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Jul 24, 2010 05:29 PM

Pizzeria Ortica updates?

I'm thinking about trying out Pizzeria Ortica next week. It would appear no one has talked about the restaurant here in about a year, and the reviews I did find were a mixed bag. Anyone been recently? Have any insights?

Pizzeria Ortica
650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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  1. Here is a thread I started. I have not been back but a friend of mine who was there the night I wrote the review about has been forced back twice for work functions and says it's still mediocre.

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    1. re: OC Mutt

      I agree with the majority here: it is very mediocre and very over-priced. I would not go back, and there are lots better just in the vicinity.

      Pizzeria Ortica
      650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      1. re: OC Mutt

        Mutt, have I missed something in these two threads, or was that visit last year the only time you've been to Ortica?

      2. The last time I went was maybe three months ago. They make a very good crust - properly charred, nicely salted. Anything with tomato sauce - soupy as hell. The crushed tomato "sauce" is way too watery and it doesn't spend enough time in the blazing hot oven to evaporate the water off.

        My rec - stick to the ones not sauced with tomato, and you'll probably be ok. Their desserts were pretty solid. Don't remember specifics of which desserts we chose (my family had two), but we liked them both very much.

        1. I intended to go two weeks ago but found they were closed on Sunday..Tried a VPN certified pizza restaurant in Santa Margherita, Pizza e Vino. Tried 4 pies. The first 2 were excellent. Wonderfully crisp and chewy crusts and tasty toppings. The grilled Mex shrimp pie was our favorite. Not a very "wet" pie for fresh mozz but the 2nd 2 pies' crusts were undercooked and ruined the experience. Kinda youngish people prepping and "manning" the oven. I'd make it clear you expect a properly baked crust to ensure a satisfying experience.

          1. Mr OCAnn had pizza (which I thought was okay), I truly enjoyed my hand-made pasta dish which was sized to Italian standards (not US). While good, there are other restaurants in the area that I prefer.

            Go and form your own opinion and let us know how it went. =)

            1. Went about three months ago. Here's the recap:

              farro con frutti di mare – superb
              insalata tricolore – excellent
              lamb saddle – outstanding
              pizze salsiccia – overly wet, limp yet ok
              pizze guanciale – good flavors, again limp, unremarkable
              service - great

              My overall lukewarm experience did not beg for a return visit. I went for the pizza. Both shots landed off the fairway.

              Hmmh? I sense a trend, an unfortunate one at that.

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              1. re: degustateur

                I feel that while the food was mediocre, it did not justify the price. I too have not had the urge to return.