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.

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!

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