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8. Suburban splendor

Along this block you find vintage clothes, a day spa, a yoga venue, a theater company and gallery, a gelato bar and Caioti Pizza Cafe (4346 Tujunga Ave., Studio City), whose salads have long been said to help induce labor in pregnant women. Within two blocks you'll find at least two casting agencies, one dance academy, one acting studio, one spiritual coach/life teacher, and Woodbridge Park, which has a playground, a few shaded picnic tables and a big patch of grass. For the footnote, walk to the Italian restaurant and jazz club at 4349 Tujunga Ave. That's Vitello's, where actor Robert Blake brought his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, for dinner on May 4, 2001, shortly before she was shot to death nearby. A criminal jury acquitted Blake in the killing in early 2005, but later that year a civil jury found him liable for Bakley's wrongful death and awarded her children $30 million in damages, later reduced to $15 million by an appeals court. Blake filed for bankruptcy in 2006. Pictured: Julie von Zerneck, owner of Portrait of a Bookstore
Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times
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