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Onotria in Costa Mesa?

Capester Mar 17, 2006 11:34 AM

Anyone been? Thoughts/Experiences?

Thanks in advance!

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    Mealcentric RE: Capester Mar 17, 2006 11:58 AM

    See the linked post by Wonginator. Sounds great

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      Wonginator RE: Mealcentric Mar 17, 2006 12:11 PM

      Gustavo Arellano also wrote up a review in the OC Weekly last month. He agrees with me on how fantastic the pheasant dish is. :-)

      Link: http://www.ocweekly.com/food/food/the...

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      bottomlesspit RE: Capester Mar 18, 2006 01:00 AM

      Food is terrific - attention to ingredients, uncomplicated and delicious preparations.

      Little noisy when busy, but well worth a visit.

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        sureel RE: Capester May 18, 2007 02:26 PM

        Friday lunch: I had the beef/lamb meatballs with butter beans in a tomato curry sauce - came to the table in it's small skillet; the meatballs were bitesize, very delicate and tender, the beans cooked perfectly, all in a nice sauce. Decent tiramisu with a few berries.

        Not crowded at all and service was attentive and pleasant.

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          Kaisgraham RE: Capester May 18, 2007 05:18 PM

          We have been there twice and loved it both times. Everything is wonderful and the restaurant has a great feel to it, also. Looking forward to going again soon.

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            karynx78 RE: Capester May 18, 2007 06:12 PM

            I've had been to Onotria twice. Once for lunch and another for dinner. Food has been great both times. It is on the pricey side since you have to order a la carte. For lunch I had a 3 meat pasta... sauce was great, you could taste the fresh herbs. The pasta noodles were cooked just right. My boyfriend had their pork sandwich which had an interesting hint of cinnamon in it. Dinner with wine can run you over $240. I remember sharing a salad, an appetizer (oysters) , 1half bottle of pinot noir , 2 entrees (veal chop and ravioli), 1 side (potatoes), 1 dessert (tirimisu) . I do recommend it if you like wine country cuisine. They always seem to have a great menu. Service is always good. The crowd tends to be people in their mid 40s to 50s .. For the most part I do enjoy it but sometimes my boyfriend and I do feel out of place since we are in our lates 20s early 30s.

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              brekkie_fan RE: karynx78 May 19, 2007 09:01 AM

              karynx78, i feel your pain, but have spent the past eight years being thankful i didn't have to wait THAT long before i could fully appreciate fine dining. and i'm early 30s as well. everyone's going at their own pace, and we've made dining out a priority. we don't have a lot of money, but where we do spend it is on a memorable meal (both holes-in-the-wall and book at least three weeks in advance places).

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                karynx78 RE: brekkie_fan May 19, 2007 05:03 PM

                Brekkie fan,

                Yes we are very fortunate. I also enjoy great hole in the walls too! Good meals make me look forward to getting up every day! =)

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              Samantha RE: Capester May 19, 2007 05:29 PM

              Went there for the first time last Saturday night. Definitely make a reservation-we had one and still waited about 5 minutes in the bar. The place was packed!

              The food was mouth-watering. Just got back from Italy a month ago and we're on an Italian kick right now, seeking out Italian restaurants in OC that serve more authentic (rather than American) Italian. The steak for 2 (florentine bisteca, but Onotria just lists it as steak w/argula) was to DIE for. As good as the one we had in Florence. Also shared a pasta (can't remember what it was, b/c the steak made us forget about it!), that was delicious. Great wine selection, as well.

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