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Lillianï¿½s Italian Kitchen opened quietly on July 4, 2007. Itï¿½s a joint venture of the owners, Joe and Charlotte Moreno and their sons Chris and Matt. Long time residents of Santa Cruz, the Morenoï¿½s dream was to open a neighborhood place that was an extension of their family kitchen. The inspiration was Grandma Lillyï¿½s 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.