier on this page, that's all.
Jill Nani February 07, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Point Pizza could have made all the "adjustments" (organic flour and so on) in the world and would never have attained the quality of D'Amore's pizza. Were it my strip mall, I'd want D'Amore's in that retail space. Should a landlord be forced to continue to lease to a "lesser" business because that business has been there for 25 years? At what point should a landlord be allowed to make tenant decisions that he/she feels will positively impact his/her overall business? Should the landlord have no say in this matter?
Bob Perkins DDS February 07, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Uh oh, bar the doors, get under your beds, I can hear the sound of shotguns being loaded.... Jill, you are one brave lady.
Hans Laetz February 08, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Jill made a statement of her reasonable opinion. Others disagree. She did not accuse others of being wrong on the facts, or of being emotional, and she did not lecture people. People who may disagree with her, like me, do not automatically "load shotguns." Can you see why some people have objected -- not to your opinions about Point Pizza -- but to your opinions about us?
hellwood February 08, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Jill, The landlord could have just flat out said to point pizza, "your pizza sucks...you need to split, and take all of your noisy loitering punk kids with you!", but he didn't. The weasel made up a lie that if she made all the "adjustments, she could stay. When these kind of things happen to people we care about, we can have a say in the matter as well.
Jody Kern February 12, 2013 at 06:30 AM
Called Point Pizza's old number today around 4:45 and they answered, "Point Pizza" and I said, "REALLY?" to which the gentleman replied, "Hello, D'amores, how can I help you?" I said well, which is it, Point Pizza, or D'amore's?" "This is D'Amore's." "So why did you answer Point Pizza?" "No, this is D'Amore's." "So you answer as Point Pizza, then change it to D'amores, and you are using Point Pizza's phone number?" "Yes, the number has stayed the same." "THAT'S GREAT." *CLICK* Pretty sweet when other people's decades of hard work just fall right into your lap, eh? Good for yooouuuuuu! BOYCOTT D'AMORES!!!

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