Cucina Alessa

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    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

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    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 >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Taste Of Balboa This Sunday

    Attending a Taste of 'X' isn't all that different from a restaurant week. You're paying less for food, right? The selling point of a "Taste" is one's ability to try a variety of foods in a compact amount of time and space. We walk, we eat, and then we repeat. To participate in one of these dining ci ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    On The Line: Steve Parker Of The Tulsa Rib Company, Part One

    As he awaits final inspections for the new home of The Tulsa Rib Company, Steve Parker finds time to answer our questions. "We've had 32 years to get prepared," he says of the decision to move after so many years in the same Orange strip mall, "so we should be alright on it." Special thanks to Liz P ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Anne Marie's Top Five Restaurants of 2012!

    If last year was spent finding our footing, this year was spent embracing our petiteness concentrated awesomeness. On the Line got a nip/tuck, and our subjects had more to discuss than ever (We're talking to YOU, Matt Strickland and Dean Kim). Our culinary crew discussed comings and goings, but we a ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    September 4, 2012

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

    To get Alessandro to sit still for our meeting was next to impossible. Somewhere between emails, planning the daily special (sea bass with a white wine sauce made with grapes in their garden), and coordinating the staff schedule, we went over the questionnaire. What was the first thing your Nonna Id ... More >>

  • Food

    August 23, 2012

    The Mein Event: OC's Best Noodles

    Noodles, noodles everywhere, from pho to pad Thai and everything else

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    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 >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Ten Great Italian Restaurants In Orange County

    ​When we initially began compiling our list, it appeared relatively easy. But when we got to talking to others about their love of all things pizza, pasta and marinara, there were so many more places to consider. We're certain your place for that perfect slice is missing from our ranks, so make it ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Ten Great Romantic Restaurants In Orange County

    Courtesy of AnQi​If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then romance is up to the couple. I am enamored by a room with a view, yet also appreciate when he brings me my favorite doughnut. We already anticipate the "Who cares?", and you know what? We welcome it. Get all that (sexual) frustration o ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    On the Line: Alan Greeley of the Golden Truffle, Part One

    ​Although chef Alan Greeley exercised brevity when responding to our questionnaire, his true colors shine in the kitchen. Disciples of his enduring cuisine understand the notion of world travel on a plate. The Golden Truffle's patio is the best seat in the house for this week's featured subject.Wh ... 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

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    December 16, 2010

    Dave's Top Five Restaurants for 2010

    Flickr user doug88888​These are not necessarily my top five restaurants in Orange County (though they're up there); these are the top five restaurants I visited for the first time in 2010. I might have visited ten times during the year or just once, but these are the five restaurants that stand ou ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Ask the Food Snob: The Birthday Conundrum

    ​Yo no soy comida críticoYo no soy comida crítico, soy capitánSoy capitán, soy capitán...Despite my non-food-criticness, I did get an email from loyal reader (merci!) Jon of Costa Mesa, asking the following:Where should I eat dinner in Orange County for my birthday? Having the hardest time e ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Photo provided by Chronicle Books​ Learn how to make skull-shaped cake pops just in time for Halloween and read up on more of what you missed this week in Stick a Fork In It after the jump!

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    October 4, 2010

    Drunk After Work: Cucina Alessa

    Edwin GoeiThe Place: Cucina Alessa, 520 Main St., Huntington Beach, (714) 969-2148; The Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 3-6 p.m. & 9-10 p.m.; Fri., 3-6 p.m. & 9-11 p.m.; Sat., 9-11 p.m.; Sun., 9-10 p.m.The Deal: $4 antipasti. $6 pizza marghertia or beef carpaccio. $3 draft ( ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Your Essential OC Happy Hour Guide

    Where to go for the best deals and drinks

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    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 >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Five Great Places to Eat While Biking the Santa Ana River Trail

    Dave Lieberman​Orange County is a surprisingly bike-friendly place, and the crown jewel of north OC has to be the Santa Ana River Trail, which goes from the ocean at the Huntington Beach/Newport Beach border to Prado Dam in Corona, completely separated from cars. (It will eventually, when Riversid ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009
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    July 28, 2009

    On the Line: Amar Santana of Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's

    ​This week we grilled Amar Santana, Executive Chef at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's, South Coast Plaza. As well as cooking, the Dominican Republic-born chef also teaches regular kitchen technique classes at the restaurant (for information, check the website).Here, he talks about his love of por ... More >>