Salerno by Chef Pirozzi
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.
Lightly-breaded eggplant, mozzarella, pomodoro sauce. Served with Caesar salad
Shaved parmigiano, homemade croutons, anchovy-lemon dressing. Organic romaine or iceberg lettuce, subject to our Chef's quality judgement. Add Alici 4X (Italian White Imported Anchovy)
Crispy-fried Calamari, arrabbiata sauce
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The atmosphere is pleasant and the food absolutely delicious. Quite a little gem in Laguna Beach. We will be back, with friends.
Some entrees are exceptional such as the Limoncello infused radiatori. Gluten free options are not well prepared, smothered in red sauce.
Loved the food. The Limoncello was excellent and everything was cooked to perfection. Service was great and on point. We sat outside so it was a little loud by the street but not distracting. Would recommend this to anyone who is looking for Italian Cuisine in Laguna Beach, this would be the place.
We came for the amazing food and it did not disappoint. All of Alexandro Pirrozi”s restaurants serve excellent food. We have been a fan of his for years. As for the rest: Service was rushed at first then too slow. Our appetizer never came (we think the adjacent table got it by mistake). The waiter reordered it complementary, so it arrived with our dinner plates. As for ambiance, we sat outside (sidewalk) and there was not much. Plus you are at the mercy of cars going by and unruly children allowed to scream and play on the sidewalk while their parents eat, drink, and ignore them. But that is not the restaurant’s fault. I would sit inside next time. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and plan to return myself.
We have been coming to Salerno’s for 15 years or so, through the previous owners and decors. Had not been back since Chef Pirozzi took over and, after reading some recent reviews, were hesitant but hopeful about the experience. We were the first ones in on a Sunday afternoon. Seated immediately and Ben approached quickly. We ordered on off-menu appetizer that had appeared on a previous menu (no questions asked) and were presented with some fantastic bread and pesto dip. We split a Caesar salad and then ordered our main course. Chicken Parmigiana, Shrimp Ravioli and Cappelini Al Pomodoro were all outstanding. Great wine list, too.
Terrible service. Just ok good.
Amazing pasta and service.
Our 30th Anniversary
This restaurant is such a gem
Been coming here for 25 years
Never disappoints !
Love the food and staff highly recommended
We tried the homemade meatballs with marinara sauce. The plate of 3 meatballs was definitely enough to share! Great wine list.
We’ll definitely come again. Gluten-free pasta is available
This was our first time to Salerno and the food, ambiance and service were fabulous. I had the butternut squash ravioli (it's listed as an appetizer but they can make it as an entree). A large salad is enough for two people to share as an appetizer. My husband had the risotto, which was amazing as well.
Best priced Italian in Laguna! It was quiet, linen table clothes, dim lights, attentive staff. I gave 4 stars due to portion size of ravioli being small and we were seated 3 feet from another table when the restaurant was pretty empty. Hard to have private conversation with others super close.
While the service & food were great…definitely overpriced. A Moscow mule was $19!! (Reg sized)
Food was sub par unfortunately because it’s a sweet spot and service was good.
Reliable all around.
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Cat made us feel at home - service was friendly - and Salerno’s food is always terrific!
I really enjoy this restaurant-- great location, great food and service!!!
Delicious food, fun menu and good service.
Fantastic as always, the servers are great the food is great, never let us down. We often bring friends who are also very impressed.
This was a disappointing dining experience. Salad was uninspired and seemed to just be balsamic vinegar rather than a dressing over salad greens and a couple of grape tomatoes so it was just ok. My main course which was pasta with clams was very good. However, my husbands pasta was drowning in sauce and he left over a significant portion.
The service was pretty much non-existent. The server ignored us both before taking the order which was a long wait, and never came near to offer bread though other tables got some. And not at all to tell us it would be a while until the kitchen could get our meal to us. And the worst was sitting and waiting for her to bring a check. Instead she stood over at the bar polishing wine glasses and hanging them up.
The bus staff was good and pleasant but couldn’t make up for the almost rude non-service of our waitress.
The place is exceptionally noisy when crowded as it was when we were there.
All in all this was a restaurant I Don’t recommend.
Food is very good, portions are a little small, they have and extensive wine list, but it is very pricey across the board. Bottom line, don't think you're getting out of there for under $100 for a modest dinner for two.
Excellent food on our visit to Laguna Beach for the Arts Festival! Was glad we were able to sit outside as the restaurant was packed.
Very good food, Waiter Ben was very helpful.
Quaint Italian bistro with a fantastic menu including
gluten free options. A must try!
Best meatballs in OC! Lovely wine selection and always great service.
Most delicious Italian food we have had! Wow! Highly recommend. Even their wine list is amazing. I enjoyed my favorite wine,Cakebread Chardonnay.
Tasty meals, our server was fantastic, our reservation was ready when we arrived. Will definitely go back
Wonderful evening, delicious food, great service!
This was a very very good Birthday Celebration
Everything fresh and tasted excellent. Great service
We had the seafood special and fillet. The ambience was great the only reason we gave it a four was because the Risotto had no flavor and was sticky. Also we needed to ask for a little basket of bread versus being asked if we would like it.
The portions were good size and overall a good experience.
Fantastic meal, great menu something for everyone, including a few gluten free pasta choices! We had gone there a few times before the pandemic but not since. It was a great experience and we will definitely return.
Fantastic! So happy we chose this restaurant.
Always a pleasure to eat at this great spot! We love it.
Excellent! Salmon and Barramundi! Cooked to perfection!
Excellent service and food was very tasty. Served nice and hot as it should be. Ben was very helpful with menu and wine choices
The service was not good. Our waitress failed to come back to us during the entire time, we would have had a second glass of wine, we would have had dessert, etc. We were so frustrated that we just ate and wanted to leave. Even getting our bill took 15 minutes. She was busy helping Postmates, which made us even madder. Staff should be catering to those people who are in the restaurant, not take out, especially on a Saturday night.
Salerno by Chef Pirozzi is rated 4.5 stars by 662 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.