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Antonia Lofaso: Scopa and Black Market chef, and 'Busy Mom'

Antonia Lofaso is chef and partner at Scopa Italian Roots in Venice and at Black Market Liquor Bar in Studio City, but she started her culinary career making corn dogs at Hot Dog on a Stick in the Sherman Oaks Galleria and as a host at Chin Chin in Studio City. Before graduating from the French...

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