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Italian Food and Cooking

  • Food

    April 17, 2014

    Eureka! It's a Burger Discovery

    This chain of beer-and-burger-centered restaurants is poised to expand all over—but is it good?

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Cucina Enoteca To Open At Fashion Island

    Following the success of Cucina Enoteca at the Irvine Spectrum, Tracy Borkum's San Diego-based Urban Restaurant Group has announced that it will open another Enoteca at Fashion Island. The restaurant is going to claim a 8,300 square foot location across from Nordstrom. The anticipated opening date ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Sapori Ristorante Planning a Pizzeria Next Door

    Not to be outdone by the Pieologies and Mozzas of the world, Sapori Ristorante which has been a fixture at Bayside Center in Newport Beach since 1989 is going to expand into a pizzeria spin-off.

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Luna Rossa (Should Be) Opening Today In Tustin

    In the spring we announced the first Orange County location of Luna Rossa was setting up shop in Huntington Beach. Location number two just announced their debut. Sort of.Actually, they were scheduled to open Monday at The District in Tustin. But when we called yesterday for more information they sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Luna Rossa, Vegas-Based Italian Ristorante, To Open At The District In Tustin

    Luna Rossa, the Italian ristorante that also recently opened in Huntington Beach's Bella Terra, has put up a banner at the former site of Chaparosa Grill at The District in Tustin signaling its intent to move in.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    On the Line: Keba Parker of A Bite Truck, Part Three

    Keba discussed a recent truck stop they had a few hiccups at. They weren't going as fast as he'd like, but he quickly acknowledged that not everybody is as experienced on a luxe lonchera as he. Parker respected the learning curve of his team, and that is what makes his team more of a family. The way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    HopScotch, a Craft Beer and Whiskey Tavern, To Open in Downtown Fullerton

    A new craft beer and whiskey bar tavern is opening inside Downtown Fullerton's historic Pacific Electric Railroad Station, taking the place of former Italian eatery Spadra Ristorante.

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    On the Line: Jason Petrie of Pinot Provence, Part Three

    ​Unlike certain cheftestants, Petrie isn't afraid of a little risotto. In fact, he owns it with truffles and Parmesan crisps. Clear your evening, roll up those sleeves, and follow-up on part two while you're stirring the pot. Memorable flavor takes time, and we can vouch for it being worth the wai ... More >>

  • Food

    December 22, 2011

    Three Seventy Common Has a Common Denominator

    The former Sorrento Grill brings affordability to Laguna Beach with its Sunday meals

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Make It At Home: Fresh Pasta Edition

    Dave Lieberman​There's nothing like going to an Italian restaurant and sitting down to a plate of pasta, and there are certainly few more serendipitous moments than when the pasta arrives and it's tender, obviously house-made pasta simmered in sauce or simply tossed with oil and herbs.There's a lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Food Profiling: Hidden Gelato at Irvine Lanes!

    Anne Marie Panoringan​ At my last job, I occasionally coordinated events. One year, we needed a venue for our Office Safety Team appreciation dinner. Irvine Lanes had conference facilities, so a budget was determined and planning began. Dinner was a "South of the Border" buffet. For dessert, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Five Beloved, Worn, Stained Cookbooks In My Kitchen

    Dave LiebermanThis is the fate that awaits all beloved cookbooks in my kitchen.​I keep my own recipes in a black moleskine notebook, usually two entries to a page in my small, crabbed handwriting. The recipes are in no particular order, necessitating a sheet of paper to serve as an index in the ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Another New Irvine Spectrum Restaurant Announced

    ​In addition to Capital (dim sum by the people that brought your Capital Seafood in Irvine and beyond) and Wood Ranch BBQ, the Irvine Spectrum Center will get another new restaurant tenant next year.The latest is an Italian restaurant called CUCINA Enoteca.  The eatery, planned for Fall 2011, ... More >>

  • Food

    September 9, 2010

    Listen for the Ecco

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

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    #46. Linguine With Clams at Franco's Pasta Cucina

    Edwin Goei​ We continue to countdown our 100 favorite dishes at local restaurants. We'll be sharing these with you every weekday until our annual Best Of Issue comes out. Enjoy! #46. Linguine With Clams at Franco's Pasta CucinaAs we've reported before, Franco, the moody, irascible owner known lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    The Chameleon of the Kitchen: Red Gravy

