Authentic Italian in OC
Hello all. I am looking for authentic Italian in OC. By that I mean a flavor you would get while actually traveling in Italy - house made pasta and sauce, meat dishes, etc. Any suggestions?
A chef-friend recommended Ristorante Max in Newport Beach, although then another friend told me it was closing. Not sure what is really happening there, and I haven't gotten around to trying it. Might be worth a look.
I've never been to Italy, so I can't say if the place I'm about to recommend fufills that requirement. What I can say is that the food at Flavio's Italian Kitchen in Tustin is fantastic. It's a "red sauce", old-school neighborhood Italian place. A bit kitschy and great. The lasagna is perfect. It's what everyone gets. The chicken marsala, though, is my favorite. Flavorful, steaming hot, made-from-scratch.
Here's a more complete review:
P.S. Skip the pizza.
Either of these is sure to please:
Onotria Wine Country Cuisine
2831 Bristol, Costa Mesa Ca., 92626
Phone: (714) 641-5952
Massimo does an incredible job with rustic, classical Italian and paired wines. Elegantly handsome venue.
640 West First Street Tustin, California 92680
Pina and her daughter prepare some of the most wonderful traditional Italian fare to order in their quaint, homey bistro.
For Authentic Northern Italian there is a restaurant in Fashion Island called Francoli. Fresh and simple ingredients just like I remember in Italy.
I also like Ontoria which is based on Italian wine county cuisine. This restaurant is in Costa Mesa.
I am looking forward to the opening of Blanca in Newport Beach in the former Georges Camelot location in Lido. It is supposed to be an authentic crudo Restaurant.
A rather authetic Sicilian restaurant in Orange is Da Bianca in the strip mall at the corner of Newport Blvd. and Chapman. Bianca is indeed a Sicilian lady and the restaurant is a very simple trattoria specializing in wonderfrul pastas, soups, salads and other traditional dishes.