Alessandro Pirozzi

  • Food

    July 3, 2014

    Mangia, Mangia Pirozzi's Meatballs

    Alessandro Pirozzi's latest restaurant in Corona del Mar is smaller but as good as the rest

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Restaurant Roll Call for May 2014

    Summer is here. May is gone. And thus, it's time for another round-up of new restaurants we noticed opened this month. Among the notables: There were two poke joints that opened and Alessandro Pirozzi of Cucina Alessa fame opened a new place in Corona Del mar. Without further ado, here's the rest of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Pirozzi Corona del Mar Opens

    The last time I wrote about Alessandro Pirozzi, he confided about the space along Pacific Coast Highway he was about to acquire. Eight months later, I found it now open. When I drove by last Monday, it was swarming. Offering both people-watching patio and modest dining room tables, Pirozzi has twe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Edwin's Top Five Restaurants of 2012!

    I always go into these end-of-year lists thinking they'd be be a cinch to do. Then, I actually start doing it and realize how hard it is. No, it's not the writing part--that's easy; it's the winnowing process that's painful. It took me a day of deliberation to pare my original list of ten of the bes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    No. 7: Venison Filet Mignon at Mare Culinary Lounge

    Mare is supposed to be known for its seafood. But you should know by now that Alessandro Pirozzi of Cucina Alessa fame has the golden touch, even with game meats, as it turns out. The venison filet mignon he serves at his newest restaurant, two cubes the size of a baseball sitting on opposite side ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    On the Line: Alessandro Pirozzi of Mare Culinary Lounge, Part Two

    Serving three square meals a day, every day, Mare Culinary lounge not only includes a lounge, but a nightclub on weekends. Open from 7 a.m. to midnight, try to find the same hours for a comparable menu in Laguna. You can't. We continue with a superstitious discussion and more examples of how Alessan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    And the County Said Oink: PigOut 1.0 This Sunday

    What exactly is your pork tolerance limit? Could there be a dish where bacon does not fit in somehow? Is it truly possible to get the ham sweats? Come to Newport Dunes Resort on Sunday and find out.As Anne Marie said back in June, local kitchen man Amar Santana and orange-scarved food impresario Bob ... More >>

  • Food

    July 12, 2012

    Mare Culinary Lounge Is the Pixar of OC Italian

    Alessandro Pirozzi has his fourth smash in a row with this Laguna Beach hotspot

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    PigOut 1.0 Coming August 5, to Feature a Bunch of Local Chefs Butchering Pigs

    When 15 accomplished chefs are given carte blanche to serve swine, you know it's time to make a reservation. Chef Amar Santana of Broadway and Bobby Navarro of fully intend to make your visit memorable, all while raising funds for culinary scholarships. The inaugural PigOut 1.0 is ... More >>

  • Food

    March 24, 2011

    Alessa In Laguna Beach Not Alessa Version of the Original

    Alessandro Pirozzi's third restaurant makes for a flawless trilogy of Italian food

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Cucina Alessa Opens Third Restaurant in Laguna Beach

    Edwin Goei​ Did you know that Cucina Alessa, the excellent Newport Beach Italian restaurant that begat a just-as-good Huntington Beach offshoot (both of them, coincidentally listed on Dave's Top 5 favorite restaurants of 2010) opened another sister restaurant in Laguna Beach? Neither did I, until ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    Save The Date: 17th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco in April

    ​The 17th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night has announced it's chef line up. And there are new names this year (see them after the jump). If you are not already familiar, the gathering of local chefs puts them in competition with each other to create, well, the wildest and craziest tacos. L ... More >>