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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

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

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 10, 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 9, 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 21, 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 6, 2017

Love this place before the theatre nearby!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 17, 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 16, 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 15, 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 29, 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 16, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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

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·Dined on July 29, 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 29, 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 26, 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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 (Orange County)·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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 (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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Booked the restaurant for Mother's Day and everyone was very happy with the food and service. The one drawback was that I wanted to add 3 people to the reservation and was told they were at capacity and there was no way to add additional people. However, I am not sure if there were cancellations or what but the restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived and when we left. Thus they could have accommodated the additional family members easily.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

There was a glitch with the reservation, we made it for 4 people but the restaurant only had us down for 2 people. They told us they would seat us but we had to be out by a certain time because they needed the table back. We were there for a special Mother's Day brunch so this was very disappointing. That being said this was not the restaurants fault and they accommodated us to the best of their ability. The service was exceptional
And the food delicious as always. Just disappointed to be rushed because of a problem with open table.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We have been fans of Pizzeria Ortica for years. Unfortunately, the menu has changed recently and now we found ourselves hunting for something to order. The pizzas seemed to have stayed the same but the pastas and apps have changed. It's like the chef is trying to be so creative, everything just comes across as slightly weird. Gone is the fabulous bruschetta app and the lamb ragu pasta. The food was good but sometimes its better to just stick with some simpler dishes that are delicious. I don't like to hunt to find something that sounds good so we might not be back for awhile. The staff is always lovely and the ambiance is great, I just don't like the menu any longer.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 5, 2017

I have dined at Pizzeria Ortica dozens of times, and although the service has always been questionable, I chose the venue for its proximity to the Performing Arts Center.

Friday evening, May 5th was a disaster. My guest and I arrived very early and told the waiter and hostess what time it was necessary to leave. We ordered right away, and was shocked that after a half hour, and constant reassurance that our order was almost ready and others who had arrived considerably after us had been served, we still had nothing to eat. We finally asked for bread.

After another 15 minutes we finally said throw together a quick salad to go with the pizza, as it was time to leave. We were then told that the chicken dish took longer to prepare. Had we known this, we would never had made this selection. We should have been told this when we placed our order.

So, forty five minutes after we ordered, we were served...too late to really do anything but grab a few tastes and leave.

The service and attitude of management was less than professional. What a disappointment!!!

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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Exceptional service and I love the ice tea! Oh yea, the pizza is great as well!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Great authentic Italian Food...Wonderful start of the evening for the theater.

Tags: Late-night Find, Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Usually go to Pizza Ortica before a show. Service can be slow, so I like the fact that our Server asked if we were seeing a show/ how much time did we have? etc. LOVE the pizza with the fried egg (Milanese?). Best pizza on menu. Only "gripe" is, we would like to see a more reasonably priced "house" red and white wine on the menu. Most of the wines are too expensive, and some of the less expensive ones are a bit obscure!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 19, 2017

I wish they had more flexibility on menu items. Surprised didn't have flatbread on the menu or fretatas. They were excellent taste when available.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Nicest staff imaginable. Group of 6 of us came in right before closing on a Saturday night. They could not have been more accommodating. The Neapolitan-style pizza is wonderful, thin and crispy with very fresh tasting ingredients. And the cocktails are thoughtful and delish.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 15, 2017

We always love our meals here!! Staff was friendly & food was delicious as usual!

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 24, 2017

This is one of my favorite places. Food is great, drinks are creative and the service is awesome! The mussels are a must have!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Pizzeria Ortica is a local gem that is still outstanding. The pizzas here are the star of the show, with a wood fired crust thats both flaky and satisfying next to the nice array of fresh, quality ingredients. The wine list is well curated and offers a varied selection of both New and Old World styles. The salads, particularly the burrata are also notable and well worth a try. I look forward to my next visit!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Second time here and we went for brunch. The food was imaginative and delicious. The prices were reasonable and the service was good. We enjoyed ourselves and will go back.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 7, 2017

The food was below average... at best. They're known for their pizza, but the marina sauce was tasteless and OVER salted!!! The pasta dish my husband ordered looked like a child's portion and also lacked flavor. We went to the restaurant because of its location; the restaurant is a stone's throw from the theatre. Never again. Except for the location there is no reason to go back. I'm amazed that this restaurant had been able to survive 8 years (according to the waitress). So many pre-theatre restaurants in the area - my advice: skip this one!!

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