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Italian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    Italian Renaissance at Canaletto, Our Drink of the Week!

    Sometimes, I feel bad for Canaletto at Fashion Island. Its take on regional Italian cuisine frequently gets lost to the shopping center's crowd, especially the mock Italians that have their Ferraris and Fiats valeted just in front of the restaurant. The crowds usually want eggplant parmigiana and do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    On the Line: Alexander Dale of SeaLegs Wine Bar, Part One

    Chef Alexander Dale and I met the morning of Valentine's to go over his questionnaire. In the unusually peaceful wine bar, we covered topics that included his connection to Villa Nova and his juice obsession. You find culinary inspiration based on the weather. Any ideas for the recent rainfall and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Coming Tomorrow: Porktoberfest Part Deux

    We get our fair share of Octoberfest event announcements here at the Weekly, ranging from small bar/pub deals to giant, horribly planned "festivals." Of all these, my favorite hey-look-it's-October-let's-do-something-involving-beer concept has got to be Porktoberfest, which is happening tomorrow at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    An Unsliced Bit of Italy in Fullerton: Fuoco Pizzeria Napoletana

    "This place is the real deal," I said. My friend Angelo, who spent his formative years playing calcio in a dusty lot in Catanzaro, near the toe of the Italian boot, rolled his eyes."Everybody always says that," he grumbled, "and then I go and they're putting sausage and pepperoni on crappy focaccia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Rocco's Deli Italiano

    Gruff New Yorker attitudes don't last long on the laid-back, breezy streets of Long Beach, but there is always room for a cured-meat-filled, Italian-style sandwich with some East Coast sass. Signal Hill's Rocco's Deli Italiano just opened a second location in the East Village Arts District, and its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    On The Line: Stefano Procaccini Of La Parolaccia Osteria Italiana, Part Two

    Eight years ago, La Parolaccia Osteria Italiana started out as a modest space.  Then the businesses on either side of them closed, and they gained a duo of dining areas, a dessert station and wood-burning pizza oven. Their pasta is simply made 'at the moment' with fresh ingredients, like how th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Tender Greens and Kabuki To Open At Irvine Spectrum

    Irvine Spectrum is proving, yet again, to be the last frontier for chains that have made it everywhere else. In the past we've seen Cucina Enoteca, a branch of Tracy Borkum's Urban Kitchen Group based out of San Diego; Wood Ranch Grill, a BBQ chain with 14 stores that started in Moorpark; and Paul M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Spend $80 At One Of These Irvine Spectrum Restaurants, Get Two Tickets To The Circus

    It's rare that Donald Bren's empire will give you something for nothing...and this isn't one of those times; but the free Circus Vargas tickets The Irvine Spectrum is offering (with purchase) is more than I would usually expect from Bren & Co. So here it is: if you're going to spend $80 at one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Tonight: Wafflegato, a Waffle/Gelato/Espresso Hybrid, at OC Mart Mix

    Talk about collaboration. A bunch of shops at OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa have joined culinary forces to create a gourmet dessert called Wafflegato.  Here's the breakdown of ingredients: - Hand-crafted gelato from N'ice Cream- Dauphinoise, honey and almond from Cheese Shoppe- Show No Mercy E ... More >>

  • Food

    May 31, 2012

    Renata's Caffe Italiano Offers a Roman Holiday

    [Hole In the Wall] This Old Towne Orange eatery has great specials—but stay away from the regular food

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Luna Rossa Moving Into Bella Terra Neighborhood

    ​To add to Edwin's list of upcoming Surf City eateries, we've found yet another. And hey, look: it's Italian!Across from The Cheesecake Factory, one Luna Rossa Ristorante is in high gear, working to be ready for the public in the next few weeks. We inquired with a Bella Terra social media contact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Pizza e Vino Owner Planning New Restaurant in North County

    ​When Steve Dickus opened Pizza e Vino a few years ago on Rancho Santa Margarita Lake, I wondered how he would stay in business. His Neapolitan pizzas are the best in South County, but opening a high-end pizzeria in the middle of a recession in one of O.C.'s most remote locales seemed crazy (Ortic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Five Things I'd Like To Import From New Jersey and New York

    ​I've been out for a while dealing with some family stuff on the East Coast--you know I'm not originally from Califas, right?--and while it was pretty draining stuff, I did still have to eat. While the town I grew up in has turned into a bougie commuter paradise (they've got a fancy Wegman's, for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    A Look Inside CUCINA Enoteca, The Latest High-End Eatery to Hit the Irvine Spectrum

    ​A test run at lunch was the final exam for waitstaff at CUCINA enoteca before they opened for business Tuesday evening. The morning was spent in classic Extreme Home Makeover fashion, as crews raced to stage dual patios. We roamed the front of their 8,800 square foot house, snapping photos of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    On the Line: Gretchen Beaumarchais of Honda Center, Part Three

    Photo by Meranda Carter​The beauty of ravioli is the promise of yummy filling inside each pasta pocket. While typical options may include rich cheese or meat, chef Beaumarchais opts for something a little different. Enjoy a meatless Monday with the following ravioli recipe, and take the time to re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Leatherby's Cafe Rouge Does "Blue" Food for Blue Man Group

