Russkar's post got me craving Italian so my SO and I took a short jaunt over to Tustin tonight to check out Pina's Bistro. It was excellent! I had the penne with sausage and peppers and SO had spaghetti marinara with sausage. All dinner meals come with salad, as well as warm bread with olive oil. Both main dishes were slightly spicy and well-flavored. I have found that when I dine at Italian restaurants most of the pasta dishes are much too bland for my liking (and none compare to my mom's special, authentic Italian spaghetti sauce simmered on the stove all day). However, Pina's Bistro lives up to my standards! The restaurant is family run (Pina and her 3 daughters) and the service is extremely friendly, though overwhelmed at times. You can actually watch the family cooking in the kitchen. They are also very accomodating and will make special dishes upon request. Anyway, we will definitely be going back. We also split a fabulous piece of Italian cake with ricotta cheese filling and chocolate ganache frosting, topped with the special rum sauce. It had a fancy Italian name, but I can't recall it at the moment. It was the special for the evening. So decadent! We will definitely be going back. One caveat-it's a small restaurant so make reservations in order to avoid a wait.
640 West First Street
Tustin, CA 92780