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CUCINA enoteca Opens in North County with California-Inspired Italian Cuisine

CUCINA enoteca Opens in North County with California-Inspired Italian Cuisine

Good news, Del Marians (it'll catch on), CUCINA enoteca is now open right in your backyard. A fusion of California-inspired cuisine and Italian offerings, the new restaurant is fashioned similar to its well-known sister property, CUCINA urbana, as a modern kitchen with a rustic, country-farmhouse charm.

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The celebrated proprietor, restaurateur and interior designer Tracy Borkum is behind CUCINA enoteca's opening and has been a leader in San Diego's culinary world for the past 17 years. Located in Del Mar's Flower Hill Promenade, the two-story, 7,000-square-foot venue took nearly a year to construct. Borkum's other projects include the recently opened Fish Public, Urban Kitchen Catering, CUCINA urbana and the 2011 opening of CUCINA enoteca at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

Gathering an all-star team of local design, construction and artistic talent, Borkum created a space with fresh character and bohemian highlights with a focus on natural and reclaimed materials. The second-story open-air deck will serve as an outdoor lounge where diners can enjoy cocktails and small bites while overlooking the surrounding landscapes. Whether you're a handcrafted-specialty-cocktail person, a lover of hard-to-find Italian artisan beers or just a fine wines connoisseur, there'll be plenty of options to choose from here.

Heading up the culinary team are Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli and Chef de Cuisine Andrew Bachelier. Chef Magnanelli has an Italian heritage and has worked in small, family-owned eateries along with larger East Coast luxury restaurants. Combining flavors of Italy with organic California freshness, the menu boasts an in-house cheese program, hand crafted confections, artisanal breads and pastas made from scratch, and house made charcuterie and sausage selections.

The dinner menu includes items such as Burrata and Prosciutto Caprese salad, Short Rib Pappardelle, Smoked Prosciutto and Pineapple pizza, and a Brick Oven Roasted Whole Fish. Looking at their daily specials, you may want to start blocking out your week nights. Taco Tuesdays? Been there, done that. How about Take-Out Tuesday with a 20 percent discount off a pizza, salad and bottle of wine? Or do Wild Wednesdays and sink your teeth into a juicy burger washed down with a nice, crisp Moretti at happy hour prices.

One of the unique features is the "restaurant-to-retail" concept where guests can directly purchase items found in the restaurant like the customized furniture, lighting and décor, and hand-selected wines at retail price. Over the next ten years, Borkum plans to expand the brand for the Urban Kitchen Group by launching 10 additional CUCINA concepts across the nation. Which means you've got some eating to do. I know what you're thinking, and yes, I'll glady join you for a cheese plate.


The 13 Best Italian Restaurants in Orange County

Whether you are in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, enjoy our list of Orange County&rsquos best Italian restaurants.

If you're up for a culinary adventure, check our lists for best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

With ingredients imported from Italy and produce sourced from local farms, the pizza at Angelina&rsquos is borderline artwork. From the menu to the aesthetics of the restaurant, everything at this pizzeria was carefully curated to take you to Italy. Self-described as fine-casual, Angelina's is the place to be for some mouthwatering meals. 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200

Born in Naples, Italy, Chef Alessandro Pirozzi&rsquos upbringing and countless hours spent in the kitchen is evident in every bite of food. The restaurant is a Laguna Beach favorite, and it&rsquos pretty clear why. Offering outdoor dining and four delightful menus (lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks), the Italian eatery is a go-to for authenticity. 2929 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.675.2932

Who doesn&rsquot want to dine on lobster with Calabrian chili cream or a 8-oz. Angus filet while soaking in the views of Newport Bay? Warm, elegant and all-around enchanting Louie&rsquos by the Bay is equal parts restaurant and experience. Owner Ron Salisbury knows how to create a successful restaurant&mdashhaving done it twice before with the iconic Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and El Cholo&mdashso it&rsquos no wonder Louie&rsquos is exceptional as well. 2801 W Coast Hightway, Newport Beach, 949.720.1800

Open for outdoor dining on their atmospheric covered patio, Oliver&rsquos Osteria boasts authentic traditional Italian meals with modern upgrades. Owner and Executive Chef Erik De March, originally from Imola, Italy, adjusts the menu each season to embody the season&rsquos finest ingredients. If you&rsquore seeking a genuine Italian dinner (or brunch), reserve a table at Oliver&rsquos. 853 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0261

Bringing together traditional Italian recipes and the essence of Southern California, Cucina Enoteca&rsquos menu offers a selection of elevated choices. The refreshing lunch features accents like honey thyme vinaigrette and cannellini bean hummus, and the dinner options are equally as imaginative. Fashion Island, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416

Carpaccio di manzo, burrata prosciutto pizza and ravioli al pomodoro, oh my! With Il Barone&rsquos expansive selection of Italian dishes, everyone is bound to find something they&rsquoll love. All pastas at Il Barone are made in-house and by hand, and you can even purchase some of their standout ingredients, like the black truffle cream or arrabbiata sauce, to recreate your favorite meal at home. 900 Bristol St. N, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755

With a wine list that&rsquos won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, housemade pastas and authentic wood-fired pizza, Canaletto&rsquos offerings make it standout. Open for outdoor dining, contactless curbside pickup and delivery, the restaurant is the perfect choice for an evening out on the town or around the kitchen table. 545 Newport Beach Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900

Chef Sandro Nardone, Chef de Cuisine Frank DeLoach and the restaurant&rsquos general manager Roberto Marino have built an authentic Italian kitchen rooted in simplicity and goodness. Nardone, born in a small Italian town tucked between Rome and Naples, opened the restaurant in 2019 to share his expertise with Orange County. With the help of DeLoach and Marina, Bello has become a unique icon of Italian cooking in O.C. 1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.520.7191

With an inviting and open atmosphere, II Fornaio in Irvine engulfs guests in a Meditteranean experience. True to its namesake&mdash&ldquoil Fornaio&rdquo translating to &ldquothe baker&rdquo&mdash the location offers a menu chock-full of delicate and satisfying Italian dishes. Il Fornaio in Irvine is available for outdoor dining, as well as delivery and pickup. 18051 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, 949.261.1444

Providing guests with high-end dining since 1979, Antonello Ristorante is a must for those of us searching for a dinner that doubles as an immersive Italian experience. The menu is extensive and filled with delectable offerings like penne vodka with shrimp and sole filet with white wine sauce, but the wine selection is what has made the restaurant award-winning. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153

