Il Barone Bottega

4251 Martingale Way
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Il Barone Bottega is an Italian deli in Newport Beach. It has a state-of-the-art room in which sausages and meats of various makes dry, destined for paninis. Display cases and wine boxes masquerading as shelves stock everything from preserved tuna belly to chocolates to Yoga, the official fruit nectar of Italian kiddies. Other cases remain empty, promising even more food products in the near-future. An alcohol permit is taped to the window, whispering of the wines to come. A gelato case hosts made-that-day trays of the stuff featuring caramel, hazelnut, chocolate, cinnamon, and the mysteriously named “wild fruit” that tastes as though raspberries and blackberries fought one another for 12 rounds, then made babies.

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  • Il Barone Bottega: Third Wave Italian
    Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. by Gustavo Arellano

    Il Barone, in that section of Newport Beach near John Wayne Airport that's basically a laid-back Irvine, is great old-school Italian, the kind of place you take the in-laws to for a leisurely lunch. But in this hyper-competitive foo...

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