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Dec 3, 2008 06:34 PM

New Italian in Tustin

Illiano's Restaurante in Tustin finally brings great southern Italian food to Tustin.
This restaurant is in the same space that previously held Peppinos and then 2-3 other forgetable restaurants.
The breads and some of the pastas appear to be home made. Veal was nicely breaded in fresh toasted bread crumbs, eggplant was superb. Pasta was cooked perfectly and everything was served nice and hot.
Prices are very reasonable main courses are served with a choice of soup or salad and the wine list is also priced within reason. Wine by the glass is served in a water glass, and is quite the pour for $6.00.
This appears to be a family operation and reservations are not needed now but if they keep this up, calling ahead will be needed someday.

I did not try the Pizza but it looked like a great crust, they do serve Pizza by the slice at lunch time. Pizza is also available on a takeout basis. A big plus for the Tustin folks.

651 E. First St.


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  1. I tried the pizza today, and it is as good as the food. Great crust excellent, cheese, not a heavy sauce with great spices. Just the right amount of olive oil dripping of the foldable crust(I am from Boston sorry). Really the best Pizza in 26 years of living in Southern California.

    Now all we need to do is find a good bagel.

    1. We tried it for lunch today and it was decent to good. The lunch main courses didn't come with soup or salad. We had veal parm and eggplant parm. The eggplant parm was tasty, but way too salty. With each bite, I had to have a sip of water. Overal a good place if you love salt for a basic Italian food.

      1. My wife and I love this place. The food is GREAT, the people friendly, the prices reasonable, and they pour a generous glass of wine.

        Try the veal piccata, or the shrimp alfredo, you WON'T be disappointed.

        Four stars at least!!