    ​We don't usually write posts on what any one restaurant has on special menus, because if we did, we'd end up doing it all the time. That is, of course, unless we feel like it, especially when the restaurant figures out a way to tie-in said meals to something interesting like the upcoming Blue Man ... More >>

  • Food

    November 3, 2011

    Pizza D'Oro Is the Golden Pizza

    [Hole In the Wall] Classic Italian-American cuisine and a really, really big slice o' pie

  • Food

    October 13, 2011

    East Coast Deli's Mucho Mangia

    [Hole In the Wall] Dive into a Mexican-Italian mash-up that's gloriously OC

  • Columns

    October 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Celebrate Italian Sausage Tonight At Nello Cucina

    Nello Cucina's Facebook page​It's Thursday night, and you're famished after purchasing that wedding/housewarming/birthday present at the plaza previously known as Crystal Court. A bakery or fish taco isn't cutting it; we're thinking Italian and vino. Lucky you, the answer is by the carousel.Before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Wholesome Choice Makes it Into the New York Times--Kind Of

    The calm before the storm...​Orange County's most-famous swarthy writer, Firoozeh Dumas of Funny in Farsi fame, has a great essay in yesterday's New York Times Magazine about the chaos that is waiting in the sangak line at Wholesome Choice, an opera we at SaFII have chronicled for years. Only prob ... More >>

  • Food

    November 18, 2010

    A New York Slice of Mind at Al's New York Café

    [Hole In the Wall] Costa Mesa pizzeria offers a beautiful slice of the Big Apple

  • Food

    September 9, 2010

    Listen for the Ecco

    New Italian eatery elevates the Camp from gearhead's hangout to foodie nexus

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Cooking Italian, The Wrong Way: Not a Panzanella Recipe

    rsgreen89, through a Creative Commons licenseBrandywine Tomatoes​For all of the wonderful simplicity and economy found in Italy's tradition of cucina povera--literally "poor kitchen", or peasant food--Italians can get awfully cranky when it comes to misinterpreting their barebones culinary ways. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    At the Farmers' Market: Plums and Pluots and Apriums, Oh My!

    Dave LiebermanApriums (yellow) and pluots (red-purple)​Fruit season is heavily upon us, with all the stone fruit flooding the market. You'll see the end of the season's apricots and a whole host of plums, pluots, plumcots and apriums, all of which are tasty witness to the fact that all stone fruit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! Great Italian in Northern OC?

    ​From a couple of weeks ago:This is going to sound like a ridiculously stupid (and simple) question but I'm yearning to find a good, authentic, and possibly cheap Italian restaurant in north Orange County (near or in Fullerton). Can the Mexican help me where the Yelp Gods have failed?Firstly, Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Gino Buonanoce & Salvatore Ferrara of Antonello Ristorante, Part One

    Kimberly Valenzuela​ This may be the first time we've profiled two people at the same time for On The Line, but both men are actually on the line at South Coast Plaza's Antonello Ristorante as co-executive chefs. Forget about that idiom about "too many cooks in the kitchen". Any restaurant w ... More >>

  • Food

    April 29, 2010

    Long Live Nick's Pizza

    [Hole in the Wall] Costa Mesa's little slice of Southern Italy

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Recipe of the Week: Chicken Cacciatore

    ​Stick a Fork In It always runs its recipes on a Wednesday, and sometimes that coincides with a yummy national food day. Today, however, is an exception: October 14 is National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day. Yikes!But instead of sharing my favorite recipe for cucarachas con chocolate, I'm bringing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2009

    Recipe of the Week: Nigella's White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake*

    ​* Dieters look away now!I found some luscious, juicy raspberries at Trader Joe's at the weekend, was but stumped for ideas about what to do with them. Somehow, to me, savory dishes with fruit don't appeal, and a bowl of berries with cream is plain boring.The result is today's recipe, which is cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Top 5 Frozen Yogurt Flavors I'd Like To See

    Since new yogurt stores seem to keep popping up like an unstoppable, virulent disease (See my earlier post here on the phenomenon), there's really one thing left to do: request more flavors.  Not that there's a lack of creativity out there.  Some, like Yogurtland, seem to have a hard-working f ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009
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    February 28, 2008
  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    The Chuck Wagon

    Steakhouses, mess halls, eateries, barbecues, fine-dining establishments, & gratuitous & thematically inconsistent Tolkien references

  • Articles

    September 20, 2007
  • Food

    August 2, 2007

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    December 21, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    October 26, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    May 25, 2006

    Grub Guide

    The best damn dining guide in Orange County

  • Food

    January 12, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This week in the county, S-Z

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
  • Food

    June 9, 2005
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    April 28, 2005
  • Food

    December 9, 2004

    Tango De La Pizza

    Traversing the countys Italian-South American trattorias

  • Unknown

    September 9, 2004
  • Food

    June 19, 2003

    Checklist Please

    Five frozen fancies

  • Features

    October 24, 2002
  • Features

    September 27, 2001

    Aliso Viejo

    The homies call it AV

  • Columns

    July 20, 2000
  • Food

    September 16, 1999

    Pleasure and Plein

    Lunch for the belly and soul

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