Settebello’s Newport Beach branch is different than the original in Henderson, Nevada. First, the restaurant--which shares a parking lot with Javier’s in Crystal Cove--is more Vegas-y than that Henderson store. A projector beamed black-and-white movies no one actually watched onto one wall. Another wall had wine bottles inserted into wooden slots as though someone was in middle of a gigantic game of Connect Four. Apart from just being huge, the room is actually not a room, but a hybrid of an outdoor courtyard and a lounge fitted with leather sofas. There are live trees planted into the concrete, and in the middle of the restaurant, you see a permanent hole in the roof that opens up to the sky as though it were a car with its sunroof stuck open. And the pizzas? Well, they’re good, but not as perfect as at the one in Henderson.
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