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in a couple of weeks. Can anyone recommend a nearby restaurant for dinner before the performance? I am a vegetarian, my companion is an omnivore - prefer Italian, but open to anything that can accommodate both (although he's not too fond of Indian). Mid-range to higher mid-range prices are fine. We will be a little dressed up for the ballet so nothing too casual. Thanks.

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  1. Italian: Pizzeria Ortica (great housemade pasta)
    Old Vine Cafe @ the Camp has great both meat & non-meat menu items
    Charlie Palmer @ Bloomingdale

    Pizzeria Ortica & CP are both within walking distance of OCPAC. There are other restaurants nearby, but these are the ones I prefer.

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    Pizzeria Ortica
    650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    Old Vine Cafe
    2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    1. A little bit further down Bristol than Old Vine but still relatively close is Onotria Wine Country Cuisine. They serve many Italian dishes.

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      Onotria Restaurant
      2831 Bristol St Ste A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      1. Seasons 52 across the street at South Coast Plaza. You should be able to accommodate both of your eating 'styles'.