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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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal. Comfort food old school Italian style!

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excelente almuerzo con mis hijos

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T
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

It was just a bit expensive for the experience. We weren't served water or greeted by our server for about 20 minutes. I'm sure she was busy, but still. The good was good but a little overpriced.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I hadn’t been to Alessa in about 5 years. I have many good dining memories from living in laguna. I returned excited to share the experience with my husband who had never been. We enjoyed the wine and appetizers. When it came to my main dish I made a point to be very careful in ordering as I am allergic to shellfish and sensitive to gluten. I chose the gluten free penne with a simple red sauce. About halfway through my meal I discovered an unbreaded squid leg. I quickly notified a wait staff and they apologized and offered to remake the dish. I appreciated that they made it fresh but it took about 15 minutes and in that time period my throat and tongue started to swell in reaction to shellfish contamination in my dish. My husband had finished his meal and ran to the car to get Benadryl and my epipen. I wasn’t terribly hungry by the time it arrived as the swelling was bothering me. I asked to have my dish boxed up to take home, it was quite good minus the allergic reaction! We appreciated the wait staff and their responsiveness and gave more than a 20% tip as a representation of that. We were a little disappointed in the experience, but even more disappointed when we opened our leftovers to discover they had only packaged about a cup of the leftover meal, which was a mostly untouched huge plate of penne pasta. It made for an OK snack but I was pretty disappointed that after all that I never got to enjoy a full dish. I am hesitant to go back.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our food and experience at Alessa

NB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Meatballs ever!!!

o
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We always come back but service was a bit slow and not responsive. Otherwise we love to come.

T
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My gals birthday

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loud and crowded... but in a good way. Chef Pirozzi (I’m assuming) was active in the dining room. Greeting guests, helping waiters, creating good vibes despite the mayhem. Peaceful candlelight dinner this is not... and I would definitely go again. Oh yeah, great pasta.

LL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! I had healthy salmon pasta dish (that’s what is was called). And it was terrific!
The staff is very nice and accommodating. We were a few minutes late and when I called they said “no problem”. They sat us right away. The server was timely with everything. Didn’t make us wait to come ask if we wanted drinks. Had the appetizers right out and then the meals. Everyone’s dish was very good. Pasta tasted fresh.
The place is crowded and very loud. We were seated toward the back of the restaurant which seemed to be the loudest spot. I’d go back but I’d try to sit outside.

OT
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Had to chase server. Wasn’t told how much a small side of artichokes were. Should have been told. Nothing was done for bday. Appetizer arrived late and food served at same time.

MC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and European feeling. Loved it!

f
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Busy, good Italian but the service brought it down a level.

SS
Yosemite
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mediocre food, sky high prices. Worst tiramisu I’ve ever had

f
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always!

CH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was mediocre this time nothing like my previous visits. Service was lacking and bread served cold.

C
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I would recommend with the caution that the ambience is poor. The food is good but not great.

CC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Calamari was poor and not light, heavily breaded. August is peak tomato season however, the tomatoes were tasteless as a part of the capresse salad. Service was very good.

CB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

a little expensive for pasta, but a large selection

ES
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spaghetti ever 👌🏼

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a nice dinner. Served by Jayde, young woman from NY with the best NY accent, took good care of us and quipped with pleasant conversation. Excellent food and service overall.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Not family friendly unfortunately. I got the distinct feeling we were in the way. The menu doesn’t offer children options. The food was great but I honestly couldn’t wait to leave. Watched every table around us get offered bread for example, not us. The rest of the family basically left while I stayed to pay because the service avoided us.

LF
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was good, but our waiter was very unpleasant. He seemed to almost intentionally be difficult. It was a very disappointing experience. I would not recommend it at all due to the waiter’s attitude.

D
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Service wasn’t good. It took a long time for someone to come and greet us along with the people sitting right next to us.
We ordered drinks and took about 20 minutes to get them. Food was ok. Not the best Italian food but good.

t
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alles






Allessa’s restaurant was amazing! Food service, ambiance were tops. It was great to dine there with the front of the rsstaurant complely open to fresh air on a beautiful day.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Slow service. Told us a half hour after we ordered that our pasta was not available.

LL
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just okay. Very noisy and packed. Overpriced for pasta.

GL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Got in at 6 lucky because it started filling up soon after. No complaints about the food but wine was very pricey. Also they did not have the cheesescake
All deserts e dn ice cream was $12, which was pricey as well

KK
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We love the food here. Usually we chose bar seating. This past visit it seemed very short staffed. The bartender was also waiting tables. The service was subpar yet usually very good.

TC
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had three starving 11 year old girls post surf camp and we needed comfort food in a happy place. We ordered simple, Caesar salads, pasta marinara, carbonara (not on the menu, made to request) gnocchi vodka sauce, linguini con Pepe. Mom and Dad had martinis and Chianti, a few fried olives and octopus/salmon carpaccio. We literally fought over what was the best. One of of girls was so tired and hungry she literally did not smile until the pasta was put in front of her. The service was crisp yet friendly and comfortable with a smile. Alessa is the best. The only issue is that it gets loud inside, a tiny price to pay for a deservingly poplar restaurant.

r
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

We were made to wait 45 min after having a reservation. Food was served after 1 and a half hours of ordering. Pasta that was eventually served was not properly cooked.
The dish was still charged inspite of my returning it right away.
The server was very polite and apologetic for the poor experience. But we felt disappointed and dissatisfied after paying so much for substandard food

PN
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was not good. Kitchen was backed up and we had to wait a long time for our meals.

J
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We have enjoyed this restaurant in the past. This time it was before the Pageant of the Masters and it was very busy. We ordered the bruschetta, spicy spaghetti with meatballs, goat cheese salad, fried olives, and wine. All the food came at one time. The goat cheese salad tasted ok, but goat cheese was hard to find in a somewhat expensive salad. The bruschetta came with a pizza crust, and the tomato/garlic spread did not taste good so we didn’t finish it. The other items tasted ok, nothing special. Overall the items cost about twice what other restaurants would charge for similar items. I might give it one more try based on past experience, but not during the pageant season.

GK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We used to love to eat here but quality has changed.
Used to love warm sea food salad over

MJ
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious homemade pasta!!! Any pasta enthusiast will love it!

NT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location in downtown Laguna and one of our favorite restaurants. The food is amazing, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. The service is wonderful as well. It is always busy in the evenings, so I would definitely reserve a table in advance.

LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cool place for lunch or dinner right off of Main Beach.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Came here with friends to celebrate my birthday and everything was fine to start. Then the food came extremely slowly. Our waitress was not very nice and seemed rather snappy all evening. Then we were told to “pick out a birthday desert” so we did and ended up being charged for it because “In fine dining, we do not give away complimentary deserts for birthdays.”

I’ve had numerous dinners at Mastro’s and Andrea at Pelican Hill for birthdays and they without a doubt bring out a complimentary desert for special occasions, so if this is considered fine dining and a normal practice, I for sure will not be back along with everyone else and our families who recommended this place.

L
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very crowded which definitely impacted service. Food good, but felt rushed. I would recommend going after summer!!

b
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The kale salad was disappointing - leaves too large and course. The Gouda cheese starter was too small. The wine was good.

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