Also features an extensive wine list ranging from a California Cabernet to Italian Amarone and everything in between. For the craft beer drinkers, this spot is paradise. With a constantly rotating taplist, massive bottle list and reserve cellar, there is always something for everyone.
To complete the whole experience, the atmosphere and service is what stands out to guests. You can expect a warm welcome with friendly, attentive, and genuine table service at an unassuming, but upscale establishment.
Join us today for a great dining experience at Alza Osteria!
choice of penne, spaghetti, angel hair, fettuccini or linguine with bolognese or marinara sauce
crispy calamari, lemon with marinara
baked turnover with ricotta & mozzarella, garnished with garlic butter & romano cheese
Celebration for a birthday dinner
We had a reservation, arrived 5 minutes early, all was ready. As we reviewed the menu and wine selection our server asked if we had any questions and told our Yahoo perk of free spumoni was not available. We were told we could save it or they would give us a cannoli instead. We chose the cannoli. Our wine was brought quickly with the message our appetizer (named) was being prepared. Our main dish order was taken with the request of "heavy on the garlic" for my linguine and white wine sauce was confirmed. Food arrived in very timely manner, plating was beautiful. This was my first time at Alza and I have to say the food was amazing. I had the salad which was very good but asked about their minestrone. I was told it was their special recipe with addition of some rosemary and no pasta as they wanted us to really taste the spices and vegetables. I can't wait to try it. The cannoli was crispy and not too sweet. The servings were large and I am looking forward to my leftovers tonight. I will be a regular customer and can't wait to tell our friends in Laguna Woods about their new location in Rancho Santa Margarita where they are also open for breakfast.
Love this place. Wonderful food.
Very nice date night with my wife, we both enjoyed every single moment, the drinks and the food were top notch. The staff was very nice and very attentive, with a very warm smile.
The food was great and the service was friendly. My husband had the eggplant Parmesan and I had the seafood pasta. My pasta was filled with large shrimps, clams, scallops and lots of garlic in a white wine sauce - yum! I ate the leftovers the next day for breakfast and it was still delicious. My only complaint is that it is a small place and I had to wait for my table even with reservations.
The food was excellent as always and staff is always very pleasant but I don't understand why once you're seated it takes so long for anyone to come to the table. I always bring my own wine and if I could just get glasses my guests and I would be happy to wait for someone to come to the table while enjoying our wine. My only pet peeve with Alza and I tell everyone about it as it's one of my favorites
Great food and great service
Food is always great but the service is so so. Today we came early for our reservation time and they told us we would have to have to wait even though they had open tables. We waited for 20 minutes and they sat us at the open table we had been staring at for 20 minutes while we waited. Not good…
All I can say is wow! The moment we entered the smell of the food cooking grabbed our attention. The aromas in this restaurant are phenomenal. That set the bar for the entire experience. Excellent service! Calamari was great. Cocktails on point. We had lasagna, chicken capellini, chicken pesto, shrimp Alfredo and pizza all of which were to die for! First time here, will not be the last!!!
Have eaten there several times, food always very good, however lacks in service. Often very slow. They seem to be busy, and seem to have enough staff, so not sure what the problem is.
We've been to the Alza Osteria a number of times recently. The staff and kitchen were clearly overwhelmed on our last visit. Service was slow, and we had to request refills, etc. multiple times. Given everything, we understand. However, we wish the menu had a little more variety.
The food is outstanding, service was friendly, but the space is crammed and noisy.
Great appetizers but the vegetables with my chicken piccata were way to salty. I could not eat them.
Food and service was great
nice little neighborhood hangout that provides above average food at a fair price and gives excellent service
Really, really good. First time. You should go. Service was outstanding.
Our new "go to" Italian restaurant. Small, so be sure and make a reservation. Absolutely yummy!
Lauren and her staff always do a great job and last night was no different.
Delicious appetizers, salads, entrees and deserts as well.
We always look forward to coming back next time.
Excellent food and great service!
This is a local gem! We just happened upon this great place a week ago and have come back for more. Please go - you will not be sorry!
We came for a birthday. The food was amazing. We love their calamari!
We have never been disappointed in our visit to Alza Osteria. This year, the had some new appetizers which were outstanding. One of our favorite places.
We went for Mother’s Day lunch. The staff is very nice and the food was pretty good. Fresh bread was great. Entrees. Choices were great. Prices online were 25% cheaper then menu we got, not sure why maybe COVID menu prices in Room dining. I was disappointed that we were on time( 5 min early) for our reservation and we were told another reservation was going to be at our table in 1 hr 15 minutes later. We felt that was rushed and we had a baby also with us that would make that tough. We opted to sit outside to avoid being rushed and we were there longer then the 1h15m.
I plan on returning for apps and drinks. The flatbread was very tasty.
service was amazing, small family owned, or if not it has that feel. great food, we will be back soon
this is an outstanding owner/chef run restaurant. It is nice to be able to talk to her. The food and service are as good as any. Eat here
Food and drinks were super yummy!! I would recommend their calamari!
The staff was nice and the food was delicious. We tried the fettuccine Alfredo and the creamy arrabiata - both were very tasty. The bee's knees cocktail was great, too.
Great food, great service, reasonable prices, and a casual friendly atmosphere make for an awesome dining experience any night of the week. Lauren puts her heart and soul into every dish and her team does a great job conveying her passion through their friendly service.
Really slow service but great food.
Wow, what a nice surprise this neighborhood restaurant is! Friends recommended it to us, it was great! They have a good menu, and you can substitute EGGPLANT NOODLES for most of the noodle dishes, which is a GREAT way to have a big Italian dinner without all the calories! First time with veggie noodles for me, what a pleasant surprise! And the “Lettuce Soup” was a treat, too, also a first time, but when the waiter described it as having a tomato soup consistency, but it’s green because it’s lettuce, and with Taragon spice, I had to try it! Boy, was it good! And their Cesar salad dressing is really delicious, too! So, we will DEFINITELY being going back soon! Thank you!
This is a great little neighborhood gem. I love the Tuscan flatbread and the pizza. The service Is stellar with a great wine list. My husband loves the huge beer selection and finds new and interesting craft beers to try. They now serve cocktails so theres something for everyone! A great find that we will visit often.
I love this place. I would like to recommend this wonderful restaurant to everybody. Literally food is awesome and service is great.
Delicious Italian food done right! We enjoyed fresh baked bread and herb butter to start, with meatballs & crostini. We shared a small pepperoni pizza and linguini w/clams. Absolutely delicious and excellent service! Can’t wait to go back to this gem
Fantastic family business, always feel warm and welcoming!
I can see why this restaurant is always crowded. I highly suggest a reservation as many people waited an hour to get in. The value for your buck is amazing. I had the Lasagna which includes a salad for a bargain and the food was awesome. Don’t wait to eat here. Sooooo good
nice, little neighborhood italian restaurant. moderately priced, great service and great atmosphere
The food was great and the staff was helpful and accommodating.
Went for pizza and wings after finding this place on Valentine’s Day. Definitely worth the trip.
The food was absolutely delicious and was well priced for the amount we got. I had the fettuccine Alfredo and minestrone soup, both of which were fantastic. Our server Kyle was friendly and provided wonderful service.
Alza Osteria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 990-1044.
Alza Osteria is rated 4.7 stars by 331 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.