Since 1977, Rothschild&rsquos has been making guests feel like family and making pasta that will blow you away. The renowned restaurant has recently welcomed its newest owner and Executive Chef, Frank Fassero, to join the family business. At Rothschild&rsquos, start off the evening with something savory, like the toasted garlic bread or salmon cakes, then dine on some fettuccine or prime rib-eye, and round off the evening with some tiramisu. 2407 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.673.3750

With pasta made from scratch daily and an atmosphere of warmth and welcoming, North Italia is the ideal spot for a delightful Italian meal. We recommend making a reservation for the restaurant's weekend brunch to start your morning off right with some glazed Italian donut French toast or some Sicilian short rib ragu. However, whether you're dining on a Saturday morning or Thursday night, at North Italia you&rsquore bound to have a great time and some great food. 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060

Awarded Restaurant of the Year by the O.C Register Food Critic, Sapori lives up to its reputation of providing an outstanding culinary experience in a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The almost 32-year-old restaurant&rsquos dining room is now open to guests, and is the perfect spot for more than just date night: Sapori is also available to host private occasions and special events. 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220


The 13 Best Italian Restaurants in Orange County

Whether you are in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, enjoy our list of Orange County&rsquos best Italian restaurants.

If you're up for a culinary adventure, check our lists for best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

With ingredients imported from Italy and produce sourced from local farms, the pizza at Angelina&rsquos is borderline artwork. From the menu to the aesthetics of the restaurant, everything at this pizzeria was carefully curated to take you to Italy. Self-described as fine-casual, Angelina's is the place to be for some mouthwatering meals. 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200

Born in Naples, Italy, Chef Alessandro Pirozzi&rsquos upbringing and countless hours spent in the kitchen is evident in every bite of food. The restaurant is a Laguna Beach favorite, and it&rsquos pretty clear why. Offering outdoor dining and four delightful menus (lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks), the Italian eatery is a go-to for authenticity. 2929 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.675.2932

Who doesn&rsquot want to dine on lobster with Calabrian chili cream or a 8-oz. Angus filet while soaking in the views of Newport Bay? Warm, elegant and all-around enchanting Louie&rsquos by the Bay is equal parts restaurant and experience. Owner Ron Salisbury knows how to create a successful restaurant&mdashhaving done it twice before with the iconic Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and El Cholo&mdashso it&rsquos no wonder Louie&rsquos is exceptional as well. 2801 W Coast Hightway, Newport Beach, 949.720.1800

Open for outdoor dining on their atmospheric covered patio, Oliver&rsquos Osteria boasts authentic traditional Italian meals with modern upgrades. Owner and Executive Chef Erik De March, originally from Imola, Italy, adjusts the menu each season to embody the season&rsquos finest ingredients. If you&rsquore seeking a genuine Italian dinner (or brunch), reserve a table at Oliver&rsquos. 853 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0261

Bringing together traditional Italian recipes and the essence of Southern California, Cucina Enoteca&rsquos menu offers a selection of elevated choices. The refreshing lunch features accents like honey thyme vinaigrette and cannellini bean hummus, and the dinner options are equally as imaginative. Fashion Island, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416

Carpaccio di manzo, burrata prosciutto pizza and ravioli al pomodoro, oh my! With Il Barone&rsquos expansive selection of Italian dishes, everyone is bound to find something they&rsquoll love. All pastas at Il Barone are made in-house and by hand, and you can even purchase some of their standout ingredients, like the black truffle cream or arrabbiata sauce, to recreate your favorite meal at home. 900 Bristol St. N, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755

With a wine list that&rsquos won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, housemade pastas and authentic wood-fired pizza, Canaletto&rsquos offerings make it standout. Open for outdoor dining, contactless curbside pickup and delivery, the restaurant is the perfect choice for an evening out on the town or around the kitchen table. 545 Newport Beach Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900

Chef Sandro Nardone, Chef de Cuisine Frank DeLoach and the restaurant&rsquos general manager Roberto Marino have built an authentic Italian kitchen rooted in simplicity and goodness. Nardone, born in a small Italian town tucked between Rome and Naples, opened the restaurant in 2019 to share his expertise with Orange County. With the help of DeLoach and Marina, Bello has become a unique icon of Italian cooking in O.C. 1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.520.7191

With an inviting and open atmosphere, II Fornaio in Irvine engulfs guests in a Meditteranean experience. True to its namesake&mdash&ldquoil Fornaio&rdquo translating to &ldquothe baker&rdquo&mdash the location offers a menu chock-full of delicate and satisfying Italian dishes. Il Fornaio in Irvine is available for outdoor dining, as well as delivery and pickup. 18051 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, 949.261.1444

Providing guests with high-end dining since 1979, Antonello Ristorante is a must for those of us searching for a dinner that doubles as an immersive Italian experience. The menu is extensive and filled with delectable offerings like penne vodka with shrimp and sole filet with white wine sauce, but the wine selection is what has made the restaurant award-winning. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153

Since 1977, Rothschild&rsquos has been making guests feel like family and making pasta that will blow you away. The renowned restaurant has recently welcomed its newest owner and Executive Chef, Frank Fassero, to join the family business. At Rothschild&rsquos, start off the evening with something savory, like the toasted garlic bread or salmon cakes, then dine on some fettuccine or prime rib-eye, and round off the evening with some tiramisu. 2407 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.673.3750

With pasta made from scratch daily and an atmosphere of warmth and welcoming, North Italia is the ideal spot for a delightful Italian meal. We recommend making a reservation for the restaurant's weekend brunch to start your morning off right with some glazed Italian donut French toast or some Sicilian short rib ragu. However, whether you're dining on a Saturday morning or Thursday night, at North Italia you&rsquore bound to have a great time and some great food. 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060

Awarded Restaurant of the Year by the O.C Register Food Critic, Sapori lives up to its reputation of providing an outstanding culinary experience in a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The almost 32-year-old restaurant&rsquos dining room is now open to guests, and is the perfect spot for more than just date night: Sapori is also available to host private occasions and special events. 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220


The 13 Best Italian Restaurants in Orange County

Whether you are in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, enjoy our list of Orange County&rsquos best Italian restaurants.

