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“Very Good Italian food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Johnny Russo's Italian Kitchen

Johnny Russo's Italian Kitchen
Ranked #1 of 53 Restaurants in Banning
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Monterey, CA
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Very Good Italian food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

My wife and I were on our way to Phoenix for a wedding and decided to stop in Banning. After checking into our hotel (Holiday Inn Express), we walked down the street to Johnny Russo's Italian Kitchen. The food was very good. I had Italian wedding soup which was delicate and deliciously flavored. My wife had a salad which was crisp and fresh. We ordered the Italian trio dinner for two and it was very good. We shared fettucini Alfredo, lasagna, and a chicken dish. My wife loved the Alfredo the best and I really enjoyed the lasagne. It came in a little boat and was very cheesy and tasty. I think it was homemade. The ambience was nice there and the servers were pleasant and good at their jobs. I would stop there again.

  • Visited February 2012
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English first
Los Angeles, Ca
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good local Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2012

Every place needs a good local Italian spot and this one is it for the Beaumont/Banning, Ca. area. Basic Italian comfort food. (Love the meatballs)! The sauce tastes like someone's grandma is in the kitchen. Servers are nice, hometown kids with good manners! Prices are moderate and you always have enough for lunch tomorrow.

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Beaumont, California, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Italian in the Area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2011

I eat here at least once every couple weeks. The food is the best italian around but the staff is the real reason I eat here so often. Very friendly warm staff and its hard to find that these days. Chains like olive garden are going downhill and its nice to eat somewhere that keep exceeding expectations.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“An Italian Denny's!!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2011

My wife and I saw all the five star reviews and decided to give it a try...it looks and feels exactly like eating at an Italian Denny's! The salad was literally just lettuce and cheese and the food was for people who don't want to pony up the extra $10 to go to Olive Garden. If you're looking for a nice night out on the town, avoid this place at all costs! If you're leaving the outlets at Cabezon and you have a family of 10 and want passable 909 Italian grub, this is the place for you! At least the staff was great!

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Thank Jevin5899
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San Diego, Calif
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great place and great prices, the real deal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

Try the Osso Buco, you will love it. The eggplant parm was light and crisp, so flavorful. You will love the owners, so nice. Everything is loving prepared. Generous portions, I could not finish my meal. Give it a try, you will be glad you did.

  • Visited June 2011
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