Carmen Miceli

  • Born: March 17, 1923
  • Died: October 29, 2015
  • Location: Arcadia, California

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Carmen Miceli, 92, born on March 17, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, passed away October 29, 2015. He resided in Arcadia, California, at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California

Long time resident of Toluca Lake and restauranteur, Carmen Miceli, passed away quietly at his residence on Oct 29, 2015 .
Born in 1923, he was a first generation American of an immigrant Sicilian family that settled in Chicago.

As a youngster, in the depression years he worked as a singing shoe-shine boy and sold newspapers on the streets. He would find spaces to hide from the icy cold Chicago weather. He would occupy that time reading the newspaper, which made him knowledgeable of all current events and an avid reader and history buff.

He enjoyed his formal education though it only lasted up to and just before high school. For Carmen, his 2 sisters, Carmela and Angelina and 2 younger brothers, Tony and Sam, working took preference over school as the most immediate need of the family during this time was food.

Anxious to get off of the streets of Chicago, Carmen enlisted in the U. S. Army, expecting to be out in a year. But 9 months later came Pearl Harbor. The day he would've been discharged he was on the SS Boroquin heading for Iceland.

His military service took him to England and then to the Hedgerows of Normandy. Under General George S. Patton he participated in 5 major campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge.

In his 4 1/2 years with the infantry he received multiple decorations, including 4 purple hearts. He also received the Bronze Star for carrying a medic to safety across an open field of enemy machine- gun fire.

His return to the states and civilian life brought him to Hollywood, Ca. There he arranged for his siblings to come out from Chicago. Together with his family and his wife Sylvia, they pooled what meager funds they had to start the Original Miceli's Pizzeria in Hollywood in May 1949. Thus began the over 60 year reign of the now renowned Miceli's Restaurants, the oldest Italian Restaurant in Hollywood.

He loved music and was revered by the jazz community. He rubbed elbows with the greats. From Ella Fitzgerald to Al Jarreau. He hosted celebrities from Presidents to the biggest sports figures to the most famous movie stars.

As a disabled veteran, he was active in raising tens of thousands of dollars for the WWII Memorial in Washington DC and in full uniform would visit Veterans Hospital every Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

A member of the Greatest Generation he earned and lived the American dream. He raised six children, giving them all the opportunities to pursue the education that he was denied.

From the very tough streets of Chicago to the Battlefields of World War II, to the heart of the American Dream, Carmen leaves the legacy of a great business man and war hero. But Carmen's greatest pride is the legacy of his children and grand children.