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“Changes are not always good”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Lillo's Tuscan Grille - CLOSED

Lillo's Tuscan Grille
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: zip code 32561
Pensacola Beach, Florida
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85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Changes are not always good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

Our last visit to Lillo's was a little disappointing, the food was as tasty as ever however the portions had shrunk by 30%. Our server appeared to have personal issues and was not nearly as attentive as usual.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Dahary1
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English first
Pensacola, Florida
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Not What We Had Hoped For”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Fall brings more locals to the Beach (us) after the tourists are gone - and as the crowds were jammed around Peg Leg Pete's - we headed back towards the main beach and decided to try Lillo's - tucked behind the Big Ferris Wheel now with 'pink' lights so as not to attract any hatching sea turtles and keep them from finding the ocean's edge. We hadn't been to Lillo's since it was downtown off Palafox Pier before Hurricane Ivan, which pretty much took it out, and at that time it was a little more upscale with good food and varied menu. The decor at the beach - has gone more beach casual, which is great and am sure it brings more families in, and the menu too appeared more family friendly. However, the food seemed decidedly off this night. We opted for a crab cake appetizer and homemade sausage w/ some mozzerella and tomatoes - just ok - could have used some spices - but the crab cake was pretty non-descript. I've about given up ordering crab cakes in Florida - just wait for a visit to Maryland and go crazy. When asked for some bread, the waitress said we could order another appetizer - a 'garlic loaf' ...which turned out to be a roll sliced on the diagonal into 4 slices with a sprinkling of herbs and little oil - minimal taste and poor quality bread. Dinner entree for one of our party consisted of very dried out mussels over linguini and my eggplant parm took a turn on the darkside with burnt edges on the bottom. The pasta for both dishes wasn't at its peak, but the marinara sauce was quite tasty with onions. However, sitting on top of dried pasta it failed to live up to its potential. The guys had spaghetti and homemade sausage - again sausage good - pasta maybe cooked too long and sitting for a spell and my spouse had clams and linguini - needed more garlic - but of the 4 - the two pasta dishes ruled with a score of 5 out of 10. Guys always like to try a cappucino after dinner - however, another Italian restaurant w/ a broken cappucino machine - so settled for a "Milano" coffee - the other choices were Columbian or Costa Rican - not quite up to Maxwell house standards and way under a Starbucks. One couple tried the bread pudding - thinking to add a sweeter ending to the meal - New Orleans style w/ rum sauce - not bad for Italian restaurant; and the Canoli - the best I can offer is do not try it. If you've ever been to an Italian bakery or true Italian restaurant you'll understand when I say - don't go there. The shell was hard, drizzled w/ chocolate - hard to go wrong there, but the ricotta/filling was just shall we say - odd. None of us could figure out what type of ricotta or 'granules' were mixed in the filling - was the cream or milk curdled - no say - but it was not pleasant and had a slight runny consistency. We did ask the waitress, who was quite pleasant and explained this was Italian 'ricotta' cheese - which we knew and loved - and had some cinnamon sprinkled in - but - recommend you stick with New Orleans 'cajun' bread pudding. Don't let the review sway you from going for the pizza - those that passed us looked good. Maybe the food was off tonight - and others will be more pleasantly surprised if you stop in while visiting the Beach. There is a reason most of the locals hit the seafood restaurants on the Beach - next time. I would encourage the manager to refine his recipes and QA the canoli's.

  • Visited October 2012
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Mississauga, Canada
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143 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Excellent small Italian Restaurant.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

Don't be misled by the plaza this little gem is in. Once through the doors the restaurant is lovely inside, and has a full bar. Food was very good ( I had chicken parmesan), and a very good serving. This restaurant also does take-out and was very busy with that.

Visited September 2012
Helpful?
Thank cathleenw920
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Pleasant Surprise!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

On our last night in Pensacola my husband and I wanted something different so we decided on Italian. Lillo's is next to the Observation wheel and across the street from Holiday Inn Resort. When we walked in we were pleasantly surprised by the decor. The bar and countertops glow a nice blue and the lights are kept dim. Prices are very reasonable and portions are large. We had the cheese manicotti, spinach lasagna and bread pudding. They also have an extensive wine list and a relaxing view of the bay.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Katie O
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Huntville, AL
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Neat little hidden gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

Among all the hustle and bustle of the beach is this nice little hidden gem. It's located at the back of a small line of shops and eateries and is nearly impossible to see from the road (hint, it's right next to ferris wheel). Great menu of traditional Italian meals prepared with fresh ingredients. As one would expect, the seafood selection should definitely not be missed.

Visited August 2012
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Thank codelemur
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