Alessa by Chef Pirozzi

4.3
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$30 and under
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Italian
Bustling pizzeria just steps from the beach that serves thin-crust pies & pasta amid a rustic dining room.
NOTE: This is not affiliated with Cucina Alessa in Newport Beach or Huntington Beach.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

A birthday dinner for our daughter. Long story short, food so so, service thumbs down, ambiance great. Will we be back, no.

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MichaelG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Have been here four times - food has been above average to great each time. Service was disappointingly poor - to the point I will not return. Amazing that waiters can at times seem like we are inconveniencing them. Sat over 90 minutes - not once 1) received a refill on waters - two of the four in the party had no water for an hour, 2) asked how food was, 3) asked if we want dessert 4) clear dinner plates - were left in place well over 30 minutes. It was almost a game for us to see if we ultimately had to ask - just ended up asking for our check. Will not return - too many other options of good food that is married with five star customer service.

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vipDavidJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, atmosphere with outside dining, and as usual great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding, one of my favorite restaurants in Laguna Beach.

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b0rd3rline
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, despite the makeshift outdoor seating, still an amazing place to eat dinner!

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vipDanG
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food! The salmon & octopus appetizer was delicious!

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JillA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We went to Alessa based on previous reviews for great food. We ordered one pizza and two salads. Unfortunately, both were disappointing. The pizza did not appear "wood fired" or hand made at all. In fact, it looked more like a frozen pizza. Normally when you order a wood fired pizza, it comes to the table very hot, with a crispy crust, black marks from the fire. The pizza that came to our table was very bland, dough was half baked and had no signs of being in a hot oven at all.

The salads were equally disappointing. My Caesar salad was swimming in dressing, so much so that the lettuce was wilted and sitting flat on my plate. It either had way too much dressing or had been prepared at least 20 minutes before it actually made it to the table. Either way, it didn't taste very good. Overall, disappointing experience given the fact that the restaurant was highly recommended.

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vipddand
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the new outdoor patio in the street. Something good finally came from covid!!

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vipMicMoz
San Francisco
118 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They do a very good job. Shared a pizza and salad and both better than expected.

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vipVictorC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the best Insalata di mare ever. Delicate flavors of octopus, calamari and shrimp over a bed of greens. Chile oil added a nice flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

It was a great restaurant and had good food - chicken parm didn’t have much seasoning in it.(garlic) but overall the food was good. Just didn’t think was the best Italian food I’ve had not the worst either. Service was good but a little slow. Overall 4/5.

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KarenaB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was delicious, the service was slow (I’m sure impacted by Covid - all good). The man that delivered bread took a bread basket back from my seven year old daughter and gave it to another table, which was very strange. He told her “that’s not for you!”. Granted, he set it down on the rail next to us and she just picked it up. It didn’t seem “pandemic safe” and sort of rude.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We’ve been to Italy, and the marina was lackluster, ravioli- too much spinach, lasagna no taste.

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vipDebbie
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find! Last minute reservation while vacationing in Laguna with my family. We all enjoyed everything we ate. Staff was very accomadating and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and good wine. Dinner was yummy and the waiter suggested some good wines that we enjoyed. The pizza was thin and crunchy and delicious. We were seated in the patio and the social distancing was followed. I gave 4 stars bc once we were seated they took our temperatures which I thought was very strange, not strange bc they took the temperatures, but strange in that they did it once we were in the restaurant and were all seated. What if we didn’t know each other well and one of us had a fever? Would they have kicked that person out? That could be very awkward. Or what about a first date??? Other than that, it was all very good.

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Jenny
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The black ink linguine was very salty but the clams and shrimps were delicious.

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vipSuper
Orange County
55 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Disappointing. Octopus Carpaccio appetizer was good. Pizza was doughy. We were really looking forward to some good pasta. My Ink Linguini was simply the worst I have ever had. My wife's salmon pasta was really pasta with small bits of salmon. Our Italian son in law was noticeably quiet about his meal. Desserts went further down hill. My wife's birthday cake almost required a knife to cut through. My spumoni ice cream was flat and slightly freezer burned. And, our waiter who made several mistakes, made excuses and blamed others and not once took responsibility nor corrected his errors. Once will be more than enough for us.

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ellenv
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The service was sporadic, but understand with outdoor dining. The flavor of the food excellent but chicken a wee bit tough. Dessert very delicious.

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AlanS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Just not a good experience.....
- Service was terrible, had to get up and ask hostess for drink refills, had to ask the server three times for a glass of ice and my starter salad showed up several minutes after my main course had been served.
- We ordered the calamari and it showed up cold and soggy ... we ate part of it because we were so hungry, but it was the worst calamari we have ever had.
- Main courses were ok, not great, but ok.

All in all, it was not a good dining experience. We like the new outdoor seating....one o the best things Laguna Beach has done, closing Forest and adding the outdoor seating for these restaurants, but at the end of the day, the restaurant needs to put out good food and provide good service.

Hate writing a poor review, but is warranted.

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dennisc
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place in LB

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vipBrioSouthlake
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the salads to the pasta to the carpaccio...we love the entire menu at Alessa! We visit Laguna often and we always plan a visit to Alessa.

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JasonB
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, wine, ambiance and staff. Old school italian! Don’t miss it!!!

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vipMaryH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious handmade pastas! Great meatballs too! Always a favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the best Italian food! Outdoor patio dining was set up great with live music. Excellent service.

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KathyS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So enjoyed our dinner in the outdoors. The service was excellent, the food scrumptious and the guitar player a nice added touch.

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Donna
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal, service and ambience was suoerb@

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vipJilaR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I went to Pirozzi the previous week and the food and service was so great, I wanted to try Alessa as it is by the same chef I thought. The service was absolutely awful. I ordered the same pasta I had at Pirozzi and it was completely different.

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anon
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Eating at Alessa was fun because it was interesting to see the traffic-free zone in Laguna Beach. We hope they make it permanent. We had pizza which was good but we found the tomato sauce a little to acidic.

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vipLaurieW
Orange County
54 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!

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StevenR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and location.

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AmandL
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian Food in OC!!!! Having been to Florence and Cinque Terre (yea, I’m one of those that compares everything to Italy) this is in my top 3 Italian restaurants in CA.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Dirty and the pizza was not Italian and full of oil

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vippsrickie
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a favorite and social distancing was comfortable.

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AidB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, authentic, fresh. Alessa is a must-try if you are in the Laguna Beach area. The outdoor seating is also very safe and there was ample social distancing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a 15th birthday and everything was absolutely amazing! Definitely coming again 😁

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

We came in to celebrate a birthday. When they brought us to the table the seat cushion was drenched from the previous diner. The hostess removed it and told me she would be back with another and never returned. The server Jesus was barely around. We asked twice for more bread and he never brought it to us. He never even presented us with a dessert menu and as I mentioned before we were celebrating a birthday. I don’t know if you normally do things for birthdays and I wasn’t expecting anything for free but to be offered dessert would’ve been nice. The food was delicious and the street was gorgeous but the service made the evening disappointing.

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vipTracyL
Las Vegas
115 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Loved the outdoor area for eating on forest!! Food good service just ok.

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lulu
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The service was below one star. We had to find the server & request every little thing we wanted. Salt/pepper, celery& olives in Bloody Mary. Sauce , cheese, peppers for vey dry eggplant parm. No drsg on salads. Food dry & unflattering.
First & last time there. It was not inexpensive... we should have been payed for sitting there.

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viprick
New Mexico
27 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food great staff especially host

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MikeF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great as always!

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Alessa by Chef Pirozzi is rated 4.3 stars by 674 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.