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Pirozzi

2929 E. Coast Hwy. Corona del Mar, CA 92625 | Corona Del Mar | 949-675-2932

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Pirozzi is an Italian restaurant in Corona del Mar. Alessandro Pirozzi’s newest place is the chef’s most personal restaurant. The menu is full of his greatest hits, simmered down to the basics. The dining area is seemingly half the square footage of the other two restaurants, but it’s also the most accessible and visible of them all, open on one side to PCH traffic and boasting patio seats that locals seem to covet more than the ones inside. The meatballs are the most popular, delicate orbs whose structural integrity is retained only until touched. Nudge one with your fork, and it surrenders under just the slightest pressure, as though it’s made of freshly packed snow. As an appetizer, you get three of them draped in burrata cheese, oozing as though they’re melted camp marshmallows, with an ambrosial ragù and sprinkles of basil. His signature butternut squash ravioli is as sweet as ever, slicked with browned butter and decorated with fried sage. His litany of salumi and cheeses is still head-spinning, and his panna cotta still jiggles. Also, everything you order—the eggplant parmigiana served in two perfect stacks; the simple chicken-based tomato soup presumably named after his grandmother; even the seafood salad of shrimp, squid and obscenely soft octopus tossed in lemon and Calabrian chile oil—comes out as hot and steaming.


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Details

  • Cuisine(s): Italian
  • Hours: Open daily, 5-10 p.m.
  • Price: $$$
  • Serving: Dinner
  • Alcohol: Full bar

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