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Scarantino’s Sicilian Cafe, Lake Forest

WildSwede | Mar 14, 200502:04 PM     1

Saturday 6 of us arrived around 4:30 for a late (very late) lunch. Only 2 other tables were taken when we got there, but by the time we left, there were no tables available. Prices seem very reasonable.
Very nice décor with painted Italian views on the walls and wood beamed ceiling. Tables dressed nicely in yellow backed-olive print (you’ve seen it). Very nice.
Service was great – our waitress, Christy was wonderful. Very attentive and knew her stuff.
Served us Italian and wheat (rosemary?) bread (I am not sure as I did not have any – a first for me!!). General consensus was that the wheat was the best.
I ordered a bowl of the Minestrone soup ($3.95) and the medium-sized antipasto salad ($9.99) (you can get either small, medium or large). My one complaint about the salad was that the meat/cheese on it was 1 large piece of cheese and 2 meats which were placed on top of each other and cut into quarters. I wanted more protein. However, the salad was very fresh with roasted red bell peppers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, garbanzos. The dressing (which I absolutely adore) is the same as at Dino’s in Pasadena and then I realized that they must be related to the Scarantino’s in Glendale which is related to Dino’s! The Minestrone was delicious (although I sent mine back to be reheated (my soup needs to be HOT).
Friends had either the soup or dinner salad with Veal Piccata (very nice – could have had more lemon in it), though, Cannelloni, Manicotti, Chicken Parmesan and a daily special prawns in a light cream tomato sauce over fettuccini. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. Very good food. I would definitely go there again.
23862 Bridger Rd (El Toro Rd), Lake Forest (949)768.8757

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