Dexter Filming Locations: Italian Restaurant

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The location:The Italian Restaurant

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. An Italian restaurant.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 3, of Season 8, "What's Eating Dexter Morgan?".

    Debra is in a downward spiral of drugs, guilt and depression, after shooting LaGuerta.

    In this scene, Dexter meets her at this Italian restaurant and attempts to make her feel better.

    He points out a man and his family in the restaurant, and then shows Deb a video of the shootout where she acted heroically to stop the gunman (in Episode 1 of Season 6).

    Dexter shows her, on the video, that the family man is one of the people she saved that day, and that his children wouldn't have a father today if it wasn't for her.

    He tells her that she is a good person, and that she has brought a lot of good to the world.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. An Italian restaurant.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is Miceli's Italian Restaurant, located at 1646 N. Las Palmas Avenue, in Hollywood.

    It's just a few steps south of Hollywood Blvd, and just two blocks east of Hollywood & Highland.

    Established in 1949, Miceli's boasts of being the oldest Italian restaurant in Hollywood.

    And it has quite a Hollywood history.

    As the only place in town where you could get pizza back then, Miceli's attracted its fair share of stars: Elizabeth Taylor & RIchard Burton, Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio, John F. Kennedy, the Beatles... And more recently, Julia Roberts, Warren Beatty and Jim Carrey.

    (They even taught Lucille Ball how to flip a pizza for an episode of her show.)

    It's an old-fashioned, family-run place, with wine bottles on the ceiling, checkered tablecloths, and Dean Martin & Sinatra music in the background.

    Miceli's also has singing waiters.  That started by accident, decades ago, when the waiters sung along with the jukebox, and customers liked it. Today, the singers are likely to be candidates for Broadway show.

    And it's been a filming locations more than once, including the movies "Knocked Up" and Adam Sandler's "Jack & Jill".

Here is a photo of Miceli's from their website:

Here is an aerial photo of the location.  Here is a Google StreetView.
  And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and let me know in advance when something is about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the new first episode airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Suzi, Elaine, Mia, Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.

    Rick tipped me to this one.  But I had recently tracked down the same location when I saw it in the Adam Sandler movie, "Jack & Jill", so I'd like to think I would have eventually found it myself.  (Thanks, Rick! ;)

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