Little Italy in Tustin, CA.
I do have some bias in my statements because I'm Italian. That said, let me say that being Italian gives me the ability to tell the difference between Italian food prepared by an Italian chef vs. a trained chef -- for that matter the difference between homemade or freshly made Italian food vs. Italian foods that contain pre-prepared, previously frozen or otherwise "not fresh" ingredients. Pina's it truly homemade "fresh" Italian food, prepared by a true Italian chef. I've been going there for about three months now (about once a week) and have tried almost everything on the menu. The greatest part of all of Pina's homemade dishes is the true presence of authentic central and southern Italian recipies. The prosciutto is by far the best, as are all the parmessian dishes (always tender, never too much breading to hide the flavor of the meat/vegetable and always properly seasoned). I've had two of her specials now, one being sea-bass and the other being clams, both of which were exceptional. You truly do get what you pay for - premium quality home cooked meals - as if I was in my grandmother's kitchen. If you're someone who can appreciate the flavor and texture of fresh handmade sausage (meaning that you don't even by grocery store packaged sausages in an emergency), then Pina's will be a very special treat for you. When you go, be sure to ask Pina how she makes her sausage (she won't mind telling you). In fact, if you've ever wanted to taste something you've never had before, she'll be more than happy to give you a sample as well as explain how it was prepared. The only shame - although maybe it is a blessing - is that Pina's is not open everyday and is a very small restaurant (hense "Bistro"). It is best to go early or late for lunch (by 11:30 AM or after 1:30 PM) and always make reservations for dinner.