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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JasonB
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 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
21 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
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
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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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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Suzi
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
40 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
Orange County
2 reviews
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
9 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
10 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
5 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
108 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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