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Good pasta / Italian in central OC?

OCEllen Apr 19, 2014 12:10 PM


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    set0312 RE: OCEllen Apr 19, 2014 12:12 PM

    Does Costa Mesa count? If so, Pizzeria Ortica has solid pastas.

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      Porthos RE: set0312 Apr 19, 2014 12:37 PM

      Big +1. The spinach fettucccini with bolognese and paparadelle with lamb ragu are top notch.

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      kevin RE: OCEllen Apr 19, 2014 01:10 PM

      Pina's Bistro.

      Nuff said.

      1. Searching4Dunny RE: OCEllen Apr 19, 2014 01:14 PM

        +1 to Pizzeria Ortica. I've also enjoyed Il Barone near John Wayne Airport and Francoli's in Orange. Haven't tried Ceppa (spelling?) in HB yet but it sounds promising.

        1. ipsedixit RE: OCEllen Apr 19, 2014 04:51 PM

          If Long Beach counts as "northern" OC, then Michael's should be an option you consider.

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            OCSteve RE: OCEllen Apr 21, 2014 09:58 AM

            I just had the house-made pappardelle with braised lamb shoulder at Cucina Alessa' in HB last night. It was amazing, if just a tad salty. They have a number of house-made pastas. We also had an heirloom burrata as a starter, which was delicious.

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              js76wisco RE: OCSteve Apr 21, 2014 10:32 AM

              There is a buy $30 and get $50 worth of food deal at Cucina Alessa right now.

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                OCSteve RE: js76wisco Apr 21, 2014 11:13 AM

                Where were you yesterday with this?!?! Oh well. Now I'll just have to go back.

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              jaykayen RE: OCEllen Apr 21, 2014 06:51 PM

              Pizzeria Ortica, Il Garage.

              Also, Tutto Fresco in Orange if you like it "American style."

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