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Scardino's Italian Restaurant

228 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (432)
  • Fit for Foodies (187)
  • Kid-friendly (137)

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In a recent review The DAILY BREEZE wrote .... "There are some wonderful small restaurants that dot the landscape of Italy. If you want to duplicate the experience of traveling to Europe without the expense, visit Scardino's Italian Restaurant in Torrance." We are a family owned and operated ristorante much like one would find in the neighborhoods of any southern Italian city. Our authentic recipes originate from all southern provinces of the country. Our pasta, pizza and seafood is carefully prepared each day with the highest quality ingredients available, most imported from Italy. We also have an excellent selection of moderately priced Italian wines and fantastically delicious Tiramisu. The Iorillo Family - Phillip & Pauline along with daughters Tracy & Kristi - and their friendly, professional staff will pamper you with world-class service and Italian hospitality. Our intimate, warm Italian atmosphere makes Scardino's the perfect choice for entertaining your family & friends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Closed Monday
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Phone number
(310) 542-2222
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Our dining room is available for Private Parties and Meetings by reservation.
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Private party contact
Pauline Iorillo: (310) 542-2222
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Contact us directly for custom menu arrangements.
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Cross street
Anza Avenue
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Parking details
Ample parking always available.
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Special events & promotions
Celebrate Saturday & Sunday afternoons at Scardino's. Birthday Parties, Confirmations, Engagements, Baby & Bridal Showers, Retirement Parties. Contact Pauline for reservations.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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vipHitomi (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2013

Food is great - so much selections and so is wine, so much to choose from. Most of all, their service is outstanding.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2013

Absolute best neighborhood gem restaurant. Outstanding menu, delicious food, outstanding service, terrifiic family owned venue. Consistenly outstanding in all catagories. Very highly recommended.

Delish (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 15, 2013

My husband and I went to Scardino's for the first time this past weekend. (We did takeout a month prior and the food was so good we had to come to eat at the restaurant). It was just simply delish ! We had a bottle of "Remole" which was the perfect fit for our dinner. We started with the Prosciutto and the Parmigiana - loved it. We then ordered the Linguine Pescatore which was loaded with seafood..and the other dish was their special - forgot the name but it was Linguine with Scallops and Asparagus in a creamy Pesto Sauce. Fabulous !!!! And then the topper was the Tiramisu...We shared a piece and we ate it....all...
So this being said - we will be back and hopefully our waitress Rebecca will be there too..
We will back soon !!

vipD123 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 14, 2013

Don't let the strip mall fool you, the food and service are excellent! The dining room is small and is always packed with people. Those arriving without a reservation were given an estimated wait time of 1 hour. Luckily, we had a reservation. We had the steamed mussels as appetizers, which they kindly prepared for us in a garlic, butter sauce instead of the tomato-based sauce on the menu. The sauce was so delicious, we dipped the garlic bread in it after we finished the muscles. The linguine pescatore is so delicious I crave it. The serving size is plentiful, and they do not skimp on the seafood (mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp and crab). My husband got the penne reggiano, and my son got penne with pesto sauce. So yummy!

vipAlanC (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 13, 2013

What took us so long to try this wonderful Italian restaurant just a couple of miles from home? We will certainly make up for lost time now. Everything we tried was excellent, topped off by a very nice featured Barbera at a reasonable price. Our waiter is a very nice young man who happens to be the grandson of the owner and when we told him it was our first time, he treated us to a delicious cannoli for dessert. A word of advice though--this is a small and popular place so make a reservation.

cindyd (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 18, 2013

We had a party of 6 and everyone was happy. Great service and great food. Prices are reasonable, we will absolutely be going to Scardino's again.

RoaminRoman (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 9, 2013

On my latest visit, the food was very good as usual. Unlike most evenings, they were not exceptionally busy, particularly after a birthday group left. However, it took an extraordinary amount of time to bring the two soups we ordered, and even longer for their much-touted garlic bread to appear. I was therefore disappointed that the service, though always friendly and welcoming, was not up to par this time, and for no apparent reason.

persistant (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2013

We brought a large group for lunch and they handled us very well. I had never been there for lunch before. The menu is clearly more limited, but there was plenty to choose from and the prices are reasonable.

vipslwdcw (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 3, 2013

It delivers what you would expect, with great flavors, reasonable prices and friendly, knowledgeable service.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2013

Great food and service, as always. I would highly recommend reservations - even on a Wednesday night!!!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 28, 2013

We have eating there over the years And enjoy it very much

persistant (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on April 26, 2013

Wonderful food. The staff quickly remembers your name and I have never had a bad meal here. As we wear out the novelty of most of the local restaurants, we seem to be returing here the most often. I know we are not alone because I have already seen some of the same faces eating there.

knightbandit (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on April 16, 2013

We provided an Overall Rating of 'Good' and not 'Very Good' for a couple of reasons. First of all, the food was 'Very Good'. We would have given an 'Outstanding' rating on the food had the bread been more authentic and fresh. Otherwise, the food was very pleasing to our pallets. The service was really average as the restaurant was unusually crowded for the space allowed for seating. Additionally, the ambiance was non-existent as the noise level was outrageous! We were dining at this restaurant for our 16th wedding anniversary and we could not even talk to one another without great difficulty. We recommend that if you want to celebrate an intimate special occasion to NOT go to this restaurant. It is more suitable for casual experiences.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2013

Our family loves coming here. They treat you like family and always make it an enjoyable event.

vipSLS4ME (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2013

The restaurant is a small Italian family owned and the food was very good. A bit noisy due to it is small and there is take-out as well as dining outside. A great experience.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 6, 2013

Great authentic italian food!The baked rigatoni is to die for and the penne arrabbiata with shrimp is perfectly spicy and delicious!

viphere24 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on April 6, 2013

Server came off like she had an attitude.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2013

Even better than the food in Italy and great hospitality!

vipDavidandrose (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on March 19, 2013

First visit to this small local restaurant. Strip mall location is odd but not uncommon in Socal, but people sitting outside with blankets because the dozen indoor tables are taken tells you that the food is worthwhile. I'd definitely return.

Sandy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on March 17, 2013

We usually do take out here, the food is great. This was our first time dining in and we loved the service, they qre friendly and attentive. My favorite is the beef ravioli. We would definitely come back again!