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Mar 25, 2011 01:32 PM

Looking for a Family Style Italian restauarant in Coastal/Central OC for a dinner for 10-15?

The wife is trying to set up a group dinner for her friends, and they want to do Italian food, family style servings. At least based on their menus, the Italian places I usually frequent (Cuccina Alessa, Francolis) don't have family style serving. They are looking for somewhere in the $20-30/person range (not including alcohol), preferably somewhere in the Seal Beach to Orange to Irvine to Newport Coast area, but they'll have a driver so a little outside that range isn't really a problem. Any ideas?

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  1. Maggiano's next to South Coast Plaza serves family style for a group of that size.

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    1. re: laytonj1

      Went there Thursday evening and it was excellent. Good service and food. Family style choice menu is all you can eat at a fairly reasonable price. We had 18 people with no problems seating with a reservation.

    2. Perhaps Sabatino's? Right on the water, great and reasonably priced basic Italian--I love the housemade sausages.

      251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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      1. re: New Trial

        Thanks for the suggestions. I failed to mention that this dinner is the beginning of the evening for a bachelorette party. So I got a good immature laugh at the thought of sending them to dinner at a sausage company. The sausage at sabatino's is great . . . Just found it amusing in this situation

        1. re: New Trial

          A favorite of mine but, not really family style as requested. Maggiano's is a good rec and do I dare say Bucca di Beppo would appear to meet the Op's criteria.