Do you love truffle? Like, really really love truffle? If you do, I've got the dinner for you. Next Thursday, Nov. 13, Michael's on Naples in Long Beach is having a $300 six-course dinner with wine pairings included. The biggest perk though? Your own personal Alba white truffle complete with truffle ... More >>
Sit at the bar to watch your pizzas being made at its new location in downtown Long Beach
Irvine's version of a San Diego restaurant that flies against Donald Bren's beige boringness
Did you know A.C. Slater from Saved By the Bell has a cookbook? Yes, Extra host Mario Lopez recently debuted a cooking tome called Extra Lean Family -- and what's more is it's not even his first cookbook. Lopez will appear at the Irvine Spectrum under the Giant Wheel on Thursday, Oct. 6 from ... More >>
Alessandro Pirozzi's third restaurant makes for a flawless trilogy of Italian food
Flickr user nicoleleeNot Cafe Lucca's affogato; just a general idea.Cafe Lucca in Old Town Orange--which is not to be confused with Lucca Cafe, a Cal-Italian restaurant in Irvine's Quail Hill--was our pick for Best Gelato in OC Weekly's Best of 2009. The prices haven't changed, and the gelato is ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Prego RistoranteThe Place: Prego, 18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine; (949) 553-1333; www.pregoristoranti.com The Hours: 4:30 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Deal: $4 beers, $4.50 wine, $5 well drinks, $4 appetizers.
Kimberly ValenzuelaThis week we are featuring Executive Chef and Partner Ugo Allesina of Prego Ristorante in north Irvine on the line. If you missed Part One of the interview, you can find it here. Stay tuned tomorrow for a recipe from Chef Ugo!
Kimberly ValenzuelaAs promised, the co-executive chefs from Antonello Ristorante at South Coast Plaza share with us recipes from their restaurant. Read 'em: two recipes! If you missed it, check out the first part, or the second part of our questionnaire with the twosome. Otherwise...
Osteria DragoIt was widely reported that Celestino Drago, the acclaimed chef, was abandoning his plans for a Fashion Island restaurant called Osteria Drago. Then as I reported a few weeks ago, another Italian eatery called Rustica was moving in in its place like an understudy. That, I thought ... More >>
Jessica Ford Finbars in Seal Beach, a "New York style" Italian restaurant, serves up heaping bowls of pasta and thin-crust pizzas that stretch over the edge of the plate. The atmosphere is more homey than sophisticated, but it works for this neighborhood favorite, especially among those ... More >>
Picture Courtesy of Drago CentroMore details are coming in about the planned Osteria Drago, an Italian eatery with a Naples-style wood burning pizza oven and family-style dining, by Celestino Drago who brought you Drago Centro in L.A. The target date is vague, sometime around spring, but it will ... More >>
In a nation where restaurants shutter at an alarming rate, it's nice to see one thriving after four years. (The oft-quoted figure of 90 percent going under after 12 months is thought to be way too high, although the recession will no doubt have caused the more realistic 25 percent rate to go up.) ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhat's this? A new frozen dessert shop at Diamond Jamboree? And it's not another Pinkberry or Yogurtland clone? Finally, we discover that there is an entrepreneur out there who realized that the market is oversaturated with froyo and undersupplied with gelato.And if there's any frozen d ... More >>
First, as much as I like the idea of All-You-Can-Eat gelato, it seems, um, excessive. Face it: even if you could eat your weight in Italian ice cream, would you really want to?So it's not really that part of the equation that excites me about Tutto Amore's event, happening this Thursday night (6PM ... More >>
Just in time for Valentine's Day, I got an unsolicited e-mail from a PR person working for South Coast Plaza's restaurants. This time, there's finally some information I'd want to share with you: the special Valentine's menus for just about every eatery at SCP. So if you were thinking of one of SC ... More >>
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