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Maddalena Restaurant: Salmon Sandwiches with a Side of History

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Many folks might not know that located within an industrial section of downtown LA sits the San Antonio Winery -- a working winery since 1917. And even fewer people may know that the winery houses a pretty really good eatery, Maddalena Restaurant, within its walls.

The restaurant is part school cafeteria and part semi-fine-dining -- and it's these kinds of quirks that make ventures to Maddalena so appealing. First, diners must walk through the San Antonio tasting bar and wineshop to get to the restaurant. While sipping a flight of wines is awfully tempting, but some bosses might not appreciate you being, umm, sauced at work after lunch.

Secondly, there are no menus to peruse -- only two tables with the actual entrees, sandwiches and salads on display. After looking at the display tables, you head to the lunch line where you tell the sweet old lady behind the counter what you'd like. She yells the order to the back and then you push your tray along the rail to the register. At the register, the servers take over, taking the trays to your seats -- located in a cavernous, but inviting dining area -- and delivering the food later.