Help with OC Italian!!!
I need to take my girlfriend to a nice Italian restaurant in the OC!
It could be anywhere in the OC but I do live in Fullerton..
I was thinking of Sabatino's in Newport
Maybe Maggiano's but that's more of a group place
Help me with suggestions!!
THANK YOU HOUNDS!
I like Roma d' Italia. They have 2 locations, one in Tustin and one in Ladera Ranch. It's not really an upscale, dimly lit, quiet romantic type italian eatery but I enjoy the food, especially the pepperoni bread. The restaurant apparently has been in business for over 47 years.
What specifically are you looking for? Price point? Ambiance? Any specific regional cuisine or dish?
Barolo or Pina's in Tustin also are very good and favorites of ours. Pina's is family owned and can get pricey, but her food is excellent. The place is rather small, so you might want to make reservations first if you go there. Roma d' Italia is also good, but as DrBruin posted, not as upscale as the other two I mentioned. However, if you like seafood, they have a a great seafood platter on the menu for $20 that is a great deal, as it's piled high with a lot of various fish (clams, mussels, shrimp, squid, etc...) in a red sauce with some pasta. My mom swears by it :)
OK, so here's the thing. If you want a NICE Italian place, meaning more upscale, go to someplace like Sabatino's in Newport, Da Bianca in Orange Park Acres, or Pizza e Vino in RSM. (Pizza e Vino is stretching the idea of "nice", but it's more upscale than a red-sauce pasta house.) There's also Pizzeria Ortica if you want pizza and a big price tag.
If you want Italian-American food in a sit-down restaurant but not necessarily upscale, there's Marri's or Luigi's D'Italia in Anaheim, Lomeli's in Fullerton (on Bastanchury) or Carolina's in Garden Grove.
Three more options:
Basilico's Pasta E Vino (Fountain Valley), this would be my choice for a date. Great food, small place, nice wine list.
Mangia Mangia HB
Nick's Pizza Ristorante in Costa mesa. This is the most "casual" of the lot, however the food is usually good, and the prices are very reasonable.
13295 Spring Valley Pkwy, Victorville, CA 92395
A couple of options not mentioned above: Luciana's in Dana Point has been great for more than 20 years. Nice romantic atmosphere. Also, Onotria in Costa Mesa, but it can be pricey (and I heard (unconfirmed) from a friend that it was recently sold).
2831 Bristol St Ste A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
My new favorite Italian place is Cucina Alessa on PCH in Newport (also in Huntington.) The food is truly authentic and so delicious. Ambiance is nice but the inside can be noisy during peak hours. The small patio seems intimate and more quiet... and they have heaters:)
Oh and the service has never disappointed. Don't be surprised if the owner comes by to make sure you're having a great experience.
I agree with Cucina Alessa, but make reservations.
Or drive up to LA and go to Mozza for an amazing meal. ( I like Pizzeria Mozza a million times better then Ortica)
I have heard Momma Ds in Newport is good but have never been myself.
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036