This Costa Mesa institution carries an encyclopedic list of Italian pastas and quite a few Argentine specialties, including a proper parrilladato sandwiches bulging with juicy chorizo, buttery milanesa, or matambre, that uniquely Argentine cut involving sliced flank steak containing pimentos, carrots and hard-boiled eggs. Throw in an alfajor for dessert and a fried empanada as an appetizer, wash it all down with Quilmes, and it's like dining near the Plaza de Mayo.
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If you’ve spent any time in Costa Mesa during the past three decades, you know Pasta Connection—the hilarious logo of a young boy screaming, head covered by a bowl raining spaghetti; the encyclopedic menu listing seeming...