Salerno by Chef Pirozzi

4.5
662 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

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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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vipC4Ocean
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is pleasant and the food absolutely delicious. Quite a little gem in Laguna Beach. We will be back, with friends.

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vipAmbiancegal
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Some entrees are exceptional such as the Limoncello infused radiatori. Gluten free options are not well prepared, smothered in red sauce.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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hbfoodie
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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.

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vipLuvtheritz
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

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Falstaff
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food.

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JeromeW
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJohnC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Terrible service. Just ok good.

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OliviaD
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pasta and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 30th Anniversary
This restaurant is such a gem
Been coming here for 25 years
Never disappoints !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and staff highly recommended

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vipDinnerDiva
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RobertY
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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CShell
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipyvonneb
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While the service & food were great…definitely overpriced. A Moscow mule was $19!! (Reg sized)

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vipBGood
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was sub par unfortunately because it’s a sweet spot and service was good.

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vipTimC
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Reliable all around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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Chuck
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cat made us feel at home - service was friendly - and Salerno’s food is always terrific!

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vipKiwi77
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoy this restaurant-- great location, great food and service!!!

KW
vipKateW
Minneapolis
66 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fun menu and good service.

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Pickywicky
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always, the servers are great the food is great, never let us down. We often bring friends who are also very impressed.

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vipCaliLin
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

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.

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Rick
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipFoodFan
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food, Waiter Ben was very helpful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Quaint Italian bistro with a fantastic menu including
gluten free options. A must try!

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vipShelley
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meatballs in OC! Lovely wine selection and always great service.

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vipFatinS
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious Italian food we have had! Wow! Highly recommend. Even their wine list is amazing. I enjoyed my favorite wine,Cakebread Chardonnay.

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Lindak
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty meals, our server was fantastic, our reservation was ready when we arrived. Will definitely go back

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vipPhilC
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening, delicious food, great service!

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Regulators
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was a very very good Birthday Celebration

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything fresh and tasted excellent. Great service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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Pickywicky
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! So happy we chose this restaurant.

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vipJKenn
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at this great spot! We love it.

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vipBarbaraD
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Salmon and Barramundi! Cooked to perfection!

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Rich
Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food was very tasty. Served nice and hot as it should be. Ben was very helpful with menu and wine choices

MR
MicheleR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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.

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Salerno by Chef Pirozzi is rated 4.5 stars by 662 OpenTable diners.

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