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“a very nice and good restaurant”
Review of Lillian's Italian Kitchen - MOVED

Lillian's Italian Kitchen
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Description: Lillian's Italian Kitchen opened quietly on July 4, 2007. It's a joint venture of the owners, Joe and Charlotte Moreno and their sons Chris and Matt. Long time residents of Santa Cruz, the Moreno's dream was to open a neighborhood place that was an extension of their family kitchen. The inspiration was Grandma Lilly's wonderful home cooking. Lillian was devoted to family and friends and her life was greatly fulfilled by her love and passion for cooking. Born in Yonkers, New York, Lillian was able to combine traditional Sicilian recipes learned from her parents and the many Italian influences in her neighborhood. Executive Chef Chris honors Lillian's family recipes as well as offering a variety of fresh and creative additions to the menu while Matt makes sure guests feel at home. Good food, good friends, great prices and straight from the heart. Tutti a mangiare!
Carson, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“a very nice and good restaurant”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

very nice place to eat. has very good food, especially the lasagne and the home salad. nice service and across the street there is a free parking

  • Visited April 2014
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Santa Cruz, California
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49 reviews
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“I ordered from the kid's menu.”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Usually the items on the kid's menu are not as good as those on the regular menu, but this meal was the exception to the rule. And it was the perfect portion size.

Visited April 2013
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Racine, Wisconsin
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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“What a jewel in Santa Cruz”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

Small, cozy, friendly with delicious food. But be forewarned - very popular so you may want to make reservations. My daughter and I were there for lunch and it was full. I understand lines form outside for the dinner crowd. Try it, you'll be happy you did.

Visited March 2014
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Santa Cruz, California
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“GREAT Italian!”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

We've been here a few times now and it's always great. The pasta, the sauce, even the steak (yes, I'm one of those people who occasionally gets steak at an Italian restaurant.

The place is really small and it's sometimes a wait to get it. But OH is it worth it!

AND.. they do take out really, really well.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank SKDB
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews
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“Best Italian food in Santa Cruz”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Very reminiscent of the small family owned restaurants we ate in while staying just outside of Milan for a few months.

  • Visited February 2014
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