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Celebration Dinner in Irvine - Italian Restaurant Recs?

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Taking a friend out for celebration dinner in Irvine area, looking for a good italian restaurant. Any recommendations? Close to Irvine also ok. Thanks!

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  1. Antonellos in Costa Mesa (across from SCP) is very good.

    Il Fornaio is pretty good. Chain restaurant, but nice atmosphere and good food in Irvine.

    1. Vessia on Barranca & Culver in Irvine is really good. Roma d'Italia on Camino Real in Tustin is a family run place that;s been there for years.

      1. I really like Prego, the Agnolotti d'Aragosta is delicious.

        http://www.pregoristoranti.com/

        1. I know it's a chain, but when I worked in Irvine people I talked to really liked Maggiano's near Southcoast Plaza. I can't vouch for it myself though.

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          1. re: crystaw

            Maggianos is pretty good. They have a family style dinner (I think 4 or 6 persons minimum) for 22 dollars (this price may have changed) that is 3 courses, all you can eat. They even pack up all the leftovers for you to take home. Buca di Beppo is another chain, they're in Tustin off Jamboree, decent food at a decent price. This is a family style dining place, so everything is large portions intended for sharing.

          2. I second Vessia. I am from Irvine and my family goes there all the time for celebration dinners...It is off of Barranca and Culver in the Crossroads mini-mall...

            Just had dinner there 1 month ago and loved it!