If you're up for a culinary adventure, check our lists for best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

With ingredients imported from Italy and produce sourced from local farms, the pizza at Angelina&rsquos is borderline artwork. From the menu to the aesthetics of the restaurant, everything at this pizzeria was carefully curated to take you to Italy. Self-described as fine-casual, Angelina's is the place to be for some mouthwatering meals. 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200

Born in Naples, Italy, Chef Alessandro Pirozzi&rsquos upbringing and countless hours spent in the kitchen is evident in every bite of food. The restaurant is a Laguna Beach favorite, and it&rsquos pretty clear why. Offering outdoor dining and four delightful menus (lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks), the Italian eatery is a go-to for authenticity. 2929 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.675.2932

Who doesn&rsquot want to dine on lobster with Calabrian chili cream or a 8-oz. Angus filet while soaking in the views of Newport Bay? Warm, elegant and all-around enchanting Louie&rsquos by the Bay is equal parts restaurant and experience. Owner Ron Salisbury knows how to create a successful restaurant&mdashhaving done it twice before with the iconic Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and El Cholo&mdashso it&rsquos no wonder Louie&rsquos is exceptional as well. 2801 W Coast Hightway, Newport Beach, 949.720.1800

Open for outdoor dining on their atmospheric covered patio, Oliver&rsquos Osteria boasts authentic traditional Italian meals with modern upgrades. Owner and Executive Chef Erik De March, originally from Imola, Italy, adjusts the menu each season to embody the season&rsquos finest ingredients. If you&rsquore seeking a genuine Italian dinner (or brunch), reserve a table at Oliver&rsquos. 853 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0261

Bringing together traditional Italian recipes and the essence of Southern California, Cucina Enoteca&rsquos menu offers a selection of elevated choices. The refreshing lunch features accents like honey thyme vinaigrette and cannellini bean hummus, and the dinner options are equally as imaginative. Fashion Island, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416

Carpaccio di manzo, burrata prosciutto pizza and ravioli al pomodoro, oh my! With Il Barone&rsquos expansive selection of Italian dishes, everyone is bound to find something they&rsquoll love. All pastas at Il Barone are made in-house and by hand, and you can even purchase some of their standout ingredients, like the black truffle cream or arrabbiata sauce, to recreate your favorite meal at home. 900 Bristol St. N, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755

With a wine list that&rsquos won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, housemade pastas and authentic wood-fired pizza, Canaletto&rsquos offerings make it standout. Open for outdoor dining, contactless curbside pickup and delivery, the restaurant is the perfect choice for an evening out on the town or around the kitchen table. 545 Newport Beach Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900

Chef Sandro Nardone, Chef de Cuisine Frank DeLoach and the restaurant&rsquos general manager Roberto Marino have built an authentic Italian kitchen rooted in simplicity and goodness. Nardone, born in a small Italian town tucked between Rome and Naples, opened the restaurant in 2019 to share his expertise with Orange County. With the help of DeLoach and Marina, Bello has become a unique icon of Italian cooking in O.C. 1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.520.7191

With an inviting and open atmosphere, II Fornaio in Irvine engulfs guests in a Meditteranean experience. True to its namesake&mdash&ldquoil Fornaio&rdquo translating to &ldquothe baker&rdquo&mdash the location offers a menu chock-full of delicate and satisfying Italian dishes. Il Fornaio in Irvine is available for outdoor dining, as well as delivery and pickup. 18051 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, 949.261.1444

Providing guests with high-end dining since 1979, Antonello Ristorante is a must for those of us searching for a dinner that doubles as an immersive Italian experience. The menu is extensive and filled with delectable offerings like penne vodka with shrimp and sole filet with white wine sauce, but the wine selection is what has made the restaurant award-winning. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153

Since 1977, Rothschild&rsquos has been making guests feel like family and making pasta that will blow you away. The renowned restaurant has recently welcomed its newest owner and Executive Chef, Frank Fassero, to join the family business. At Rothschild&rsquos, start off the evening with something savory, like the toasted garlic bread or salmon cakes, then dine on some fettuccine or prime rib-eye, and round off the evening with some tiramisu. 2407 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.673.3750

With pasta made from scratch daily and an atmosphere of warmth and welcoming, North Italia is the ideal spot for a delightful Italian meal. We recommend making a reservation for the restaurant's weekend brunch to start your morning off right with some glazed Italian donut French toast or some Sicilian short rib ragu. However, whether you're dining on a Saturday morning or Thursday night, at North Italia you&rsquore bound to have a great time and some great food. 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060

Awarded Restaurant of the Year by the O.C Register Food Critic, Sapori lives up to its reputation of providing an outstanding culinary experience in a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The almost 32-year-old restaurant&rsquos dining room is now open to guests, and is the perfect spot for more than just date night: Sapori is also available to host private occasions and special events. 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220


The 13 Best Italian Restaurants in Orange County

Whether you are in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, enjoy our list of Orange County&rsquos best Italian restaurants.

If you're up for a culinary adventure, check our lists for best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

With ingredients imported from Italy and produce sourced from local farms, the pizza at Angelina&rsquos is borderline artwork. From the menu to the aesthetics of the restaurant, everything at this pizzeria was carefully curated to take you to Italy. Self-described as fine-casual, Angelina's is the place to be for some mouthwatering meals. 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200

Born in Naples, Italy, Chef Alessandro Pirozzi&rsquos upbringing and countless hours spent in the kitchen is evident in every bite of food. The restaurant is a Laguna Beach favorite, and it&rsquos pretty clear why. Offering outdoor dining and four delightful menus (lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks), the Italian eatery is a go-to for authenticity. 2929 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.675.2932

Who doesn&rsquot want to dine on lobster with Calabrian chili cream or a 8-oz. Angus filet while soaking in the views of Newport Bay? Warm, elegant and all-around enchanting Louie&rsquos by the Bay is equal parts restaurant and experience. Owner Ron Salisbury knows how to create a successful restaurant&mdashhaving done it twice before with the iconic Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and El Cholo&mdashso it&rsquos no wonder Louie&rsquos is exceptional as well. 2801 W Coast Hightway, Newport Beach, 949.720.1800

Open for outdoor dining on their atmospheric covered patio, Oliver&rsquos Osteria boasts authentic traditional Italian meals with modern upgrades. Owner and Executive Chef Erik De March, originally from Imola, Italy, adjusts the menu each season to embody the season&rsquos finest ingredients. If you&rsquore seeking a genuine Italian dinner (or brunch), reserve a table at Oliver&rsquos. 853 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0261

Bringing together traditional Italian recipes and the essence of Southern California, Cucina Enoteca&rsquos menu offers a selection of elevated choices. The refreshing lunch features accents like honey thyme vinaigrette and cannellini bean hummus, and the dinner options are equally as imaginative. Fashion Island, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416

