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Pizzeria Ortica is more than just gorgeous pizzas, it has the feel of an authentic Italian bistro. This vivacious eatery is just a few steps away from the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and has tile floors, high ceilings, Palladian curved windows, a comfy bar and a modern sidewalk terrace. The menu consists of traditional Italian favorites such as antipasti, pasta, pizza, gelato and more. Everything is handmade and only local produce is used. The highlight of the cooking is their wood burning oven giving a heartwarming rustic taste to the dishes. You will mostly find business types during lunch hours for the two course special, huge entree salads or the smoky, delicious pizzas made with such yum toppings as crushed San Marzano tomatoes, Parma ham, house-made sausage, dandelion greens, Calabrian chilies and fresh ricotta. Main courses are the classic favorites like the the braised pork belly with caramelized radicchio. Must try in the desserts is the baba al rhum. Delectable cuisine, fine drinks, friendly service and convenient location, makes Pizzeria Ortica a happening place.
Darya Restaurant is a Persian restaurant with an opulent decor that has beautifully lit chandeliers, a lovely balcony, a cherrywood bar with a mirror and gorgeous food. Whether it is a boneless lamb kebab, chicken koobideh with jasmine rice, Persian stews, decadent desserts like pear chocolate torte or apricot mousse cake or any of the alluring dishes from the menu, it is just delectable. Their full service bar offers an extensive wine list from both international and domestic brands, customized cocktails and beer. Darya is a great place to host private and corporate events. They have live piano music every Friday and Saturday night for their diners entertainment.
This is a great restaurant with a delicious menu of Cuban dishes in a Latin setting. The restaurant feels like a little cafe in Havana. This is a great little spot where the food is good and the atmosphere is friendly. Much of the clientele consists of professionals who work in the area. The menu features Nueva Latina fare (not simply Cuban) since it is also inspired by South American cooking. The tamales, spicy seafood dishes, and marinated pork are excellent. There is a full bar plus a pretty good wine list.
Canaletto Ristorante Veneto is known for their authentic Northern Italian fare in Newport Beach's neighborhood. The made from scratch menu starts with the aromatic, fresh breads from Il Fornaio bakery moving onto seafood, rotisserie, grilled meats, poultry and game. House made and foreign pastas, delicious risottos, sizzling pizzas from a wood burning oven, antipasti and desserts all make way in the diverse menu. The restaurant has a cozy and romantic touch to it with its huge vaulted ceilings and Venetian glass and a cool white marble bar with a wooden ceilings featuring wines from Italy, California and other spirits. Some of their signature dishes are the salami platter, calamari fritti, pasta with ragu sauce and cannelloni di pollo. Must try's are the sausage pizza, tomato salad, and prosciutto panini. Since it is one of the hottest restaurants in the neighborhood, reservations are highly recommended. Bon Appetit!
This is known as a high-ticket Indian restaurant that is still a great value. The atmosphere is low-key and the focus is on the food. The clientele is diverse, with businesspeople stopping in for the popular lunch buffet and others coming in for dinner to enjoy a relaxing meal. There is live music in the evenings, featuring classic Indian melodies. The menu is north Indian, with a heavy focus on lamb and chicken, with dishes curries and vindaloo. The vegetables are also very good and packed with flavor. The tandoori dishes are spectacular and are made in the famous clay oven. Beer and wine are served with a few bottles of wine available in the low-to-medium price range.
Family owned and operated, Ristorante Rumari has been a Laguna Beach favorite since it opened its doors in 1990. Their vine covered patio with ocean views sets the scene to indulge in their extensive menu featuring traditional Italian fare highlighted by regional seafood specialties such as Cioppino and Risotto al Mare. The wine list is lengthy and includes not only Italian selections but excellent Californian and French vintages as well. Of course desert is not to be missed, and make sure to top off your meal the Italian way with a frothy cappuccino.