Salerno by Chef Pirozzi

4.6
542 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Salerno by Chef Pirozzi serves authentic italian cuisine, owned and operated by Certified Italian Chef Alessandro Pirozzi. It's menu consists of freshly homemade pastas such as Fettucini Alfredo, Black Ink Spaghetti & Clams, and Mamma's Meatballs, as well as authentic piattis Veal Parmigiana and Chilean Seabass.



Salerno by Chef Pirozzi serves a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages to complement each meal. This includes a wide selection of beers, wines, and now proudly offering a full bar! It is open during the dinner hour daily except Monday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was not good but food was better than average

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! Delicious food and excellent service.

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BethG
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as usual! This is a great restaurant with such outstanding service and yummy delicious food and desserts

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Chuck
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Pirozzi’s Salerno Ristorante is our favorite spot in Laguna Beach. We like Alessa too, but Salerno’s is our favorite. The food is always delicious and they have a nice reasonably priced selection of wine either by the glass or bottle. I love the 50/50 but the Lamb was amazing last Saturday. It’s all good and is as close as we can get to Italy at the moment. To top it off, our server, Larissa is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I was expecting a lot more flavor and authentic Italian food. The bread basket was too small of a portion for 5 people but, the olive oil for dipping was pretty good. We ordered calamari as an appetizer and there was a hair on a small piece so we just put it aside a gave it a try anyways. It had no flavor but, it was good quality calamari and a good portion amount. The food wasn’t too bad but basic for the price. The utensils and plates were worn out and didn’t look good on the table. The server and staff were pretty nice and attentive. Won’t be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super romantic and charming atmosphere! Incredible food, family style.

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vipSeriousfoodie
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and the chef was so personable. He made sure our evening was special.

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Sunny
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was good except the waitress that I was expecting to have a nicer friendlier attitude she was fast cutting me off when I asked her questions couple of times and have some attitude. We went there for my husbands birthday on April 9th. We live locally and that makes be hesitate to go back there again for a special event like that.

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vipDianeL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with a beautiful presentation. So pleased they now have outdoor seating to enjoy the weather and people watch.

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makS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Disappointed, I have had much better quality food and service at other comparable restaurants!

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eatout
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Perhaps it was the fact that Salerno's had been closed for quite a while due to covid, but when I last ate there pre-covid, the food was considerably better. The food at this visit was okay, but nothing that I would remember.
I'll certainly try it again in a month or so for 2nd chance after such a long closure.

Salerno by Chef Pirozzi
Responded on April 12, 2021

Hi, thank you for letting us know and for your understanding. We are sorry that the food you received was not up to par and we will do our best to ensure that you get a better experience next time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

I’ve been dining at Chef’s restaurant’s for many years, but this last time was very disappointing, service was poor, and food was ok, sat there 21/2 hours, hopefully they can get it together.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always solid here. Prefer the ambiance here to his other place Alessa. The Wild Boar gnocchi is a standout.

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vipfoodieSTL
St. Louis
49 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was just average for an allegedly upscale restaurant. We were looking forward to a great meal. We were disappointed.

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PaulB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been trying to get in there for years. Was even better than I expected!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, worth it!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food great, service good.
We’re seated outside, told no indoor tables yet two couples were seated inside after we sat down without any patrons leaving the restaurant.
That was felt to be a snub

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vipmigsterzs
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So glad to return, it was amazing! The spagetti verde was epic

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viplovesfood
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Food,service and atmosphere all excellent

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vipJosh
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with handmade pasta. Just as great as my favorite Italian places in NY and NJ. They even had recommendations for wines similar to what we like. Valpolicella for Amarone.

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vipSteveK
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice menu
Super waitress
Great execution in the kitchen

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vipROBERTC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was not up to the normal standards unfortunately.

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vipDanS
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Too fun. Ate outside, social distancing, great food and service

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viplovesfood
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining as always.

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DPFoodie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been eating at Salerno’s for years! Love that place. The interior was redone and a four seat bar area was created. Looks great. We had the linguine and clams which were amazing!! Light wine and lemon and big, fatty clams. Shared the house salad. Service was great! I adore the little toasts with the pesto sauce. If you haven’t been there, you need to try it.

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GeeR
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Everything here is a la carte, so plan on buying a salad separately from an entree.

Entrees were good enough but pretty pricey for what they are -- a lot of pasta and a little sauce. It isn't unique to this Italian restaurant, but $21 for a plate of pasta with butter and cheese and a little prosciutto on top is pretty expensive.

We didn't have any wine, so can't comment on the wine list except to say that it seems extensive. It took up the entire back of the menu.

Do support your local restaurants to keep them up and running, though.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day dinner night before

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Stevie
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Tasty food, great ambiance, just the service was a little slow (could be in part to reduced staff because of COVID-19).

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vipKENTF
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful dinner with family after a long week. You will not be disappointed with anything. The food, ambiance and especially the service. One of if not my favorite restaurants in Laguna Beach.

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panchitajones
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My family came for our first visit to celebrate two birthdays. We had an early reservation but the place was already packed. Our table was ready, and we were seated immediately. The venue wasn’t large, yet there were so many tables packed into the small space, it felt like a fire hazard. Staff was friendly and attentive, but service was slow, probably because there only seemed to be two servers. After we placed our order we were served warm bread and a delicious pesto olive oil. We shared a Baby Kale Salad, which was more than enough for three. Next came our entrees: Lobster Ravioli, Black Tagliatelle and Superfood Ravioli. Each was delicate and delicious. After our plates were cleared, we opened presents, feeling I rushed by staff. When we asked for the check, the server surprised us with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for each of the birthday guests at our table, which was delicious. Our overall experience was extremely positive, with our only complaint being the extremely loud noise level. We could barely hear each other as we friend to carry on a conversation during the meal. We resorted to a lot of shouting, which left us slightly hoarse by the end. I have no doubt I will return again to enjoy another delicious meal.

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vipDaveandLisa
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, and great appetizers made fo ra wonderful dinner out. Highly recommend Salerno's

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RickD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fast service and good tasting dinner

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wonderful service. One of our favorites ❤️

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NadiaP
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in US. Amazing food, drink, service... everything! It's completely worth every single dollar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best Italian food I have had since I moved to California 5 years ago!!!

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Pete
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I chose this restaurant based on Open Table rating. It exceeded our expectations. The food is authentic Italian (and this is coming from a full-blooded Italian-American). The meatball appetizer was phenomenal as was the fettuccini alfredo. The pasta is homemade. Finished up with an excellent dessert. Finally the service was exceptional. Highly recommend Salerno.

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JudiW
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. A nice cozy restaurant with great service and great food. I would highly recomment it.

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SpenserT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, on the more expensive side for dining out. On a holiday you may find yourself struggling to find an appropriate volume to speak at to hear your party as it is relatively small and packed tightly. Service is quick and friendly. I will be dining here again no doubt!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentine’s and everything was perfect.. the rose at the end was a nice touch 😊

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vipRuss
Orange County
70 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the Healthy Salmon & Pasta, which was outstanding. My wife ordered the Eggplant Parmigiana. She was disappointed that it was fried slices of coated eggplant. Stick with the Salmon & Pasta!

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Salerno by Chef Pirozzi is rated 4.6 stars by 542 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.