Some restaurants lean on the Italian nonna marketing ploy, the idea that the food comes from treasured, hand-scrawled recipes from a beloved matriarch deep within the family tree. Often the food falls far short of that romantic notion.

Carmel’s newbie Il Tegamino tells that story with sincerity and believability. No local restaurant will better replicate a homespun, southern Italian dining experience. It’s small, it’s loud, it’s cozy, it’s convivial, and it’s filled with the love of two brothers who opened Il Tegamino in honor of their mother, Rita, who died three years ago.
— Mike Hale, The Grub Hunter