Foretti's - (formerly Pirozzi's)

4.7
1225 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Award Winning Chef, Alessandro Pirozzi, opened his first restaurant in Orange County, California only six years ago. Through a mix of his charming personality and time-honored family recipes he created an authentic taste of Italy on Pacific Coast Highway. The Corona Del Mar location features some of Alessandro’s handcrafted favorites as well as an extensive wine list, prosciutto & mozzarella bar, 900° baked prime beef, handcrafted pasta and gelato made in-house daily. The culinary journey that began in southern Italy brought Alessandro to southern California where today he shares his family recipes to great acclaim. The Chef of the Year (Riviera Magazine) has Mare Culinary Lounge, Alessa Laguna Beach and Pirozzi Corona Del Mar, for dining, drinks and great memories.
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vipJJJBX
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

When will you have that wonderful home made gluten free pasta again?

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vipEllenD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! It was a wonderful experience!!

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vipAnon
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was not that good. Seafood was overcooked. Service was lacking and it wasn't that busy.

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vipWendyJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food: excellent!
Team: super friendly!

You can't go wrong here, love this place!

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vipGenghis
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Don’t bother. First time back since changed from Pirozzi’s to Foretti’s. Read about the changeover and how Thad Foret will improve service while keeping the menu the same before. Unfortunately both were worse & terrible.

The hostess sat the 4 of us right at the entrance to indoors seating. We asked to be moved to the table against the wall by the window. Were told someone had requested that table. So we asked for table at the other end of the wall. Were told she needed to check. We can see her directly in front of our table at the entrance where she stood and 5 minutes passed but no response to our request. Asked her again and she said she had to help other guests checking in before she could let us know. After she sat two tables of two did she finally let us know that it was ok to change to that corner table.

The server never introduced himself until we asked his name, which is James. The pieces of cubed bread he brought were hard as croutons. We politely and discreetly let him know by asking if the bread is supposed to be that hard. His response was that it’s supposed to be hard so that we can soften it up by soaking it in the pesto sauce that came with it. Did he really think we were all born just last night or fell off the turnip truck yesterday. He brought another dish of replacement bread, which were a little softer but was like over cooked toast. Nowhere near the tasty soft bread that was served when it was Pirozzi’s.

The black linguine was too salty, had 2 clams, 2 shrimps and 6 or more squid heads that were overly chewy. The Mamma Mia Meatballs had shrunken and was also too salty. The only saving grace was that our companions said the Linguine with Clams and Limoncello Taglierini was ok. The wine was ok but overpriced.

Good thing we didn’t get appetizers & skipped dessert by getting out of there as fast as possible. Don’t bother coming here. We were at Salerno in Laguna last Summer and it was so much better.

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vipScotth
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites

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vipJennifer
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time enjoying a family dinner on a Friday night. The restaurant has the closely packed indoors that gives you the excited buzz of being in a small trattoria in Rome or Little Italy in New York, but they also have created a tent space with tables much further apart for people worried about Covid. I have enjoyed both settings. Their menu is mostly classic Italian dishes, executed perfectly. The gnocchi was light and pillowy. The ravioli was cooked to the perfect texture. The sauces taste like they have been braised for more than a day with the complexity that comes from slow cooking. The service was excellent and felt personal. The price is very affordable for the quality of food you receive.

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vipAndrea
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wines. Superb service from the moment we arrived.

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DavidA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love it, definitely recommend it. The food was delicious.

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vipVeronika
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a great restaurant with cosy/romantic ambiance and amazing food. Their pasta is one of the best in town! One little disappointment with our last visit though was getting baked ziti with only one meatball split in half. It didn't ruin my experience of course, but it was a little funny to see pasta with just one meatball. At least put two there:) Would definitely recommend this place for any occasion.

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RyanN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is obviously the local favorite Italian joint. Crowded on a weekday night! The food was amazing (great flavor profiles) and the service was fantastic! Don’t miss out on this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish ordered by everyone in our party of 5 was amazing!

