Best of Canyon Country 2018 RESULTS!

| Canyon Country Magazine | October 5, 2018

Best Breakfast
Crazy Otto’s Diner
It was the 1970s when Otto Lindsel left the Pacific Northwest and headed for Southern California, retired from working as a cook for lumberjacks. He decided to share his experience by opening Crazy Otto’s in Antelope Valley. The diner style restaurant expanded to Canyon Country in 2015.

Crazy Otto’s is known for its big portions, not unlike those a lumberjack would like, and for its friendly customer service. Unlike major chain diners, servers at Crazy Otto’s get to know their customers, many of whom are “regulars.”

The food is American, and it’s open for breakfast and lunch. While you dig into your pancakes that fan over the edges of your plate or your gigantic burger and fries, you can enjoy eclectic wall hangings, from railroad tracks to license plates.
Crazy Otto’s Diner
19132 Soledad Canyon Road
Canyon Country, CA 91351

Best Lunch
Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co.
Still a robust business after two decades, Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co. has a solid regular crowd, some whose visits revolve around the time their favorite game is on TV. There’s a natural mix of beer choices and meal options to go with its many sports screens. The restaurant and bar offers salads, sandwiches, pastas, wraps, and a full catering menu. Oggi’s “regulars” get to know the servers, so there’s a happy familiarity for customers.
Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co.
18810 Soledad Canyon Road
Canyon Country, CA 91351

Best Dinner
Piccola Trattoria
Truly authentic Italian food is not easy to come by, but thanks to the Caruso family, Canyon Country has it available every night of the week. Owner Angie Caruso brings her Sicilian roots to the business, serving up homemade pastas, desserts and fine wines at Piccola Trattoria since 1993.


“We make everything fresh and aren’t the speedy option; but we, more importantly, try to provide the experience and the atmosphere to enjoy a great meal with family or friends,” said Graziella Terranova. “Our restaurant is family owned and operated. We pride ourselves in continuing to improve and learning more about what diners expect and what they want and then implementing those improvements.”

The dinner menu has traditional Sicilian offerings with fresh seafood, salads, cheeses and a variety of sauces. Desserts at Piccola Trattoria are handmade, as well, and you can take in the ambience either indoors or on the patio.
Piccola Trattoria
18302 Sierra Highway #107
(661) 299-6952

Best Happy Hour
Casa Vieja
On weekends the parking lot is full at this “Best Of” winner, where loyal customers may be found at least once a week. Casa Vieja serves up authentic Mexican dishes, using quality meats and produce in warm and spicy food. Some people go for the tequila in top notch margaritas and other bar drinks. Serapes and sombreros on surrounding walls make the experience a colorful one.
Casa Vieja
18401 Soledad Canyon Road
(661) 252-9804

Best Thrift Store
Just eight months old, Whimbys is a thrift store that works with local schools and youth programs, providing monetary donations based on the sale of donated merchandise, helping local non-profits with their fundraising efforts.

Owner Tracey Moss opened the shop after seeing her sons’ school fundraising needs. Whimbys gives local schools and youth programs an easy and lucrative way to raise money year round.

“We have a great selection of vintage and antique items and we strive to have good quality merchandise at fair prices,” Moss said. “People walk into our doors as customers, but they leave as friends.”
19371 Soledad Canyon Road
Canyon Country

Best Hardware Store
Paul’s Paint & Hardware
Most of the homeowners on the east side of Santa Clarita have had the chance to meet Paul Dell’Olio, owner of Paul’s Paint & Hardware, which is centrally located, with good visibility to drivers on Soledad and residents of Shangri-La.

Customers get the personalized experience of a locally-owned store instead of a big box bureaucracy. A Benjamin Moore paint distributor, the store carries plumbing, electrical, tools, paint and garden/sprinkler supplies, plus you can have keys cut in the store. Paul’s Paint & Hardware makes screens onsite also.

He carries products for DIY projects, and contractors turn to Paul’s for interior and exterior paint. The store carries specialty coatings for paint contractors.
Paul’s Paint & Hardware
18597 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country
(661) 252-1572


Best Dry Cleaners
SCV Cleaners
After more than 50 years in the business, Albert Naber knows the industry secrets to quality dry cleaning, laundry and tailoring. He first learned tailoring in Rome before moving to the U.S., where he met his wife, Antoinette.

The husband-and-wife team launched SCV Cleaners 10 years ago, and now there are two locations – one in Valencia and the other on Golden Valley Road in Santa Clarita. They pride themselves on offering friendly service here in their own community, where they’ve lived for 30 years.
SCV Cleaners
26547 Golden Valley Road, Santa Clarita
27674 Newhall Ranch Road, #25, Valencia

Best Chiropractor
Dr. Jennifer Vaccaro
New Life Chiropractic and Wellness
With both chiropractic care and nutritional protocols, Jennifer Vaccaro, DC, BS, LMT, CKTP, provides her patients a personalized treatment for a range of needs and a broad range of ages. Her oldest patient was 98 and her youngest was just a few hours old.

“We offer at our practice an unrushed, relaxed, full-body experience,” she said. “Our staff treats each patient with the utmost care for every specific need we see.”

