Alessa by Chef Pirozzi

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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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4.3based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
113 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
6 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
26 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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NancyP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

First time out to dinner since COVID-19. Unfortunately not everyone on the Promenade had masks on. Alessa took everyone’s temperature before seating them. Dinner was exceptional as usual and Moreno took great care in making our experience safe and sane!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent all around ! Susan

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KatherineW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The chef is excellent! The food is done with quality ingredients. Thanks.

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Jent
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Greatly disappointed. The salad dressing was just syrop and overly sweet. The mushroom pizza had way too much truffle oil. Don’t get me wrong, I like truffle but the oil just had a chemical taste to it. The burrata salad that is under carpaccio, did not over any carpaccio so it is like false advertisement.

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laureni
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor seating, great food and excellent service, always!

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vipKFredL
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for outdoor dining!
Burrata was excellente... drizzled in honey balsamic vinegar...
cauliflower was unbelievably good... salmon pasta special just refreshing.
Total enjoyment on a very sunny day!

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Nick
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good. Accommodated outdoor dining due to COVID-19. Little behind schedule from kitchen, so a little patience for your very good food to come.
I’d recommend it. Fair priced and good selection.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and our server was wonderful. I had the arugula margarita salad for my appetizer and it was so good. I had the three cheese gnocchi for my entree and I cleaned my plate! We will definitely go again!

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vipAnonymous
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was extremely considerate. He went out of his way to please us and was very professional.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

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LauraJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT Service despite challenging times. The ambiance was lovely and I appreciate their attention to social distancing. The pasta is to die for as was the pizza and salad. All so fresh. I'll be back!

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vipLoriLynn
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and staff were exceptional and kind! The food did not disappoint! Do not forget to order dessert the chocolate lava cake was delicious!

We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We dined outside and everything was above average but nothing was spectacular

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vipTonyU
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Alessa did not disappoint! The service and food were outstanding.

Compliments to the Hostess for going above and beyond. When we arrived we asked for a table on their patio (in front on wood patio) and she said it would be a bit of a wait. Moments later she offered us a bigger table and said she didn’t want us to have to wait for a long period of time for a two-top.

We ordered a charcuterie board with three meats and cheeses that our Waitress selected... she was perfect with her choices.

For dinner my wife ordered their Lasagna and it was the right combination of pasta, meat sauce and cheese. Very good!

I ordered the Fusilli Rossi that had crispy prosciutto in a light cream sauce. It was very good, just the right amount of sauce and did not over power the pasta.

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vipMissak
Miami
44 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor seating. Everything was great!

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MicheleN
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience5

I have always loved the food here but the service was terrible. I waited an extra 30 minutes for my table beyond my reservation. We sat there for 20 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us. I’m saddened that this is happening. I was so looking forward to enjoying my anniversary dinner. I hope things change as there were empty tables around us but I did not understand the poor service

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The quality of the food was not the same as pre-Covid and the outdoor chairs were very uncomfortable. Our server seemed to be very inexperienced.

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vipDon7
Los Angeles
107 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed sitting in the new Promenade area. Excellent menu items. We had the Zucca pasta and eggplant parmigiana!! Would have again.

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vipGreggL
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

I’m a regular customer. Chef Juan made sure r meatballs and main courses were perfect.

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Shirleyf
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We had the lasagna and lamb papparelle. Quite good, although the lamb really smothered the pasta.
I found we had to ask for basics eg: a straw for my cocktail (none available), no serving plates with the bread, cheese for pasta consisted of plastic to go containers. The waiter seemed put out with my requests. Diners were not separated with interspaced tables, and while the wait staff were masked and gloved, customers were not.
I left not intending to return to a restaurant that just wasn't classy.

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vipShannonV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining here and I can't help but get the Orecchiette every time. So fresh and good. People are lovely and great wine selection.

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vipThereseD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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AmyR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We went to this restaurant based off of the excellent reviews. However the service was painfully slow. We sat at our table for 10 mins before seeing a waiter then it took another 15 mins to get our drinks. The food was mediocre and not worth the wait nor the price.

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ChristineC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had a reservation for 8:30 pm. We were not seated until 9:20. I completely understand having to navigate through the Corona virus guidelines, but they should not have allowed us to make the reservation due to the lower number of tables.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most fantastic maybe ever!
I had Meatballs (most outrageous of all time) and a Pasta Papadella style ... fresh made not from a box. The Saice is the absolute best.
The new expanding dining area on Forest Ave Oromenade is perfect.
Device by Jesus ... excellent. Bar drinks and wine selection also excellent

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CW77
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were very happy with the ambiance as we got a table on the new dining "deck". The service was quite good. The gnocchi were nicely made. The 5 cheese sauce was ok. The bolognese was similarly good but not WOW.
I thought the price of wine was pretty high for the pour we got (looked like somewhere between 3 and 4 oz).
Nevertheless, the overall food, ambiance, and service brings the rating to 4/5.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really great place to go during the afternoon for a late lunch or early dinner. Super close to the beach so overall the location is great! Highly recommend for anybody looking for great authentic Italian along with a great location.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was not as used to be. The wine list is limited and they only have the more expensive ones and not match prices. Also, the service is limited and slow. Servers only come when they need the table. We did not have a good experience this time.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time on the newly built outdoor deck. The food was delicious and the ambience was safe and fun. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and we plan to return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Loved it all🙌🏻

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall1food5service2ambience1

Our appetizer came out right with our lunch. The server said “Oh here’s all your food.” No, I wanted my appetizer before my main dish not concurrent. We ended up not you hung the appetizer and went to waste. I still got charged for it. The greeter at the door was in a whole different mind set as she said my table was ready I followed her and she stopped at 3 different tables to attend to customers. I stood there in awareness. No, i don’t want to make a pit stop to 3 other tables. She should’ve taken me directly to my table then attended to others. The restaurant was not busy yet she seemed stressed out. Definitely love the food here but I don’t think it compares with the service I get at Salerno’s the sister restaurant around the street. I guess this location is more for the passer by and not the loyal customer.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing, we had to wait for our food a little longer than we were hoping to but we know that is common with just opening back up and not having all of you staff back. Other than that it was delicious and great. Thanks!

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RebeccaW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at this restaurant multiple times and it is a local favorite of ours. the food is consistently very good. The service here is also always top notch. We had not been in since restaurants have reopened and the addition of the outdoor promenade is so cool. We actually ended up eating inside and they have customers well spaced. I am looking forward to going back and sitting on the new deck.

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