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vipWendyJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The owner and his Team are amazing! I love the fact that they show you their appreciation, even we know they are super busy they always make time for you to say hello! I love that type of commitment to your customers!
And the food is delicious, never had a bad dish over the last 4 years!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Sat at a high top which was situated too close to the 6-8 topper.
Waiter staid right next to us in order to take order and serve food .
The noise level was ridiculous .

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NamanJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the food and had a great time. We went for a special occasion - my son's birthday - and the restaurant never addressed the occasion or acknowledged my son's special day.

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vipLaureenF
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service. Great neighborhood gem

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DaveandLisa
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic night at Foretti’s ! Food was perfection, the gnocchi melted in your mouth and their chicken Formo was perfection. Can’t recommend it highly enough!

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vipJanC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great appetizers, wine, and entrees. Excellent specials. Our waitress was very accommodating helping us get out food on a timely manner to keep the toddler at the table happy. The butternut squash ravioli is always a favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

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QueenB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant ever! They food was incredible and the service was so fast!

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vipMichaelS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff, great menu and a good crowd. Never disappoints

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Goodfood4
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food cozy table nice and warm with perfect heaters our waiter was Rudy he was so friendly and the service was great had a great evening will be back soon

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there with visiting friends. Delicious food and service was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great martinis and calamari! The butternut squash is divine

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Karishma
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly delicious food with great ambiance. Our server was pleasant, polite, friendly and provided excellent service. We highly recommend Foretti’s. Absolutely wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing dinner. Service was great, and management is even greater. Love this place more and more with each visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love the food, crowd and of course the amazing the staff!! Love this place - my absolute favorite Italian place in OC!! 🥰👏🏻🙌🏼:))

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vipLULU80OC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food4service3ambience1

Tables too small and cramped

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vipJulie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our most favorite places! The food is delicious and the service is always impeccable. Love it!

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vipToledo54
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, wine, ambience and service are excellent. Pizza is unique and a authentic Neapolitan. Recommend it highly!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is a great place. Be sure to try a little of all the areas on the menu. Salad, soup, pasta which is house made is all super. Only negative was the maraschino cherry used in the old fashioned when we really prefer the luxardo however it didn’t stop us from enjoying the strong drink made with quality bourbon.

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vipDiane7
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Food was superb. Nice ambiance. A neighborhood find. On my list every time I come to Newport. Tastes homemade.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were celebrating a business victory. Was very happy that our host accommodated us indoors as we didn’t realize we would be eating in a tent outdoors.

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DianeT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the restaurant and believe me it will not be our last. the customer service was excellent the food was exquisite the service was impeccable. It was so nice seeing everybody in the restaurant enjoying themselves from couples to families. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

We love coming to eat here and recommend to all our friends, but felt service was lacking this time around. We came to celebrate our anniversary and our server was not attentive to our table. He didn’t really check to see how we were doing and when we ordered our food it came out very late. There was a large party at the restaurant at the time of our dinner, but we ordered our food before them and received our food after them. We also noticed that the server for the large table would check on their table multiple times throughout the night and provided quality customer service to the large party. However, I server would go missing for quite some time. It was just really disappointing as we came for a special occasion and it didn’t feel as such. Wouldnt recommend

Foretti's - (formerly Pirozzi's)
Responded on November 19, 2021

Saher, my apologies for Marco's poor service on Monday night. I discussed with him ways , to make your anniversary feel special. One, should have informed the kitchen to move your order up before the 12 top was served, and he should not have disappeared like he did. When you feel the time is right here is my cell 714 749 3566. Call me and let me handle the reservations along with the bill. I appreciate that you recommend us to your friends and would like to serve you again. Best, Thad Foret

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foodie6
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local spot for fantastic food, drinks, service, and ambiance!

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stpartyo5
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent

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Jen123
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service, family owned business and love it every time ! I always overeat.. that is my only problem 🤭

Foretti's - (formerly Pirozzi's)
Responded on November 19, 2021

Jen123, Thank you for the kind words and support!!! Best Thad Foret

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and food is exceptional

FAQs

Foretti's - (formerly Pirozzi's) offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 675-2932.

Foretti's - (formerly Pirozzi's) is rated 4.7 stars by 1225 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.