Dressed with creamy pesto balsamic, red wine vinaigrette or creamy gorgonzola.
Add grilled chicken (5.00) or grilled prawns (9.00)
Insalata Caprese - Seasonal
Heirloom tomatoes served with burrata mozzarella, 14yr old balsamic, fresh basil, oregano and olive oil
Roasted Beet Salad
Roasted beets tossed with arugula, candied walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, extra virgin olive oil and an aged vinaigrette.
Cremini mushrooms sautéed with fresh thyme, olive oil, garlic, white wine and parsley. Topped with crumbled gorgonzola and bruschetta.
7 tiger prawns sautéed with garlic, olive oil, white wine, and a light touch of marinara sauce. Served with grilled crostini.
Side of Three Meatballs with Sunday Gravy
Fresh burrata cheese with prosciutto, baby arugula, Calabrian chile honey, aged balsamic and crostini.
A Sicilian classic: Three cheese stuffed risotto balls, fried to order and served over marinara sauce. (three per order)
PASTA AND POLENTA
Our family's tomato base meat sauce simmered slow with beef, pork, Italian sausage and spare ribs. Served with penne, spaghetti or fresh fettuccine.
Black Truffle Stuffed Gnocchi with your choice of sauce:
PESTO CREAM with white wine and sautéed cremini mushrooms TOMATO CREAM with white wine and sautéed cremini mushrooms GORGONZOLA CREAM with white wine and sautéed cremini mushrooms. Add 7oz filet mignon: 16.00
Spaghetti tossed with vine ripened tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, oregano and fresh basil. Ask for Arrabbiata and we'll spice it up with Calabrian chiles.
Fresh basil, pine nuts, pecorino Romano, olive oil and garlic tossed with penne.
Ravioli in Tomato Cream Sauce
Cheese ravioli in a tomato cream sauce with white wine and fresh basil.
Lil's Penne with Broccoli
Broccoli florets sautéed in extra virgin olive oil, chicken broth and a splash of marinara tossed with penne.
Penne pasta and marinara with melted whole milk mozzarella and fresh basil.
Fresh fettuccine tossed in Alfredo sauce with cremini mushrooms and fresh spinach.
Penne pasta tossed with sautéed cremini mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, red onions and fresh spinach. Served with your choice of marinara or pesto
Spaghetti alla Carbonara
Apple wood smoked bacon, peas and pecorino Romano tossed with spaghetti finished with beaten egg yolk.
Lil's Kitchen Special
A little bit of everything! Penne primavera served with arrabbiata sauce, topped with mozzarella, then baked to order.
Braised Short Rib Ragu
All natural 18 short ribs slow cooked with red wine, San Marzano tomatoes, rosemary, Calabrian chiles, garlic and green peas tossed with fresh fettuccine.
The perfect blend of our 19 Sunday Gravy, whole milk ricotta and mozzarella. Made fresh daily, limited orders.
Prawns Diavolo with Fettuccine
Prawns (6) sautéed in a fiery tomato sauce with white wine and garlic tossed with fresh fettuccine.
Prawns Scampi with Spaghetti
Spaghetti tossed with prawns (6) in a garlic, white wine butter sauce with capers.
New York Steak
Char-grilled 14oz all natural N.Y. strip served over garlic smashed Yukon gold potatoes, sautéed cremini mushrooms and baby spinach.
Chris' Steak and Peppers
Char-grilled 14oz all natural N.Y. strip served over grilled crostini with roasted bell peppers, melted Gorgonzola cheese and a lite drizzle of aged balsamic. Served with a side of penne marinara, soup or salad.
Grilled Lamb Chops
All natural balsamic marinated Colorado lamb loin chops grilled and served with garlic smashed Yukon gold potatoes, sautéed spinach and topped with a pistachio jalapeno and arugula pesto.
Lil's Filet and Prawns
7oz grilled filet mignon served over polenta, Parmesan creamed spinach and five grilled tiger prawns.
Lil's Filet and Prawns
7 oz. grilled filet mignon served over creamy polenta, sautéed spinach in a Parmesan cream sauce and 5 tiger prawns.
Fish/Seafood of the Day - Market Price
Ask your server for tonight's fresh fish or seafood entrée.
Organic free range Parmesan and panko crusted chicken breast baked with marinara, mozzarella and served with a side of penne marinara, soup or salad
Penne with Butter and Parmesan
Cheese Pizza on French Bread
Sunday Gravy with Penne
Lil's delicious meatballs in Sunday Gravy with mozzarella on a toasted ciabatta roll.
Grilled marinated chicken breast with pesto, mozzarella, roasted bell peppers, red onion and Romaine lettuce on a toasted ciabatta roll
Sautéed mushrooms with mozzarella, roasted bell peppers, red onion, tomato and fresh spinach on a toasted ciabatta roll.
we feature spumoni from Polar Bear Ice Cream Company in Santa Cruz.
crispy fried pastry shell stuffed with a sweet creamy ricotta and chocolate chip filling.
an Italian classic!
For reservations of six or more, a valid credit card will be required to secure the date. A charge of $30.00 per guest will be assessed only in the event of a no show or failure to cancel within 24 hours. Corkage fee: $20.00 per bottle A cake cutting fee of $3.00 per guest will be added. Maximum of four credit card transactions per table. All prices and menu items subject to change without notice.
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
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. Chris, who has worked in the restaurant business for the last nine years, runs the kitchen and Matt manages the business end of things. Joe oversees it all.
Natives of Santa Cruz with deep roots in the Italian-American community, 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.