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May 31, 2010 09:35 PM

Italian Catering South OC

I'm looking for recommendations for an italian restaurant to pick up some raviolis, lasagna, salad and bread for a party for about 45 people. Any ideas?

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  1. Pina’s Bistro
    640 West First Street
    Tustin, California 92680
    (714) 730-5442

    Pina and her daughters run this charming little bistro like an Italian home kitchen. Hey, that’s just what it is. She sources much of her product from Italy, notably her cheeses, cured meats and spices. The recipes are from her mother and grandmother. Try the Gnocchi Gorgonzola with Sausage (she makes her own) and onions, the White Cheese Pizza, the Veal Chop, and the Ravioli. Save room for dessert. Pina’s Tiramisu is arguably the best outside of Italy. The Black Walnut Cake is to die for. Everything is cooked fresh to order so be prepared for a brief wait. Very loyal clientele for both in-house dining and catering (see her website).

    Pina's Bistro
    640 W 1st St, Tustin, CA 92780

    Pinas Cafe
    875 W 9th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

    1. Pina's is waaay expensive.
      Try Lucci's Deli in Huntington Beach. They have been catering superb Italian for over 50 years and IMO have some of THE best lasagna.

      1. Thanks for the thoughts so far. I'll check both of those out, although Huntington Beach may be too far north for me.

        In doing some poking around on the internets, I saw a couple that were promising:

        I saw that Claro's Italian Market had a caterin menu.( I have seen good reviews of the deli here, but I have not seen anything about their catering. I would have to heat and serve, but that may not be a problem for me. They didn't have ravioli on their website though.

        I had also seen good reviews of Antonucci's on this board, and they do have a catering menu. ( This may be an excuse to have dinner there to check it out!

        Any thoughts on these or others?

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        1. re: bigipps

          Check out Peppino's. We've ordered from them many times for work functions and it's always been good.

          1. re: bigipps

            Lucci's delivers!
            And as to Peppino's... I eat lunch there regularly and the food is good. Lake Forest location, only!

            1. re: bigipps

              I don't think that Antonucci's is as good as it once was.

              If Newport isn't too far, I can recommend Sabatino's without reservations.

              251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, CA 92663

              24190 Alicia Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

            2. Anyone been to Mario's in Dana Point lately? It's been years since I've gone, but they used to be good at garlic -heavy, red checkered tablecloth, American -Italian style of food.

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