    Flickr user elswifterino​One day, I was in a café in Paris' foodie black hole, place de la Madeleine, and I asked why there were so few Italian restaurants in Paris."Bof, la cuisine italienne ! Enlevez les tomates et y aura que la cuisine française mal faite," the waiter sneered--take away the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Ugo Allesina of Prego, Part Three

    Kimberly Valenzuela​The interview is done, the questions over; it's time to get cooking with Executive Chef and Partner Ugo Allesina of Prego Ristorante. (If you're looking for said interview, you can find it here and here.) This week, your chef-approved dish is abbacchio al senape, suckling lamb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Black Sesame Pudding Takes the Cake

    Grace LeItalian Tomato's Black Sesame Pudding and Strawberry Quartet Cake​ Looks aren't everything. Read on to find out how this glob of what looks like bizzarro flan actually tops the handsome slice of Heaven behind it.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Dessert of the Week: PB & J at Flight Bistro

    ​When it comes to high-end desserts, an ingredients combo like peanut butter and jelly is certainly not the first thing to come to mind. Ordering a "PB & J" may bring back memories of plastic lunch boxes and soggy bread, but the upscale Flight Bistro in Huntington Beach has put a new spin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2009

    5 Great Places to Cool Your Heads With Frozen Sugary Treats

    Edwin Goei​1. IKEA - $1 is the total cost for their drippy-delicious non-fat frozen yogurt cone. There's no fresh fruit or cereal for toppings. What's more, IKEA's yogurt is squarely set on the sweet side of the spectrum, not the sour. But it's swirled by a trained IKEA employee into a standard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    UPDATED: Paellaphiles Take Note: Lucca's Going All Spanish This Sunday

    ​The cuisine of France may be dominating the culinary news this week, thanks to Julie & Julia, but those of us who love its neighboring country might want to make a beeline for Lucca in Irvine. On Sunday, August 9, the Italian restaurant/deli will be dishing up a four-course Spanish dinner (se ... More >>

  • Food

    March 5, 2009
  • Food

    February 7, 2008

    Haute and Heavy

    Sutra may be OC's sexiest restaurant

  • Articles

    September 20, 2007
  • Food

    April 19, 2007

    The Gentrifying Gourmet

    Learning to like Ambrosia

  • Food

    February 1, 2007

    I See Midwestern People

    Disneys revamped steakhouse caters to tourists, boils things

  • Food

    January 18, 2007

    Less Food, More Wine

    Fear planning large group dinners? Try hosting your next one at Utopia

  • Food

    December 14, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    December 7, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    November 16, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    August 10, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    August 3, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from OC's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    May 25, 2006

    Grub Guide

    The best damn dining guide in Orange County

  • Food

    May 4, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This week in bringing back a bigger dining guide

  • Unknown

    June 23, 2005
  • Food

    May 12, 2005

    Grilling It Old School

    Dine like Newport Beach at Santa Ana prices at the student-run 50 Forks

  • Food

    March 31, 2005
  • Food

    January 27, 2005

    High-Class Slumming

    Low lights, small plates and big flavors at Motif

  • Food

    November 18, 2004

    Tastes Like Downtown LBC

    Taste of Long Beach squirms under self-imposed limitations

  • Food

    May 15, 2003

    Dave doesn't eat here!

    Five HB Italian restaurants not affiliated with the city's execrable ex-mayor

  • Food

    March 27, 2003

    Le Petit Chef

    Fat Bastard and Little Big Man do lunch at Foscari

  • Food

    November 7, 2002
  • Features

    January 31, 2002

    Nice Dish!

    100 things you should put in your mouth

  • Features

    September 27, 2001

    Corona del Mar

    Nighttime hotspot for the surgically enhanced

  • Food

    March 1, 2001

    Instant Ritz

    Saratoga Grill feels like its been here forever

  • Food

    January 18, 2001

    Dave Garofalo Eats Here!

    But, it turns out, not very often

  • Features

    October 26, 2000
  • Columns

    July 20, 2000
  • Food

    May 27, 1999

    Flapjack Fever

    Carbo inferno at Haute Cakes Caffe

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