Condolence & Memory Journal

Still think that at least once a week to call Carmen to check on races. Can not help it. Force of habit. Still miss my old friend. God rest his soul.

Posted by denny mclaughlin - colorado springs, co. 80919, CO - Family Friend   October 29, 2018

I interviewed Carmen on the Normandy battlefield on June 6th, 1984 for a video I produced, 'D-Day + 40 Years'. He led a group of vets back there many times. Back in LA, where I lived for thirty three years, I was a regular at Joe's shop and we were golf pals. Carmen would come in and we would enjoy a couple of drinks and many a great story. My dad passed away at 93, October 29, '85. His WW1 Victory Medal hangs in Carmen's medal display case. Carm was a true friend, more fun than ten guys and always 'Better Than The Game'. Think of you often Sarge.

Posted by Chuck Pennock - Hobe Sound, FL - Friend   March 21, 2016

What an amazing man and awesome contribution to our society. I went to school with Jim at Notre Dame High, and would stop at Miceli's to order food and had birthdays there. My prayers to the Miceli family

Posted by Patrick Darcy - Irvine, CA   November 19, 2015

It is amazing how quickly you became part of our lives in such a short time. My only regret is that we didn't record you and your many stories. You lit up when you told some of your stories. You will be so very missed by both Clarke and myself and thank you for the music, laughter and friendship.

Posted by Rockie - Arcadia, CA - Friend   November 09, 2015

Carmen was a warm and friendly gentleman that will be missed everyday. He used to come and see us at The Drinkers Hall of Fame while they were preparing his supper next door at Matt Denny's, and before he ordered his drink, he always asked me "What are you doing for New Year's Eve?" "Do you want a date?" He knew that always made me laugh. I have the utmost respect for Carmen, not only for his accomplishments, but also for being my friend. It is with a heavy heart, that I say farewell until we meet again my friend.

Posted by Miss Holly - Arcadia, CA - Friend   November 07, 2015

I'm sure there are many that considered Mr. Miceli to be their best friend. I know that my father, Frank Klaus felt that way about him. Not only was Carmen Miceli the hippest cat alive he was also probably the most soulful. A close (adult) friend of mine met Carmen at my dad's "second line"-style memorial service, and at the end of the day said: "When I grow up, I want to BE Carmen." My husband, Stephen and I will fly out for the Monday service. There is just no way that we would not be there. What a dragno more Carmen!

Posted by Marilyn Klaus - New York, NY - Admirer   November 07, 2015

Carmen was simply "one of a kind" and I will always love and cherish him. My memories are too many for words but we traveled the world together, I had my wedding party in the basement of his Hollywood restaurant and he meant the world to me. He was a great man and a legend. He will be greatly missed. RIP Carmen.

Posted by Reed Wallace - Hollywood, FL - friend   November 07, 2015


what a great man he was .. i use to love to hear his stories when he would come to visit me at dhof...i use to to ask him for his "ID" before i served him... he thought that was to funny... always smile and very funny always a gentleman... i will miss him very much ...condolences to family god bless his soul...

Posted by dawn - arcadia, CA   November 06, 2015

Carmen. as we all know was' one of a kind' we the people who worked at Santa Anita just loved him... loved to hear his storys and adventures . as well as his bravery when in the service for our country. a real mans man... hope you are hearing some great jazz up there Carmen we love and will miss you Carol Mossuto

Posted by CAROL MOSSUTO - LA VERNE, CA - FRIEND   November 06, 2015


I was very close to pianist Bill Miller and took care of Bill's house from 1991- his passing in 2006. Bill introduced me to Carmen at the very beginning of our friendship and I grew to love Carmen, he was a wonderful man and Bill, guitarist Al Viola and I spent many night together hanging out with Carmen, beautiful memories I'll have with me all of my life. Someday I hope to see Bill, Al & Carmen, I'm sure they'll be sitting at a bar when I get there, (to jazz heaven) and hopefully a great jazz band will be playing...Sincerely and with love,

Maggie LePique

Posted by Margaret LePique - Glendale, CA - friend   November 05, 2015

Warm thoughts to the Miceli clan. Thank you Angela for such great childhood memories, and those wonderful holidays at the Miceli home. Just ate with family at the Hollywood and Universal restaurants last month on a visit to Toluca Lake. Carmen was a good man. Love to you.

