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Best Contemporary Italian Restaurants in Irvine

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A photo of Prego Restaurant restaurant
4.5
Awesome(1384)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Irvine
Booked 12 times today
Prego Restaurant, located in the heart of Orange County, is praised for its consistently good service and exquisite Italian cuisine. Highlights from the menu include the classic Margherita pizza, creamy lobster ravioli, savory sole piccata, and delightful chicken scallopine, all of which are highly recommended by visitors. For those who appreciate seafood, Prego doesn't disappoint, offering phenomenal dishes such as the Australian lamb chops and tiger shrimp pasta. The restaurant's beautiful and clean ambiance, coupled with its outstanding service, also contributes to its charm. Many reviewers call it their go-to place for Italian food and recommend Prego for an overall enjoyable dining experience.
A photo of Louie's by the Bay restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1345)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Newport Beach
Booked 42 times today
Louie's by the Bay is a stellar choice for contemporary Italian cuisine. The restaurant's location is unique, right by the bay, boasting a spectacular view and a charming atmosphere. Patrons revel in the authentically Italian dishes such as lasagna and lobster ravioli, which have been described as "superb". The cuisine is consistently praised, with many comparing it favorably to the quality found in Italy itself. The staff's excellent service, combined with a selection of Italian wines, makes Louie's a must-visit destination. From intimate dinner to business events, the enthusiastic reviews are replete with appreciation for the fantastic food and ambiance offered by Louie's.
A photo of Il Dolce restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(428)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Costa Mesa
Booked 3 times today
Il Dolce is an exceptional Italian restaurant located in Orange County, known for its authentic Italian cuisine. Customers have consistently given positive reviews, praising the food, service, and ambiance. The customers note that the food tastes "wonderful", "delicious" and "authentic". Many reviewers highly recommend dishes like Carbonara, Prosciutto e Burrata, pizza diavola, and calamari, all of which they describe as "fantastic". It's also been mentioned that the pasta is homemade and light, and the bread is the most delicious you'll ever taste. Il Dolce is characterized as a hidden gem by numerous reviews and has been termed "the best Italian restaurant in Orange County" multiple times. Its warm and welcoming staff, delicious food, and pleasant ambiance make it a perfect place for all occasions.
A photo of Mangia Bene Cucina restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(648)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Aliso Viejo / Laguna Niguel
Booked 13 times today
Mangia Bene Cucina is a lauded Italian restaurant praised for its consistent quality in both food and service. Patrons find it exceptional enough to return to even after moving an hour away, attesting to its appeal for over twenty years. With favorites like the Mangia Bene Rigatoni, pear and Gorgonzola salad, and the Penne Campagnola with gluten free penne, it has been hailed by some as the best Italian food outside Italy. Despite some minor service issues, the overall dining experience has been deemed 'outstanding' and 'awesome'. The experience at Mangia Bene Cucina is so unforgettable that the customers are eager for return visits.
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