Carpaccio di manzo, burrata prosciutto pizza and ravioli al pomodoro, oh my! With Il Barone&rsquos expansive selection of Italian dishes, everyone is bound to find something they&rsquoll love. All pastas at Il Barone are made in-house and by hand, and you can even purchase some of their standout ingredients, like the black truffle cream or arrabbiata sauce, to recreate your favorite meal at home. 900 Bristol St. N, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755

With a wine list that&rsquos won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, housemade pastas and authentic wood-fired pizza, Canaletto&rsquos offerings make it standout. Open for outdoor dining, contactless curbside pickup and delivery, the restaurant is the perfect choice for an evening out on the town or around the kitchen table. 545 Newport Beach Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900

Chef Sandro Nardone, Chef de Cuisine Frank DeLoach and the restaurant&rsquos general manager Roberto Marino have built an authentic Italian kitchen rooted in simplicity and goodness. Nardone, born in a small Italian town tucked between Rome and Naples, opened the restaurant in 2019 to share his expertise with Orange County. With the help of DeLoach and Marina, Bello has become a unique icon of Italian cooking in O.C. 1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.520.7191

With an inviting and open atmosphere, II Fornaio in Irvine engulfs guests in a Meditteranean experience. True to its namesake&mdash&ldquoil Fornaio&rdquo translating to &ldquothe baker&rdquo&mdash the location offers a menu chock-full of delicate and satisfying Italian dishes. Il Fornaio in Irvine is available for outdoor dining, as well as delivery and pickup. 18051 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, 949.261.1444

Providing guests with high-end dining since 1979, Antonello Ristorante is a must for those of us searching for a dinner that doubles as an immersive Italian experience. The menu is extensive and filled with delectable offerings like penne vodka with shrimp and sole filet with white wine sauce, but the wine selection is what has made the restaurant award-winning. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153

Since 1977, Rothschild&rsquos has been making guests feel like family and making pasta that will blow you away. The renowned restaurant has recently welcomed its newest owner and Executive Chef, Frank Fassero, to join the family business. At Rothschild&rsquos, start off the evening with something savory, like the toasted garlic bread or salmon cakes, then dine on some fettuccine or prime rib-eye, and round off the evening with some tiramisu. 2407 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.673.3750

With pasta made from scratch daily and an atmosphere of warmth and welcoming, North Italia is the ideal spot for a delightful Italian meal. We recommend making a reservation for the restaurant's weekend brunch to start your morning off right with some glazed Italian donut French toast or some Sicilian short rib ragu. However, whether you're dining on a Saturday morning or Thursday night, at North Italia you&rsquore bound to have a great time and some great food. 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060

Awarded Restaurant of the Year by the O.C Register Food Critic, Sapori lives up to its reputation of providing an outstanding culinary experience in a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The almost 32-year-old restaurant&rsquos dining room is now open to guests, and is the perfect spot for more than just date night: Sapori is also available to host private occasions and special events. 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220


The 13 Best Italian Restaurants in Orange County

Whether you are in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, enjoy our list of Orange County&rsquos best Italian restaurants.

If you're up for a culinary adventure, check our lists for best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

With ingredients imported from Italy and produce sourced from local farms, the pizza at Angelina&rsquos is borderline artwork. From the menu to the aesthetics of the restaurant, everything at this pizzeria was carefully curated to take you to Italy. Self-described as fine-casual, Angelina's is the place to be for some mouthwatering meals. 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200

Born in Naples, Italy, Chef Alessandro Pirozzi&rsquos upbringing and countless hours spent in the kitchen is evident in every bite of food. The restaurant is a Laguna Beach favorite, and it&rsquos pretty clear why. Offering outdoor dining and four delightful menus (lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks), the Italian eatery is a go-to for authenticity. 2929 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.675.2932

Who doesn&rsquot want to dine on lobster with Calabrian chili cream or a 8-oz. Angus filet while soaking in the views of Newport Bay? Warm, elegant and all-around enchanting Louie&rsquos by the Bay is equal parts restaurant and experience. Owner Ron Salisbury knows how to create a successful restaurant&mdashhaving done it twice before with the iconic Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and El Cholo&mdashso it&rsquos no wonder Louie&rsquos is exceptional as well. 2801 W Coast Hightway, Newport Beach, 949.720.1800

Open for outdoor dining on their atmospheric covered patio, Oliver&rsquos Osteria boasts authentic traditional Italian meals with modern upgrades. Owner and Executive Chef Erik De March, originally from Imola, Italy, adjusts the menu each season to embody the season&rsquos finest ingredients. If you&rsquore seeking a genuine Italian dinner (or brunch), reserve a table at Oliver&rsquos. 853 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0261

Bringing together traditional Italian recipes and the essence of Southern California, Cucina Enoteca&rsquos menu offers a selection of elevated choices. The refreshing lunch features accents like honey thyme vinaigrette and cannellini bean hummus, and the dinner options are equally as imaginative. Fashion Island, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416

Carpaccio di manzo, burrata prosciutto pizza and ravioli al pomodoro, oh my! With Il Barone&rsquos expansive selection of Italian dishes, everyone is bound to find something they&rsquoll love. All pastas at Il Barone are made in-house and by hand, and you can even purchase some of their standout ingredients, like the black truffle cream or arrabbiata sauce, to recreate your favorite meal at home. 900 Bristol St. N, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755

With a wine list that&rsquos won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, housemade pastas and authentic wood-fired pizza, Canaletto&rsquos offerings make it standout. Open for outdoor dining, contactless curbside pickup and delivery, the restaurant is the perfect choice for an evening out on the town or around the kitchen table. 545 Newport Beach Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900

Chef Sandro Nardone, Chef de Cuisine Frank DeLoach and the restaurant&rsquos general manager Roberto Marino have built an authentic Italian kitchen rooted in simplicity and goodness. Nardone, born in a small Italian town tucked between Rome and Naples, opened the restaurant in 2019 to share his expertise with Orange County. With the help of DeLoach and Marina, Bello has become a unique icon of Italian cooking in O.C. 1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.520.7191

With an inviting and open atmosphere, II Fornaio in Irvine engulfs guests in a Meditteranean experience. True to its namesake&mdash&ldquoil Fornaio&rdquo translating to &ldquothe baker&rdquo&mdash the location offers a menu chock-full of delicate and satisfying Italian dishes. Il Fornaio in Irvine is available for outdoor dining, as well as delivery and pickup. 18051 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, 949.261.1444

