On January 9, Balboa lost one of its original residents and business owner, Amelia Seton. Amelia was the founder of Amelia’s Italian Restaurant on Marine Avenue. For many of us, this restaurant has been on Balboa longer than we have lived. Amelia not only contributed her native Italian recipes but very often ran the kitchen herself.

Although she turned the business over to her daughter in the mid 1970’s, she still continued to spend most of her time here on the Island. Her restaurant has often been called the most romantic dining spot in Orange County.

On your next visit to Amelia’s, whether alone or with a group may I suggest you take a moment to remember one of Balboa’s most beloved residents and what she meant to our community.