Tutto Fresco is an Italian restaurant in Orange, Santa Ana and Rancho Santa Margarita. It’s a chain, but a mini-one. The drive-thru menu (available only at the Orange and SanTana branches) rivals an Alerto’s in its encyclopedic offerings: pastas, sandwiches, wraps, salads and combos galore, with no sacrifice in flavor. But a far better option is to dine in, as the portions are bigger and better and even more specials pop up. A lightly fried eggplant rotolo is so savory you’ll swear there’s meat inside (nope: it’s the gorgeous combination of pesto and tomato basil). The personal pizzas combine Neapolitan finesse with American heft; something as simple as a side caesar salad as part of the lunch special is perfect.
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?For years, I've driven past the Tutto Fresco in SanTana and wondered: Drive-thru Italian? Who the hell came up with that heresy? I figured it was a bad chain, à la Carrabba's or the Olive Garden, and never bothered to visit. But ov...