Posted by Joe Reisman - OR   November 05, 2015

In times of trouble Carmen was there - a kind and caring friend to the end.
In loving memory,
Barbara Palermo

Posted by Barbara Palermo - Woodland Hills, CA - friend   November 05, 2015

God Bless...Rest in Peace. My condolences to the family and thanks for all you gave to this world sir! God Speed. With Love, Billy Salvadore

Posted by Billy Salvadore - Sherman oaks, CA - Family friend   November 04, 2015

We are so fortunate to have known such a special extrodinary man. As Carmen used to say, "Forget about it". But we will never forget you. You will forever live in our hearts and prayers. May you rest in peace. We love you. Our condolences to his family.

Posted by Karen & Tim - arcadia, CA - Friend   November 04, 2015

In Loving Memory to a FUN Friend, one of a kind. Frank met Carmen in 1957 when he made pizza in the front window of his restaurant. We spent many nights singing til 3am by the piano and many fun times in Palm Springs with Carmen. Awarded Four purple hearts for a guy that had a big warm welcoming heart for everyone. Where will you be New Year's Eve? With you Carmen Always and Forever. With Very Heavy Hearts your friends, Linda and Frank Corrente

Posted by Linda and Frank Corrente - Beverly Hills, CA - Friend   November 04, 2015


My father would bring a pizza home in the 60 ties after midnight and he would say to me I am as old as Micelli's. He loved the place. My sincere sympathy for your loss.

Posted by Eva - Hollywood, CA - customer   November 04, 2015

We solute you Sir, you will be missed but never forgotten. While in the glory fields I know you will protect us all and keep a good tip for that pretty lady or gentleman who walks by looking lost. May your drinks stay full and your bets be cashed. It was a honor to be your friend and to hear your endless stories. Godspeed Carmen.

Posted by Casey Gould    November 04, 2015

Carmen was a class act. When he entered a room the energy would increase exponentially and the evening would be filled with storytelling and laughter. He loved celebrations and taught us all how to live life with intense passion. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. What a life to celebrate!

Posted by Dr. & Mrs. Shawn Fornari - Porter Ranch, CA - Friend   November 04, 2015

Carmen - YOU will be sorely missed! Never met a nicer guy! We will all miss you & your beautiful sense of Humor! Gosh, I am without words. We all loved you!

Posted by Deda - Monrovia, CA - Admirer   November 04, 2015

It was always a pleasure speaking to you about restaurant business, we shared a lot .It was one hellof a run you had .Don't forget to too box the exacta

Posted by greg - Arcadia, CA - friend   November 03, 2015


Carmen was my best friend, my hero and a credit to our country. All Americans owe Carmen a debt of gratitude for his service and his example. My condolences go to his family and friends.

Posted by Denny McLaughlin - Colorado Springs, CO - My best friend & my hero   November 03, 2015

Angela-we went to Corvallis together.,I remember going to your house for a spring fling rehearsal and your parents were so kind. I always enjoyed a trip to Miceli's for great food and atmosphere. I am sorry for your family's loss and will keep you in my prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Posted by Krys Schmidt Thibault - Cumming, GA - Went to high school,with Angela   November 03, 2015

Carmen was such a wonderful friend to us and we had so much fun together every year. Carmen was just like my father as he would always tell it like is. We love you and will miss you so much. You will always be with me at Del Mar and Santa Anita. Love and see you one day again. Aloha!!! Randy & Mona,

Posted by Randy & Mona Smith - Hana, HI - Great Friend   November 03, 2015

Thank you for making the world so special and teaching us so much. We are so blessed to have gotten to spend the time together that we shared. Your spirit will go on forever in our hearts. We will never forget you and never meet another like you. We love you and we are forever grateful for all of the good times we had together.

Posted by Ian & Amanda Kruljac - Arcadia, CA - Friend & Admirer   November 03, 2015


Honorable service to his country, his family, his employees and his customers. RIP Mr. Miceli.

Posted by Michael Toerge - Admirer   November 03, 2015

I was 19 when I started working at Miceli's on Cahuenga. Miceli's was unlike any other job, at least for me, it meant family and I will forever be grateful to the man who created such a place and to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Miceli family. Love always,

Posted by Victoria Attanasio - Morgan Hill, CA - Friend   November 03, 2015

I love you Dad.

Posted by Angela Miceli Doheny - Newport Beach, CA - Daughter   November 03, 2015