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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Dave LiebermanThere'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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Flickr user elswifterinoOne 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 >>
rsgreen89, through a Creative Commons licenseBrandywine TomatoesFor 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 >>
Kimberly ValenzuelaThe 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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
Edwin Goei1. 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 >>
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 >>