Nino's Italian Restaurant
Update: Nino's has unfortunately closed.
Vincenzo and Inge Cristiano, the founders of Nino’s, embody the immigrant success story. Vincenzo was born in a province near Naples, Italy. He met his wife Inge after World War II in Germany. Post wedding the two traveled to Canada and then on to Bogota, Colombia in the 1950s where they entered the restaurant business. The two then set their eyes on the United States. On July 31st, 1958, Nino’s Italian Restaurant was opened. Nino's became a favorite of locals in Long Beach, Bixby Knolls, and celebrities. The restaurant was and continues to be a family enterprise.
I have dined at Nino’s since my childhood and last night took some friends. I can remember the first time going on a recommendation from my aunt. Last night we enjoyed the updated decor, although the landmark roots remain. I look forward to seeing the Cristiano family maintain those roots, while always updating and refreshing items. That is one good key to success. While dining I noticed Vincenzo and Inge at a nearby table. Inge came to greet patrons at all the tables. It was great to see her again and tell her that I have been coming to Nino’s for a long time.
1. Check Nino’s social media for events and specials.
2. Parking: The lot has ample parking, unless you are dining on a busy night.
3. Start with the small Antipasto Dinner Salad with chopped romaine, salami, freshly marinated vegetables, and Provolone cheese. If you are not esurient, you may want to skip the salad and appetizers. Also, don’t fill up on bread.
4. Wine: My friends and I enjoyed a special wine selection. Purchase one bottle and get a second bottle for 55¢. You may want to order a bottle whether there is a wine special or not. Italian food and wine are the best.
5. Eggplant parmigiana served with a side of spaghetti with tomato sauce. This dish was warm, delicious, and the sauce had a fresh yet rich tomato flavor. A bounty!
6. Consider ordering an additional dish to go.
Photo credit: www.ninoslongbeach.com