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About Pizzeria Ortica

Regional Italian cuisine featuring traditional Neapolitan pizza from a wood-burning oven and a seasonally inspired menu of antipasti, house-made pastas and extensive wine list featuring wines of California and Italy.

For best availability, please book on the restaurant website or call us at 714-445-4900.

650 Anton Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm

Aperitivo Time: Monday-Friday 2:30-5:00pm

Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:00-9:00pm

Friday & Saturday 5:00-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Park Center Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 445-4900

Website:
http://www.ortica.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary 2-hour parking with validation in the parking structure directly behind the restaurant. Come enjoy dinner before the show and get free parking for both. Pizzeria Ortica is located directly in front of the OC Performing Arts Center on Anton Blvd.

Executive Chef:
Colleen Flynn

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Pizzeria Ortica offers the Garden Room for your private dining needs. Seating up to 30 guests, it offers a separate entrance and room for presentations. For large events, our entire restaurant seats 130 guests.

Pizzeria Ortica Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

3.8

ambience

3.9

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 23, 2018

This is like my eighth time eating here and we love the place. Lunch or dinner it does not matter. The food, drink and feel of the place is so amazing. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area.

Just a short walk from several hotels in the area.

We usually eat in the bar area, just feels good. The staff is amazing, they really take care of us and make amazing drinks for us.

Thank you so much.

The big plus is that they are an Open Table restaurant.

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, People Watching, Organic, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I highly recommend this place to anyone who loves to eat brick wood fire pizza. I think the key to having the best pizza is the dough. I've eaten different kinds of pizza from different Italian restaurant but this is the best pizza place that you could find. I also tried their meatballs appetizer and their clams both are really really good.. I also had the pasta with lamb it's very tasty and does not have that wild meat taste to it that's probably why I loved it. We came there for the first time and immediately fell in love with the restaurant so me and my husband came back the following week.. I say that we might come back again and do like a once a week type of place for us. We also like the fact that everyone that works there have the vibe of liking to work there not just for a job but actually enjoy being in that restaurant. We get the feeling of they are well taking care off as an employee of the restaurant. We love Miguel from the bar.. He's very attentive and very nice server..

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Meals were small and expensive. Left hungry

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our memory of Pizzeria Ortica was one of great service and food. It has been a few years since we have been there and wanted to give it another try. The restaurant staff was friendly and efficient. The restaurant itself was clean and pleasant. However, the food was not very good. We started with the brussel sprouts appetizer which was very dry, lacking flavor, and the bread crumbs were quite bland. We took a few bites and pushed them to the side. We ordered 2 pizzas (one was a margherita and the other had spicy meat) and they were not very good either. The cheese was not melted well making it seem like they were not cooked -- they were also a bit cold. We barely touched them as well. We got the check, paid, and left. At no time did anyone ask us how our meal was or bother to notice that we really didn't eat much. I assume that there was a chef, ownership, or management change and it shows. We stopped somewhere else on the way home and actually had dinner. Needless to say, we won't be back. Very disappointing.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Margherita pizza was delicious as was the meatball appetizer. Service was fabulous. Would totally recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Well I was in town on business and staying at the close by Marriott. This was the closest open table restaurant within walking distance. I ended up eating here three times.

I must say that the food, company and wait staff were all great. When I am in the area I will be back.

Thanks for the fun time

Tags: Tasting Menu, Organic, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We shared two pizzas and they were great! The brussel sprouts appetizer was fantastic. They were very accommodating to our request for quick in/out pre-theater dining.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We Made the mistake of ordering entrées rather than pizza. We were first into the restaurant when it opened for a pre-performance dinner at 5 PM. Our entrées were served at 6:05 PM. The restaurant did comp part of our bill but waiting for that long puts a damper on a dining experience. If you’re going to the theater, order pizza: many pizzas came out while we were waiting for our entrees.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our waitress was good and made sure our food ordered and served in time for us to make the show next door at the Segerstrom.
One bad thing is that they ran out of the meatballs that is one of the best things on the menu

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Restaurant was empty but hostess sat us at the kitchen enterence w/ the server station directly behind us. Diners who were seated after us got their food way ahead of us. Meatballs were tough - make way better at home pizza was tons of dough not that much flavor Pizziaria Mozza’s is way better. Won’t be back

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great waitress. But this place is way overpriced. Three of us split a pizza and each of us ordered a salad. We also split a bottle of wine. Total bill $120.00 Save your money.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We loved the look and feel of this restaurant, but the food was a bit overpriced. We had salads and pizzas, which looked and tasted great. Service was just ok and felt a little rushed. The reason for the minimal stars is due to the fact we all had stomach issues right after we ate. We won’t be going back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Not happy With the way the Cosmo Martini in a very small Martini glass I feel the prices are too expensive for the wines was not told how much each glass of wine was that I ordered

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Worst service I've had in 10 years. After we sat down and placed our drink order, we never saw our waiter again unless we flagged him down. And when he was walking around, he was so intent, we couldn't get his attention for 15 minutes at a time. We couldn't order our main course in a timely fashion. He didn't bring us the dessert menu. In fact, he said they didn't have one at first. The food was fine, but nothing special. Food came out quickly once ordered. Location is great. But for all the headaches, I would go to TGI Fridays across the street before coming back here again.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Reservation checkin area is cramped for space. Had to wait 15min for check in.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food portion was so small we thought it was an appetizer.
We questioned it and returned it. They refused to increase the portion size, which was only pasta.
The manager was rude and did not know how to take care of the customer. We dined there several times a year
But will never return.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Was quite surprised at the "kitchen appreciation" charge. I would rather pay legitimate prices and have the restaurant pay legitimate wages. All this charge did was set a rather sour taste. We will not return .Ordered Gin and Tonics and had to ask several times to get limes. Even had to ask again when a 2nd round was ordered. Had to ask for bread. Expected more attentive service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

If you’re in the mood for pizza, steer clear. Go to Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach or North Italia in Irvine. Better staff, better ambience, better pizza.

