Tustin's Roma D'Italia Reopens Tomorrow

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Edwin Goei

Tustin's 50-year-old red-sauce institution, Roma D'Italia, shut down last fall to make way for a major remodel of the place. "Our building is starting to show its age, so we've decided it is time to make a few upgrades so that we can be here to serve you for another 50 years," the restaurant's website says.

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Edwin Goei

Tomorrow, Feb. 15, will be the first day of the next 50 years. The restaurant reopens with a new façade, 50-person banquet room and restrooms, plus a roof "that does not leak on our customers heads for the one day a year that it rains in Southern California," according to its website. On the latter, the owners add, "We hope we aren't overpromising on this one."

Coincidentally, the weather forecast this week? Rain from midweek to Saturday.

Thanks to reader JB for the scoop!


Location Info

Roma D' Italia

611 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA

Category: Restaurant


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JB
JB

At Luigi's d'Italia on State College Blvd. in Anaheim, after emptying the still-warm bread basket, I'd start with a plate of fried calamari...satisfyingly oily, lightly battered, and usually with tentacles. Drench half the plate in lemon and go with sauce on the other half.

Then try the Veal Milanese...and ask for some of their above-average red sauce on the side. If you're in more of a citrusy mood, choose Veal Piccata, or if in a salty, multi-flavor mood, the Veal Sorrentino. Haven't had the marsala sauce on veal or chicken there but if it's as good as their marinara, you'll be ok with that.

Try to go on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday...the dining room has a nice atmosphere when filled with the multi-ethnic, middle-class, neighborhood crowd it draws. A great place to go with a special lady...but also good to stuff your face with the guys, and for the aforementioned business meals.

Diamond Dog
Diamond Dog

I know it gets mixed reviews, but my favorite place is Pizza Orticca in Costa Mesa right now. I find that they have to most similar food to the food I actually ate when I was in Italy. Don't really know that much about the Italian restaurants in OC to be honest with you.

JB, I have never been to Luigi's D'Italia. I would love to hear more about it and what is good to order there and I will swing by.

Might as well get some new recommendations from the other readers since the staff at The Weakly has de- emphasized review restaurants and telling us about new places (besides a blurb about how one is opening or just opened without a review of the food).

Stay tuned for Gustavo to rant on how I am troll and threadjacker and some insulting of readers......

Someone has to start some interesting discussion. Just take a look at the lack of reader participation last week in all the "write ups"

HONEYMAN
HONEYMAN

I'm with Dog. Never figured out what the mystique was about this joint, I always thought the food was pedestrian, at best.

JB
JB

I like the other "d'Italia" -- Luigi's d'Italia in Anaheim. I bet you've had business lunches there, Diamond Dog. Never been to Roma, but I'm hoping for the best.

Diamond Dog
Diamond Dog

This is the most over rated Italian restaurant in all of OC.

JB
JB

Stick a Fork In It always beats the competition on breaking food news! I can smell the cannelloni in Roma d'Italia's kitchen already!!

Diamond Dog
Diamond Dog

JB,

Thanks for this. I will try it out and let you know how it was. Appreciate you taking the time...

DanGarion
DanGarion

Sorry for not participating, my day job was super busy this week!

HONEYMAN
HONEYMAN

I love Cuccina Alessa in HB. Always have had a delicious meal and excellent service there.

Nesai is one of my favorites, but the last couple times I've dined there, we were the ones in the restaurant.

Diamond Dog
Diamond Dog

Its too easy to manipulate Gustavo. Its like shooting sleepy kittens in a barrel. Can not believe you would respond and make yourself look like such an assclown after what I wrote.. Make this challenging for me at least....

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I was taught to humor little children and the imbecilic!

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