Treatments at New Life include essential oils and various other healing compounds. In her 10 years of practice, Dr. Vaccaro and her staff have worked to ensure that patients leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.
New Life Chiropractic and Wellness
18352 Soledad Canyon Road

Best Auto Shop
None’s Tires
You can choose new name-brand tires or quality used tires from a long list of manufacturers including: Goodyear, Hercules, Firestone, Sumitomo, Dunlop, Pirelli and Kelly Tires.

The staff members at None’s aim to produce a more comfortable ride for customers, plus you can bring your car in for maintenance and repairs. In addition to new and used tires, None’s offers brake services, suspension repairs, tune-ups, air conditioning repairs and wheel alignments.

The shop is open seven days a week and has automotive products and services for all types of cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and commercial vehicles. None’s also has roadside service 24 hours a day. The emergency number is 661-414-2144.
None’s Tires
17205 Sierra Highway
Canyon Country, CA 91351
Phone: (661) 298-1730

Best Pharmacy
It is one of the largest pharmacies in Canyon Country, opening back in 2006 on Soledad Canyon Road. The CVS chain of pharmacies has been serving customers since the 1970s.

The staff members fill prescriptions while also supporting the sale of thousands of goods. “We’re your one-stop shop for all your needs,” says CVS store manager Jodi Skelton.
The management at CVS Pharmacy credits a dedicated group of employees who embrace the company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health.
19424 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country
(661) 251-5444

Best DJ
DJ Greg Barbacovi
Greg Barbacovi, known as “DJ Greg,” has been sharing his many talents with the SCV for decades. He was the DJ for The Broadway at the grand opening of Santa Clarita’s mall in the ‘80s. He played music and hosted Monday Night Football at nightclub Genesis and was entertainment manager at the former Ranch House Inn during the ‘90s.

He’s also hosted SCV’s longest-running dance party every Wednesday night at Mabel’s Roadhouse for nearly two decades. But more than just spinning music, Barbacovi is involved in such upcoming events as Bark for Life, the Fire/Police National MX Series and Red Bull Day in the Dirt.
“I’ve helped plan thousands of live events, ranging from weddings to reunions to dirt bike races,” DJ Greg said. “SCV’s American Cancer Society has made me their ‘voice’ for the past 10 years, and I’ve done many events for the Arthritis Foundation, Parkinson’s Moving Day, and the City of Hope. So from backyard BBQs to five-star weddings at the Biltmore, I offer my clients experience and versatility.”
DJ Greg

Best Tattoo Studio
Revenant Body Art
Tattoos, piercing and permanent cosmetics are available at Revenant Body Art in Canyon Country. It is a custom studio, following safety standards that are above and beyond the Los Angeles County Health Department’s regulations. There are piercings of almost any kind at Revenant, from lobe, cartilage and septum to tagus, daith and helix, plus many more. They abide by the safety standards set by the Association of Professional Piercers (safepiercings.org) and carry the highest quality, biocompatible metals, including implant grade titanium and 14k or higher solid American gold. All of the jewelry comes with a lifetime manufacturer guarantee.

You can visit the website to find price listings and to book an appointment.
Revenant Body Art
27125 Sierra Highway #316
Canyon Country, CA 91351

Best Dentist
Dentistry for Kids and Adults
Like the name says, Dentistry for Kids and Adults offers general dental services for all ages. The Canyon Country practice opened in May of 2002, and the four dentists and their large staff members continue to meet the needs of local residents.

Drs. Gina Dorfman, Alexander Lee, Jeffery Proniloff and Sarah Kent described their dental practice: “When you walk through our doors, you will immediately feel the difference. Our amazing and passionate team is dedicated to providing exceptional dental care in a relaxing environment. We strive to make your dental visits as easy and as comfortable as possible.”
Dentistry for Kids and Adults
18635 Soledad Canyon Road #108

Best Dog Groomer
Bark Avenue Grooming & Boutique
In addition to turning shaggy dogs into pampered and groomed pooches, Bark Avenue has merchandise in its boutique and also offers pet sitting services. Belynda Raine has owned the Canyon Country business for two years.

“I’ve had a fondness for animals all my life,” she said. “I’ve had iguanas, turtles, pigs, birds, cats, and my newest pet is a snake. However, my real passion is working with dogs.”
Bark Avenue Grooming & Boutique
17737 Sierra Highway

Best Car Wash
Water Wheel
Offering a full service car wash and detailing, this 36-year-old company was the first of its kind in Canyon Country. Its rustic exterior makes you think of the waterwheels of yesterday, turning continuously, as staff members also work hard to serve others.

Water Wheel washes most vehicles, from exotics to RVs, horse trailers and boats. Said manager Alex Naber: “Thank You for letting us serve the community of Santa Clarita.”
Water Wheel Car Wash
27567 Sierra Highway

Best Veterinarian
Tami Theis, D.V.M., at Pet Stop
Whether you think of Pet Stop as a store with veterinary services or a veterinarian with a store, Dr. Tami Theis and her staff have been serving Canyon Country and the surrounding community since May of 1993.

“We are a one-stop shop for products and services (grooming, outpatient services),” Dr. Theis said. “Most people are surprised to find out we do full-service dog grooming, as well as outpatient vet services.”
Tami Theis
26870 Sierra Highway, Unit B-1


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