Providing guests with high-end dining since 1979, Antonello Ristorante is a must for those of us searching for a dinner that doubles as an immersive Italian experience. The menu is extensive and filled with delectable offerings like penne vodka with shrimp and sole filet with white wine sauce, but the wine selection is what has made the restaurant award-winning. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153

Since 1977, Rothschild&rsquos has been making guests feel like family and making pasta that will blow you away. The renowned restaurant has recently welcomed its newest owner and Executive Chef, Frank Fassero, to join the family business. At Rothschild&rsquos, start off the evening with something savory, like the toasted garlic bread or salmon cakes, then dine on some fettuccine or prime rib-eye, and round off the evening with some tiramisu. 2407 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.673.3750

With pasta made from scratch daily and an atmosphere of warmth and welcoming, North Italia is the ideal spot for a delightful Italian meal. We recommend making a reservation for the restaurant's weekend brunch to start your morning off right with some glazed Italian donut French toast or some Sicilian short rib ragu. However, whether you're dining on a Saturday morning or Thursday night, at North Italia you&rsquore bound to have a great time and some great food. 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060

Awarded Restaurant of the Year by the O.C Register Food Critic, Sapori lives up to its reputation of providing an outstanding culinary experience in a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The almost 32-year-old restaurant&rsquos dining room is now open to guests, and is the perfect spot for more than just date night: Sapori is also available to host private occasions and special events. 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220


The 13 Best Italian Restaurants in Orange County

Whether you are in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, enjoy our list of Orange County&rsquos best Italian restaurants.

If you're up for a culinary adventure, check our lists for best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

With ingredients imported from Italy and produce sourced from local farms, the pizza at Angelina&rsquos is borderline artwork. From the menu to the aesthetics of the restaurant, everything at this pizzeria was carefully curated to take you to Italy. Self-described as fine-casual, Angelina's is the place to be for some mouthwatering meals. 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200

Born in Naples, Italy, Chef Alessandro Pirozzi&rsquos upbringing and countless hours spent in the kitchen is evident in every bite of food. The restaurant is a Laguna Beach favorite, and it&rsquos pretty clear why. Offering outdoor dining and four delightful menus (lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks), the Italian eatery is a go-to for authenticity. 2929 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.675.2932

Who doesn&rsquot want to dine on lobster with Calabrian chili cream or a 8-oz. Angus filet while soaking in the views of Newport Bay? Warm, elegant and all-around enchanting Louie&rsquos by the Bay is equal parts restaurant and experience. Owner Ron Salisbury knows how to create a successful restaurant&mdashhaving done it twice before with the iconic Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and El Cholo&mdashso it&rsquos no wonder Louie&rsquos is exceptional as well. 2801 W Coast Hightway, Newport Beach, 949.720.1800

Open for outdoor dining on their atmospheric covered patio, Oliver&rsquos Osteria boasts authentic traditional Italian meals with modern upgrades. Owner and Executive Chef Erik De March, originally from Imola, Italy, adjusts the menu each season to embody the season&rsquos finest ingredients. If you&rsquore seeking a genuine Italian dinner (or brunch), reserve a table at Oliver&rsquos. 853 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0261

Bringing together traditional Italian recipes and the essence of Southern California, Cucina Enoteca&rsquos menu offers a selection of elevated choices. The refreshing lunch features accents like honey thyme vinaigrette and cannellini bean hummus, and the dinner options are equally as imaginative. Fashion Island, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416

Carpaccio di manzo, burrata prosciutto pizza and ravioli al pomodoro, oh my! With Il Barone&rsquos expansive selection of Italian dishes, everyone is bound to find something they&rsquoll love. All pastas at Il Barone are made in-house and by hand, and you can even purchase some of their standout ingredients, like the black truffle cream or arrabbiata sauce, to recreate your favorite meal at home. 900 Bristol St. N, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755

With a wine list that&rsquos won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, housemade pastas and authentic wood-fired pizza, Canaletto&rsquos offerings make it standout. Open for outdoor dining, contactless curbside pickup and delivery, the restaurant is the perfect choice for an evening out on the town or around the kitchen table. 545 Newport Beach Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900

Chef Sandro Nardone, Chef de Cuisine Frank DeLoach and the restaurant&rsquos general manager Roberto Marino have built an authentic Italian kitchen rooted in simplicity and goodness. Nardone, born in a small Italian town tucked between Rome and Naples, opened the restaurant in 2019 to share his expertise with Orange County. With the help of DeLoach and Marina, Bello has become a unique icon of Italian cooking in O.C. 1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.520.7191

With an inviting and open atmosphere, II Fornaio in Irvine engulfs guests in a Meditteranean experience. True to its namesake&mdash&ldquoil Fornaio&rdquo translating to &ldquothe baker&rdquo&mdash the location offers a menu chock-full of delicate and satisfying Italian dishes. Il Fornaio in Irvine is available for outdoor dining, as well as delivery and pickup. 18051 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, 949.261.1444

Providing guests with high-end dining since 1979, Antonello Ristorante is a must for those of us searching for a dinner that doubles as an immersive Italian experience. The menu is extensive and filled with delectable offerings like penne vodka with shrimp and sole filet with white wine sauce, but the wine selection is what has made the restaurant award-winning. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153

Since 1977, Rothschild&rsquos has been making guests feel like family and making pasta that will blow you away. The renowned restaurant has recently welcomed its newest owner and Executive Chef, Frank Fassero, to join the family business. At Rothschild&rsquos, start off the evening with something savory, like the toasted garlic bread or salmon cakes, then dine on some fettuccine or prime rib-eye, and round off the evening with some tiramisu. 2407 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.673.3750

With pasta made from scratch daily and an atmosphere of warmth and welcoming, North Italia is the ideal spot for a delightful Italian meal. We recommend making a reservation for the restaurant's weekend brunch to start your morning off right with some glazed Italian donut French toast or some Sicilian short rib ragu. However, whether you're dining on a Saturday morning or Thursday night, at North Italia you&rsquore bound to have a great time and some great food. 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060

Awarded Restaurant of the Year by the O.C Register Food Critic, Sapori lives up to its reputation of providing an outstanding culinary experience in a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The almost 32-year-old restaurant&rsquos dining room is now open to guests, and is the perfect spot for more than just date night: Sapori is also available to host private occasions and special events. 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220


The 13 Best Italian Restaurants in Orange County

Whether you are in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, enjoy our list of Orange County&rsquos best Italian restaurants.

