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Pizza e Vino, really good pizza from a wood-fired oven in RSM (OC)

Allmodcons Mar 1, 2009 06:46 AM

In the heart of Rancho Santa Margarita, good pizza. Beyond serendipitous.

Imported Italian wood-burning pizza oven, carefully made dough allowed to cold proof for a few days before use, well-chosen toppings applied austerely = really good pizza. IMO. Very very thin, black char spots, just right.

The proscuiotto w/arugula piled atop is a favorite, as is the four cheese.

Tiny little place in the courtyard near the lake, very comfortable room and also some tables outside. Nice people.

Exactly the right kind of neighborhood restaurant, but also worth visiting if it's not quite in your neighborhood, on account of the pizza.

Longer writeup here: http://www.ocfoodnation.com/EatNice/index.php?s=&showtopic=120&view=findpost&p=216

Restaurant website: http://pizzaevino.net/

Pizza E Vino
31441 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

  1. OCAnn Apr 12, 2010 09:46 AM

    Looks like they've been recently certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN), first in OC.


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    1. re: OCAnn
      JAB Apr 13, 2010 12:46 PM

      Thanks for the reminder. I'm well over due for another visit.

    2. christoofat Aug 31, 2009 06:25 AM

      My wife & I finally made it out there for dinner this past Saturday..WONDERFUL stuff!
      The arugula & artichoke salad was perfect, dressed with just evoo & lemon and shaved parm on top... Wife had the proscuitto/funghi pie & I had the special w/ proscuitto, garlic, burrata & micro basil...the flavor contrasts/textures worked perfectly. The crust is just the way it SHOULD be, the char, the chew, the flavor. We be returning to this place soon.

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      1. re: christoofat
        JAB Aug 31, 2009 07:29 AM

        Was there this past Saturday night as well. I posted in the other post about OC pizza.

        1. re: christoofat
          Allmodcons Sep 2, 2009 07:55 AM

          We had that special w/burrata the other night, too... just really good. As well as our usual four cheese. Love that they're open on Mondays now!

          More here: http://www.ocfoodnation.com/EatNice/i...

          1. re: Allmodcons
            christoofat Sep 2, 2009 10:35 AM

            I'm planning on trying to approximate that pie this week at home, using TJ's dough , burrata, & Parma ham. Darn it if I don't have a 900 degree brick oven to plop it into... =)
            Love the OCFoodNation write up......livin' the pizza loca !!

            1. re: christoofat
              Allmodcons Sep 8, 2009 09:54 AM


              Were you able to approach the flavor profile w/TJ ingredients? Not to mention the wood-burning oven element. Bet it was more than edible even so.

              1. re: Allmodcons
                christoofat Sep 8, 2009 02:13 PM

                well, it wasn't bad, but I got one of the dough batches where it just did not want to cooperate & flatten easily, so I ended up overworking it and the consistency of the crust left something to be desired. Flavor wise turned out pretty good, I've developed a trick for baking the pizza where I preheat the oven (with my large rectangular pizza stone inside) to 450 F. Peel on the pizza , then turn the broiler on high. This seems to get the crust to a pretty good finish, & it takes about 8-9 minutes & it is done. Just have to keep an eye on it to avoid all- carbon variety..lol Will try it again, but I surrender to the skillz of Pizza e Vino

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          bigipps Mar 1, 2009 08:14 AM

          Why do some restaurants think they are too cool to list their prices on their website menus? Sorry, that's not my real question.

          What is the price range for the pizzas? Normally I wouldn't worry about it, but after the $18 personal pizza at Pizzaria Ortica it doesn't seem like pizza=cheap like it has in the past!

          Interesting though.

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          1. re: bigipps
            Allmodcons Mar 1, 2009 11:11 AM

            Pizzas are right around $15 ea. ... proscuitto/arugula was $15, quattro formaggio $14.50. There might be one or two higher than that, and some are a little less.

            Salads are something like $6 for the individuals and $12 for the larges.

            Not a place for cheap anything however... but very fairly priced, I think.

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