We have been to Pizzeria Ortica in the past and it’s been acceptable; however, the past two times we’ve been there it’s been incredibly slow. It took 1 hour for our food to come... our waitress was clearly embarrassed, because she didn’t know what was going on. When a senior member of staff came to speak to us she was rude and patronizing. She said that their pizza ovens only hold 6 at a time and if we want our food faster we should order in advance. The restaurant wasn’t even as busy as it has been in the past. It does not take 1 hour to cook three pizzas. They clearly forgot our order and didn’t want to admit to it. In any case, we will not be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our waitress was amazing- very personable and informative!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Overall the food and service was excellent. The ambiance was very good and felt authentic. I did not like the table choices. Since it was a small place the tables were small and lined up, so you felt like you could not have a conversation without the tables around you knowing your business.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, People Watching, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Casual, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Love this place before the theatre nearby!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Why it has taken me so long to write a review about Pizza Ortica I do not know, but after my last dinner there I made the time to write this one. We made a 6:45 reservation to be seated and have enough time for dinner before our show at the Segerstom Center at 8 PM. We were seated promptly at our reservation time and our server “D” I think is full name was Demetrio, greeted us and asked us if we were going to see a show. From that point on to the end of our meal the service was perfect. D was attentive without being obtrusive and was so polite. We shared starters of Butter Lettuce salad and a Margherita pizza with Buffalo Mozzarella, both excellent. My wife had the Ricotta Gnocchi for her main and I selected the Bucatini pasta. I got a taste of the Gnocchi, wonderfully done with light yet firm Gnocchi enriched with a wonderful blend of tomatoes, peppers and capers. My Bucatini (thicker spaghetti like pasta with a hole in the center) was amazing. The pasta done perfectly Al Dente and the braised spare rib ragu just splendid. The restaurant is narrow and long and at times may be a bit loud. A tip to those going to the theater, park in the garage and validate you parking ticket at Ortica, you will have free parking for the show.

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Always enjoy our dinners at Pizzeria Ortica. Love the salads, pastas and pizza. And great cocktails as well. Service is always great.

Tags: Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Delicious pizza cooked in a wood fired oven. Great ambiance. Had many business lunches here and they always do a great job!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great pre theater choice but equally great anytime.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Had to get up from our table and go to the bar to order our meal since no server ever came to take our order. Perhaps they were short-staffed since the bartender continued to wait on us.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Don't know since when this place became so bad, from food to service. What a disappointment!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 7, 2017

It was perfectly efficient for the lunch hour. And a great way to commemorate the first day of employment.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Very cute place near our hotel. Good food and good prices...

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 28, 2017

nice pizza real close to true italian. Nice appetizers and athmosfere.
Will be back for sure

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Excellent pizza and fish special
Pricy drinks
Prompt service
Good parking with charge point charger
Pre Ballet dinner for 4, to see Misty Copeland
Sat at 5, out by 6:15
3 courses with 3 drinks

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Except for mediocre gnocchi, everything was terrific. Our waiter (demetrios?) was great too. Comfortable, relatively inexpensive-- we'll be back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Disappointing service, pizza was soggy and bland. Waitress was not good.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The best pizza and pasta around. Great craft cocktails and first rate wine list. The service is impeccable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

My wife and I have eaten at Pizzeria Ortecia at least 10 times in the last two years and have always had a great experience. The food is fresh, delicious and expertly prepared and served. The hand crafted cocktails are outstanding. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Orange County.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The menu selection and quality have dipped significantly and the ambiance was next to nothing on a Saturday evening. It's to bad as this used to be one of our favorite restaurants to visit. Hopefully the new chef and GM will make some changes to get the restaurant back to the level it once was.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Food was fantastic!!!! Authentic Italian cuisine , Great wine sections and a unique dinner experience. I highly recommend this restaurant !

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Very good pizza in a lofty, very Italianate, gallery-style space. It reminds a little of places in Milan. Mozza (Newport Coast) has a bigger name and is a great place, very well-deserving of its accolades, but equally so is this place, which has a slightly more complete menu than Mozza. Hard by South Coast Plaza and the Segerstrom, it is also easier to get to. The service is great; I think our server was named Shelly (Sherry??), super nice/wine knowledgeable. The wine list is quite good with some vintages with age (a 2008 Barolo and a special grappa each got copious praise from my client). Very good pizza (fennel sausage), olive appetizer and Brussels sprouts w/hazelnuts. Nice octopus appetizer. We'll be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 27, 2017

They need to have more vegetarian options and portions except for pizza are very small and pricey.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 14, 2017

completely short handed and the service was not up to par.
spilled water on every glass that the person was pouring, and not enough effort to make the customer want to return back.
pizza crust was burnt badly..
was embarrassed to bring my parents for the dinner.....
Not a happy camper....

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