If you're up for a culinary adventure, check our lists for best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

With ingredients imported from Italy and produce sourced from local farms, the pizza at Angelina&rsquos is borderline artwork. From the menu to the aesthetics of the restaurant, everything at this pizzeria was carefully curated to take you to Italy. Self-described as fine-casual, Angelina's is the place to be for some mouthwatering meals. 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200

Born in Naples, Italy, Chef Alessandro Pirozzi&rsquos upbringing and countless hours spent in the kitchen is evident in every bite of food. The restaurant is a Laguna Beach favorite, and it&rsquos pretty clear why. Offering outdoor dining and four delightful menus (lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks), the Italian eatery is a go-to for authenticity. 2929 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.675.2932

Who doesn&rsquot want to dine on lobster with Calabrian chili cream or a 8-oz. Angus filet while soaking in the views of Newport Bay? Warm, elegant and all-around enchanting Louie&rsquos by the Bay is equal parts restaurant and experience. Owner Ron Salisbury knows how to create a successful restaurant&mdashhaving done it twice before with the iconic Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and El Cholo&mdashso it&rsquos no wonder Louie&rsquos is exceptional as well. 2801 W Coast Hightway, Newport Beach, 949.720.1800

Open for outdoor dining on their atmospheric covered patio, Oliver&rsquos Osteria boasts authentic traditional Italian meals with modern upgrades. Owner and Executive Chef Erik De March, originally from Imola, Italy, adjusts the menu each season to embody the season&rsquos finest ingredients. If you&rsquore seeking a genuine Italian dinner (or brunch), reserve a table at Oliver&rsquos. 853 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0261

Bringing together traditional Italian recipes and the essence of Southern California, Cucina Enoteca&rsquos menu offers a selection of elevated choices. The refreshing lunch features accents like honey thyme vinaigrette and cannellini bean hummus, and the dinner options are equally as imaginative. Fashion Island, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416

Carpaccio di manzo, burrata prosciutto pizza and ravioli al pomodoro, oh my! With Il Barone&rsquos expansive selection of Italian dishes, everyone is bound to find something they&rsquoll love. All pastas at Il Barone are made in-house and by hand, and you can even purchase some of their standout ingredients, like the black truffle cream or arrabbiata sauce, to recreate your favorite meal at home. 900 Bristol St. N, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755

With a wine list that&rsquos won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, housemade pastas and authentic wood-fired pizza, Canaletto&rsquos offerings make it standout. Open for outdoor dining, contactless curbside pickup and delivery, the restaurant is the perfect choice for an evening out on the town or around the kitchen table. 545 Newport Beach Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900

Chef Sandro Nardone, Chef de Cuisine Frank DeLoach and the restaurant&rsquos general manager Roberto Marino have built an authentic Italian kitchen rooted in simplicity and goodness. Nardone, born in a small Italian town tucked between Rome and Naples, opened the restaurant in 2019 to share his expertise with Orange County. With the help of DeLoach and Marina, Bello has become a unique icon of Italian cooking in O.C. 1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.520.7191

With an inviting and open atmosphere, II Fornaio in Irvine engulfs guests in a Meditteranean experience. True to its namesake&mdash&ldquoil Fornaio&rdquo translating to &ldquothe baker&rdquo&mdash the location offers a menu chock-full of delicate and satisfying Italian dishes. Il Fornaio in Irvine is available for outdoor dining, as well as delivery and pickup. 18051 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, 949.261.1444

Providing guests with high-end dining since 1979, Antonello Ristorante is a must for those of us searching for a dinner that doubles as an immersive Italian experience. The menu is extensive and filled with delectable offerings like penne vodka with shrimp and sole filet with white wine sauce, but the wine selection is what has made the restaurant award-winning. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153

Since 1977, Rothschild&rsquos has been making guests feel like family and making pasta that will blow you away. The renowned restaurant has recently welcomed its newest owner and Executive Chef, Frank Fassero, to join the family business. At Rothschild&rsquos, start off the evening with something savory, like the toasted garlic bread or salmon cakes, then dine on some fettuccine or prime rib-eye, and round off the evening with some tiramisu. 2407 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.673.3750

With pasta made from scratch daily and an atmosphere of warmth and welcoming, North Italia is the ideal spot for a delightful Italian meal. We recommend making a reservation for the restaurant's weekend brunch to start your morning off right with some glazed Italian donut French toast or some Sicilian short rib ragu. However, whether you're dining on a Saturday morning or Thursday night, at North Italia you&rsquore bound to have a great time and some great food. 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060

Awarded Restaurant of the Year by the O.C Register Food Critic, Sapori lives up to its reputation of providing an outstanding culinary experience in a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The almost 32-year-old restaurant&rsquos dining room is now open to guests, and is the perfect spot for more than just date night: Sapori is also available to host private occasions and special events. 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220


The 13 Best Italian Restaurants in Orange County

Whether you are in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, enjoy our list of Orange County&rsquos best Italian restaurants.

If you're up for a culinary adventure, check our lists for best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

With ingredients imported from Italy and produce sourced from local farms, the pizza at Angelina&rsquos is borderline artwork. From the menu to the aesthetics of the restaurant, everything at this pizzeria was carefully curated to take you to Italy. Self-described as fine-casual, Angelina's is the place to be for some mouthwatering meals. 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200

Born in Naples, Italy, Chef Alessandro Pirozzi&rsquos upbringing and countless hours spent in the kitchen is evident in every bite of food. The restaurant is a Laguna Beach favorite, and it&rsquos pretty clear why. Offering outdoor dining and four delightful menus (lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks), the Italian eatery is a go-to for authenticity. 2929 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.675.2932

Who doesn&rsquot want to dine on lobster with Calabrian chili cream or a 8-oz. Angus filet while soaking in the views of Newport Bay? Warm, elegant and all-around enchanting Louie&rsquos by the Bay is equal parts restaurant and experience. Owner Ron Salisbury knows how to create a successful restaurant&mdashhaving done it twice before with the iconic Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and El Cholo&mdashso it&rsquos no wonder Louie&rsquos is exceptional as well. 2801 W Coast Hightway, Newport Beach, 949.720.1800

Open for outdoor dining on their atmospheric covered patio, Oliver&rsquos Osteria boasts authentic traditional Italian meals with modern upgrades. Owner and Executive Chef Erik De March, originally from Imola, Italy, adjusts the menu each season to embody the season&rsquos finest ingredients. If you&rsquore seeking a genuine Italian dinner (or brunch), reserve a table at Oliver&rsquos. 853 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0261

