1991: In search of a new life of opportunity, the Bozoghlian family—Carlos, Azniv, Maximiliano, Rodrigo, and Gerard—depart Buenos Aires on a one-way ticket to Los Angeles.

1996: Feeling nostalgic for home and recognizing a need for a centerpiece of authentic Argentine cuisine and hospitality in Los Angeles, the Bozoghlians open Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse as a home away from home for friends, family, Argentine ex-pats and the Los Angeles community.

With Mom as the restaurant's culinary force, Carlitos Gardel begins to flourish as the family develops its connection with the community.

1997: "Papas Fritas Provenzal" (garlic fries) are introduced to the menu, becoming an immediate sensation and capturing the attention of the media and Los Angeles food sophisticates.

Azniv becomes known as "Mom" to frequent patrons and new guests, expanding the menu to introduce original desserts. The "Postre Gardel" is born: sweetened white cake layered with peaches and cream, merengue and house-made dulce de leche.

Reviews for the high quality cuts of beef, detail-oriented service, and hand-crafted pastries soon follow.

Max joins the notable Bodega Weinert winery and begins an intensive education on wine, soon becoming a Certified Sommelier.

Respected local food critics begin to take notice.


2004: Carlitos Gardel is recognized for its Fine Dining and secures a position in ZAGAT's dining guide and is recognized in the Los Angeles Michellin Guide.

2008: Carlitos Gardel maintains its intimate, professional service as the growing online community of reviewers takes notice.

2014: Carlitos Gardel is awarded "Best Steakhouse" and "Best Service" in Los Angeles by Citysearch and Opentable.