Alessa by Chef Pirozzi

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381 reviews
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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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BF
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

We understand that it was busy, but we were there early on a Saturday evening at 5:00 pm and were ignored most of the visit. My filet mignon was ordered medium but one medallion was basically raw and I pointed it out to the waitress. Another waiter came back to me with my plate and said “you had a problem with the steak?” As if I had to defend myself. There was no compensation for the poor meal and 2 other meals were not up to par. Will not go back.

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CE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was delicious and had beautiful presentation, however the restaurant was beyond crammed and chaotic. They have tables so close together you can’t get out without asking another table to move for you. Also, we felt like our server was more concerned with flipping his tables rather than customer service (the table next to us said the same thing), which is why my husband and I normally sit at the bar. We will definitely do that next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lasagna was Amazing!!!!!

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JM
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pre-theater dinner. Partner's ravioli was cold on the inside though the sauce was hot. Disappointing. Garlic bread with pesto dipping sauce was a hit! Could eat that all day!!

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DH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy, one of my favorite places!

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SB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's all about the food. Wonderful place for lunch or dinner with perfect service. It is just one of those magical places where everything seems to happen as it should without much fuss.

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JS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Terrible. I ordered the venison salami. They threw 6 tiny slices of venison on top of dry, unseasoned arugula and slammed the plate on the table before me.

The place is a joke.

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PC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Chicken Marsala sauce had no flavor and was a coagulated mess. Recommend going to Modo Mio in Newport coast if you want American Italian food

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MS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and we've tried many different dishes. It's always super busy but the staff are always so friendly and there's always a great vibe...perfect setting for date night or a large family dinner. We visit every time we're in town!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

We usually love this restaurant. However, we were served poor quality and cold food. We felt that meals were priced higher than their value. We were charged excessive amounts for adding extras to the meal choices as well.

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PS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good however server seemed rushed and food came out at different times. Also we were there for a birthday and the birthday dessert was brought out before we had even finished eating our main course. Still - we enjoy the restaurant and will be back.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family visited Alessa while on vacation in Southern California. The atmosphere was great, service fantastic and food delicious!

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RR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Timing of service was off a bit. Good food and great area

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The service was terrible. I had a reservation and we were seated promptly ... and then forgotten. Took almost 20 minutes to get water and put in a drink order. My food arrived before my glass of wine. After the meal, my waitress disappeared again and I had to finally ask another waitress to close me out. The food was decent but there are many places with decent food that provide much better service. A disappointing night out

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JH
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fantastic. We have never had a bad meal - ever!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my friend’s birthday at Alessa’s restaurant. The whole experience was great. The food and drinks were delicious.

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A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible response to a small dispute over the bill ($4) as we were being charged a "surcharge " for a "home-made pasta" substitute that my husband agreed to pay when he selected it, but then had to send back to the kitchen as it was so gluey that he literally could not eat it. They offered an alternative and he was satisfied with that but they still charged him the "home-made" surcharge. When he complained, our waitress brought someone who didn't seem to be a manager but a male member of the staff who was very rude and basically said, "you ate it you pay for it" ...creating a scene on a busy Friday night that ironically kept us seated at a table that they needed much longer than we would have liked to stay. We were there with friends who we were treating and it was very awkward...we will not be returning.

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KW
New England
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bronzino was excellent and the pasta was succulent.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting up with family friends, food was great

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CD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alesandro delivers perfection!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food came out about five minutes after ordering and bolognaise in tomato sauce with barely any meat.

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C
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We love coming here and eat here often but we didn't have the best experience on this particular evening 3/16/19. Our food was simply OKAY. I ordered the spaghetti verde but the pasta wasn't cooked enough. I've gotten this dish many times and love it but not on this day. My husband ordered the risotto with shrimp and also said it was just okay. Plus, I ordered a glass of sauvignon blanc NZ and received chardonnay. After my first sip, I mentioned this to the waiter. Instead of correcting the error he told me it was the correct wine and that I was wrong! I KNOW the difference between chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. When I asked if I could see the bottle, he said the wine bottle had been thrown out. When I asked for the brand name, he mumbled something I couldn't understand so I let it go. At the very least, I should have been comp'd the glass of wine but was not. This is normally a great place to eat with fantastic food and service.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great by the glass wine selection, able to accommodate my gluten and dairy allergy. Everything was great. Very attentive waiter. We did feel rushed.

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MS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location, delicious food and excellent service. Nice selection of Italian food. Not inexpensive but not unreasonable. After all, Laguna restaurants generally are expensive. It’s a high rent district. Only complaint is that the background music is too loud

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TL
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good . A bit loud - tables are toooo close

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H
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food every time.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was outstanding at dinner. Went back for lunch the next day and same great food and service.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Chef Pirozzi does not disappoint! Fabulous food and drink for all. Alessa is our favorite restaurant in Laguna! Of course we will be back again!

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San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Yummy dessert (warm chocolate soufflé) which I rarely get but definitely worth the treat. Service was more than acceptable. It is somewhat noisy but no different from the other Laguna Beach Village restaurants.

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UC
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic food and service!! Love this place!

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c
Kansas City
40 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was fabulous! The service less than desirable but there was a huge party there and the noise level
Was unbearable! I would try it again because the food was sooo good

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EF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was very poor. They didn't seem that busy but our server took so long getting back to us I wondered what we'd done to insult her.

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j
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food lacked depth and character. Very bland and just really had no taste. Sorry to give a thumbs down. Service,however, was great.

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RL
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good. Food was good as well as the service. Was a little taken back by the price for 2 pasta dishes 1 desert and a split of champagne and Arnold Palmer. $100 included tip. Very basic pastas. But it was good. and again our server was very good.
Thanks
Rick

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MN
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alessa continues to be my favorite restaurant in Laguna. The service and food are outstanding.

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SC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alessa is truly one of the best restaurants in Laguna. Whenever I have company, I always treat my guests to a dinner at Alessa❤️. Yummy!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant in every way.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have been here so many times. Not as good

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TD
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food my wife and I have ever eaten. Bread and dipping oil was delicious and truffle oil pasta appetizers were incredible. We fought over who got the last one.
Really fantastic meal!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Amazing!!!!

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