Bringing together traditional Italian recipes and the essence of Southern California, Cucina Enoteca&rsquos menu offers a selection of elevated choices. The refreshing lunch features accents like honey thyme vinaigrette and cannellini bean hummus, and the dinner options are equally as imaginative. Fashion Island, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416

Carpaccio di manzo, burrata prosciutto pizza and ravioli al pomodoro, oh my! With Il Barone&rsquos expansive selection of Italian dishes, everyone is bound to find something they&rsquoll love. All pastas at Il Barone are made in-house and by hand, and you can even purchase some of their standout ingredients, like the black truffle cream or arrabbiata sauce, to recreate your favorite meal at home. 900 Bristol St. N, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755

With a wine list that&rsquos won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, housemade pastas and authentic wood-fired pizza, Canaletto&rsquos offerings make it standout. Open for outdoor dining, contactless curbside pickup and delivery, the restaurant is the perfect choice for an evening out on the town or around the kitchen table. 545 Newport Beach Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900

Chef Sandro Nardone, Chef de Cuisine Frank DeLoach and the restaurant&rsquos general manager Roberto Marino have built an authentic Italian kitchen rooted in simplicity and goodness. Nardone, born in a small Italian town tucked between Rome and Naples, opened the restaurant in 2019 to share his expertise with Orange County. With the help of DeLoach and Marina, Bello has become a unique icon of Italian cooking in O.C. 1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.520.7191

With an inviting and open atmosphere, II Fornaio in Irvine engulfs guests in a Meditteranean experience. True to its namesake&mdash&ldquoil Fornaio&rdquo translating to &ldquothe baker&rdquo&mdash the location offers a menu chock-full of delicate and satisfying Italian dishes. Il Fornaio in Irvine is available for outdoor dining, as well as delivery and pickup. 18051 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, 949.261.1444

Providing guests with high-end dining since 1979, Antonello Ristorante is a must for those of us searching for a dinner that doubles as an immersive Italian experience. The menu is extensive and filled with delectable offerings like penne vodka with shrimp and sole filet with white wine sauce, but the wine selection is what has made the restaurant award-winning. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153

Since 1977, Rothschild&rsquos has been making guests feel like family and making pasta that will blow you away. The renowned restaurant has recently welcomed its newest owner and Executive Chef, Frank Fassero, to join the family business. At Rothschild&rsquos, start off the evening with something savory, like the toasted garlic bread or salmon cakes, then dine on some fettuccine or prime rib-eye, and round off the evening with some tiramisu. 2407 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.673.3750

With pasta made from scratch daily and an atmosphere of warmth and welcoming, North Italia is the ideal spot for a delightful Italian meal. We recommend making a reservation for the restaurant's weekend brunch to start your morning off right with some glazed Italian donut French toast or some Sicilian short rib ragu. However, whether you're dining on a Saturday morning or Thursday night, at North Italia you&rsquore bound to have a great time and some great food. 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060

Awarded Restaurant of the Year by the O.C Register Food Critic, Sapori lives up to its reputation of providing an outstanding culinary experience in a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The almost 32-year-old restaurant&rsquos dining room is now open to guests, and is the perfect spot for more than just date night: Sapori is also available to host private occasions and special events. 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220


The 13 Best Italian Restaurants in Orange County

Whether you are in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, enjoy our list of Orange County&rsquos best Italian restaurants.

If you're up for a culinary adventure, check our lists for best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

With ingredients imported from Italy and produce sourced from local farms, the pizza at Angelina&rsquos is borderline artwork. From the menu to the aesthetics of the restaurant, everything at this pizzeria was carefully curated to take you to Italy. Self-described as fine-casual, Angelina's is the place to be for some mouthwatering meals. 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200

Born in Naples, Italy, Chef Alessandro Pirozzi&rsquos upbringing and countless hours spent in the kitchen is evident in every bite of food. The restaurant is a Laguna Beach favorite, and it&rsquos pretty clear why. Offering outdoor dining and four delightful menus (lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks), the Italian eatery is a go-to for authenticity. 2929 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.675.2932

Who doesn&rsquot want to dine on lobster with Calabrian chili cream or a 8-oz. Angus filet while soaking in the views of Newport Bay? Warm, elegant and all-around enchanting Louie&rsquos by the Bay is equal parts restaurant and experience. Owner Ron Salisbury knows how to create a successful restaurant&mdashhaving done it twice before with the iconic Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and El Cholo&mdashso it&rsquos no wonder Louie&rsquos is exceptional as well. 2801 W Coast Hightway, Newport Beach, 949.720.1800

Open for outdoor dining on their atmospheric covered patio, Oliver&rsquos Osteria boasts authentic traditional Italian meals with modern upgrades. Owner and Executive Chef Erik De March, originally from Imola, Italy, adjusts the menu each season to embody the season&rsquos finest ingredients. If you&rsquore seeking a genuine Italian dinner (or brunch), reserve a table at Oliver&rsquos. 853 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0261

Bringing together traditional Italian recipes and the essence of Southern California, Cucina Enoteca&rsquos menu offers a selection of elevated choices. The refreshing lunch features accents like honey thyme vinaigrette and cannellini bean hummus, and the dinner options are equally as imaginative. Fashion Island, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416

Carpaccio di manzo, burrata prosciutto pizza and ravioli al pomodoro, oh my! With Il Barone&rsquos expansive selection of Italian dishes, everyone is bound to find something they&rsquoll love. All pastas at Il Barone are made in-house and by hand, and you can even purchase some of their standout ingredients, like the black truffle cream or arrabbiata sauce, to recreate your favorite meal at home. 900 Bristol St. N, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755

With a wine list that&rsquos won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, housemade pastas and authentic wood-fired pizza, Canaletto&rsquos offerings make it standout. Open for outdoor dining, contactless curbside pickup and delivery, the restaurant is the perfect choice for an evening out on the town or around the kitchen table. 545 Newport Beach Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900

Chef Sandro Nardone, Chef de Cuisine Frank DeLoach and the restaurant&rsquos general manager Roberto Marino have built an authentic Italian kitchen rooted in simplicity and goodness. Nardone, born in a small Italian town tucked between Rome and Naples, opened the restaurant in 2019 to share his expertise with Orange County. With the help of DeLoach and Marina, Bello has become a unique icon of Italian cooking in O.C. 1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.520.7191

With an inviting and open atmosphere, II Fornaio in Irvine engulfs guests in a Meditteranean experience. True to its namesake&mdash&ldquoil Fornaio&rdquo translating to &ldquothe baker&rdquo&mdash the location offers a menu chock-full of delicate and satisfying Italian dishes. Il Fornaio in Irvine is available for outdoor dining, as well as delivery and pickup. 18051 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, 949.261.1444

