A Taste Of Italy In Murrieta
The Temecula Valley is home to a wide variety of locally owned and operated restaurants that specialize in cooking up yummy goodness guaranteed to please the palate. For foodies in the Murrieta area with a hunger for Italian, a restaurant known as Nonno’s has brought the region delicious, authentic Italian cuisine served by professionals and friendly staff who focus on treating every person who walks through their doors like family. Best described as a casual-fine dinning Italian restaurant, meaning high end service with affordable menu item pricing, Nonno’s has quickly become a popular hot spot among local Temecula Valley area residents.
When master Chef Luigi Mazzaro purchased a popular Italian restaurant that used to be called Ravioli’s Osteria (located off Murrieta Hot Springs Road), he believed with a new name, more authentic menu and higher level of waiting service that he could take what was a successful business to a whole new level. Pronounced no-no’s, meaning Grandfather in Italian, Chef Luigi opened the doors to his Murrieta based restaurant last September to numerous great reviews. In fact, according to the reviews posted on Yelp, Nonno’s is the highest rated local Italian restaurant in the area with an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 30 reviews! That is a tremendous amount of positive feedback and local community support considering Nonno’s has not even been open for a year!
One of the coolest and most unique things about Chef Luigi is his approach to cooking which emphasizes only the best locally grown items. “We are proud to carry many different wines from our local Temecula vineyards and use produce from the local farmers market to support and invest in our community”, explained Chef Luigi. “We also do our best to use all natural and organic meats, as well as recycled paper products throughout our establishment.” Therefore, many of the ingredients that go into the food at Nonno’s were grown or produced locally in the Temecula/Murrieta area!
Five Questions With Chef Luigi!
1. Name at least one cool or unique thing about you or Nonno’s that local foodies would find interesting?
Guests enjoy the classic Italian films we play with captioning, cooking demonstrations, and the live music on Friday and Saturday nights. We also provide happy hour and many other promotions throughout the week.
2. What is your most popular dish according to patrons?
I cannot say we have a most popular dish as we have many favorite dishes! I can say that our menu caters to any pallet and if given a chance we can find your favorite! The Ravioli Di Manzo, Ravioli Pugliese, Spaghetti alla Pescatora , Linguini Toscana, Pollo Al Tartufo, Veal Picatta, Linguine alle Vongole, and Tagliatelle Mare e Monti are definitely some of our most popular dishes varying widely to accommodate different tastes.
3. What is your personal favorite dish?
All of our homemade pastas are delicious, but I do love the Tagliatelle Mare e Monti! Homemade tagliatelle pasta is tossed in a sherry wine cream sauce with mushrooms, shallots, shrimp, and scallops. Delicioso!
4. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I was born and raised in Italy so any time I have a chance I love to go there.
5. Where do you see your business in five years?
We have a loving and loyal staff which I hope to see grow, as well as our client base. We have customers who have become friends which followed me from my old restaurant (Mazzaro’s in Temecula) and have also met many other business owners. I hope to become a common name that is loved for the great food, service, friendship, and contribution to the community that I provide through the support I receive from those in the Temecula Valley.
Nonno’s is a restaurant that every local foodie should stop by and have a bite to eat at whether it is for some quick appetizers during happy hour with friends or dinner for the whole family. When dinning at Nonno’s make sure to say hello to Chef Luigi who will most likely be in the kitchen preparing meals for the day. Of course that is assuming the man behind Nonno’s isn’t spending time with his family, enjoying some quality time in the wineries with his wife or riding his Harley!
Temecula coupons and Temecula deals company TemecuLove would like to personally thank Chef Luigi for bringing another quality family restaurant to the community and using almost entirely locally grown goods! Those interested in having Nonno’s provide catering services for any special events can get more detailed information on the Nonno’s Ristorante website. Nonno’s also offers banquet services for many occasions and can work with guests operating on a variety of budgets.