Providing guests with high-end dining since 1979, Antonello Ristorante is a must for those of us searching for a dinner that doubles as an immersive Italian experience. The menu is extensive and filled with delectable offerings like penne vodka with shrimp and sole filet with white wine sauce, but the wine selection is what has made the restaurant award-winning. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153

Since 1977, Rothschild&rsquos has been making guests feel like family and making pasta that will blow you away. The renowned restaurant has recently welcomed its newest owner and Executive Chef, Frank Fassero, to join the family business. At Rothschild&rsquos, start off the evening with something savory, like the toasted garlic bread or salmon cakes, then dine on some fettuccine or prime rib-eye, and round off the evening with some tiramisu. 2407 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.673.3750

With pasta made from scratch daily and an atmosphere of warmth and welcoming, North Italia is the ideal spot for a delightful Italian meal. We recommend making a reservation for the restaurant's weekend brunch to start your morning off right with some glazed Italian donut French toast or some Sicilian short rib ragu. However, whether you're dining on a Saturday morning or Thursday night, at North Italia you&rsquore bound to have a great time and some great food. 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060

Awarded Restaurant of the Year by the O.C Register Food Critic, Sapori lives up to its reputation of providing an outstanding culinary experience in a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The almost 32-year-old restaurant&rsquos dining room is now open to guests, and is the perfect spot for more than just date night: Sapori is also available to host private occasions and special events. 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220


The 13 Best Italian Restaurants in Orange County

Whether you are in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, enjoy our list of Orange County&rsquos best Italian restaurants.

If you're up for a culinary adventure, check our lists for best Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

With ingredients imported from Italy and produce sourced from local farms, the pizza at Angelina&rsquos is borderline artwork. From the menu to the aesthetics of the restaurant, everything at this pizzeria was carefully curated to take you to Italy. Self-described as fine-casual, Angelina's is the place to be for some mouthwatering meals. 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200

Born in Naples, Italy, Chef Alessandro Pirozzi&rsquos upbringing and countless hours spent in the kitchen is evident in every bite of food. The restaurant is a Laguna Beach favorite, and it&rsquos pretty clear why. Offering outdoor dining and four delightful menus (lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks), the Italian eatery is a go-to for authenticity. 2929 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.675.2932

Who doesn&rsquot want to dine on lobster with Calabrian chili cream or a 8-oz. Angus filet while soaking in the views of Newport Bay? Warm, elegant and all-around enchanting Louie&rsquos by the Bay is equal parts restaurant and experience. Owner Ron Salisbury knows how to create a successful restaurant&mdashhaving done it twice before with the iconic Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and El Cholo&mdashso it&rsquos no wonder Louie&rsquos is exceptional as well. 2801 W Coast Hightway, Newport Beach, 949.720.1800

Open for outdoor dining on their atmospheric covered patio, Oliver&rsquos Osteria boasts authentic traditional Italian meals with modern upgrades. Owner and Executive Chef Erik De March, originally from Imola, Italy, adjusts the menu each season to embody the season&rsquos finest ingredients. If you&rsquore seeking a genuine Italian dinner (or brunch), reserve a table at Oliver&rsquos. 853 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0261

Bringing together traditional Italian recipes and the essence of Southern California, Cucina Enoteca&rsquos menu offers a selection of elevated choices. The refreshing lunch features accents like honey thyme vinaigrette and cannellini bean hummus, and the dinner options are equally as imaginative. Fashion Island, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416

Carpaccio di manzo, burrata prosciutto pizza and ravioli al pomodoro, oh my! With Il Barone&rsquos expansive selection of Italian dishes, everyone is bound to find something they&rsquoll love. All pastas at Il Barone are made in-house and by hand, and you can even purchase some of their standout ingredients, like the black truffle cream or arrabbiata sauce, to recreate your favorite meal at home. 900 Bristol St. N, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755

With a wine list that&rsquos won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, housemade pastas and authentic wood-fired pizza, Canaletto&rsquos offerings make it standout. Open for outdoor dining, contactless curbside pickup and delivery, the restaurant is the perfect choice for an evening out on the town or around the kitchen table. 545 Newport Beach Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900

Chef Sandro Nardone, Chef de Cuisine Frank DeLoach and the restaurant&rsquos general manager Roberto Marino have built an authentic Italian kitchen rooted in simplicity and goodness. Nardone, born in a small Italian town tucked between Rome and Naples, opened the restaurant in 2019 to share his expertise with Orange County. With the help of DeLoach and Marina, Bello has become a unique icon of Italian cooking in O.C. 1200 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.520.7191

With an inviting and open atmosphere, II Fornaio in Irvine engulfs guests in a Meditteranean experience. True to its namesake&mdash&ldquoil Fornaio&rdquo translating to &ldquothe baker&rdquo&mdash the location offers a menu chock-full of delicate and satisfying Italian dishes. Il Fornaio in Irvine is available for outdoor dining, as well as delivery and pickup. 18051 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, 949.261.1444

Providing guests with high-end dining since 1979, Antonello Ristorante is a must for those of us searching for a dinner that doubles as an immersive Italian experience. The menu is extensive and filled with delectable offerings like penne vodka with shrimp and sole filet with white wine sauce, but the wine selection is what has made the restaurant award-winning. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153

Since 1977, Rothschild&rsquos has been making guests feel like family and making pasta that will blow you away. The renowned restaurant has recently welcomed its newest owner and Executive Chef, Frank Fassero, to join the family business. At Rothschild&rsquos, start off the evening with something savory, like the toasted garlic bread or salmon cakes, then dine on some fettuccine or prime rib-eye, and round off the evening with some tiramisu. 2407 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.673.3750

With pasta made from scratch daily and an atmosphere of warmth and welcoming, North Italia is the ideal spot for a delightful Italian meal. We recommend making a reservation for the restaurant's weekend brunch to start your morning off right with some glazed Italian donut French toast or some Sicilian short rib ragu. However, whether you're dining on a Saturday morning or Thursday night, at North Italia you&rsquore bound to have a great time and some great food. 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060

Awarded Restaurant of the Year by the O.C Register Food Critic, Sapori lives up to its reputation of providing an outstanding culinary experience in a romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The almost 32-year-old restaurant&rsquos dining room is now open to guests, and is the perfect spot for more than just date night: Sapori is also available to host private occasions and special events. 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220


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