Salerno by Chef Pirozzi

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$30 and under
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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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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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The wait staff was over matched by the crowd… We are being served by the bartender which was not efficient. Also, prices were pretty much the same as sister restaurant Alesso but the ambience was not as nice here.

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vipddsuncal
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Actually.. always a good experience!! Seems we end up here w 2 other couples.. so we are a large group of 6.. we sit tightly together.. but we still enjoy our dinners.. service is timely and helpful.. food hot and tasty!!
You guys don’t disappoint!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Actually a family get-together. Each of the four dishes we ordered were excellent. Everyone really enjoyed his/her meal. We will be back!

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KevinK
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Visited to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. Initial “greeting” (by outdoor receptionist girl) was not punctual (while she was speaking with someone else, not even acknowledging us) and honestly shockingly rude (as she basically pointed us to a table without even escorting us there.)

Took quite a while for waitress to arrive to greet us. Calamari appetizer was mediocre but our two mains (seafood linguine and lamb pasta) were very delicious. Given I had mentioned (when making our reservation - then directly to server given fact initial receptionist had no idea nor interest) it was our wedding anniversary the server kindly brought us a single scoop of delicious gelato.

All-in-all, not sure we’ll be rushing back as there are many outstanding dining options in Laguna Beach.

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SarahfromDorset
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great find ! Friendly local feel with individual authentic dishes, not over priced, great wine list

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jonti
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A tiny little gem. We have been here several times and just love the small personal feel. Service was excellent. The Chianti Riserva was so smooth. My husband always gets the lasagna because he loves it. I got a linguine dish with seafood in a tomato and wine sauce. It was good but I felt that the clams were way too small to be able to be tasty. There was some octopus which was delicious and I wish there was more of that. I probably won’t get this dish again though I will definitely come back and order other entrees

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LindaB
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic Italian cuisine and excellent service!... We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in Laguna. Best staff and waitress.

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vipKENTF
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our annual Christmas Panto play at Laguna Beach Playhouse.

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Ross
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little restaurant, we had a LOT of fun and all four different meals were awesome!

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LoriM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints always good food. The new superfood ravioli was delicious and as always the short rib pasta is so good. Cheese cake light and tasty and I don’t even like cheesecake. A go to favorite restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the intimate setting. The place looks great during Christmas, great job on the decorating! We brought two of our Italian friends and they absolutely loved the menu! The food was authentic to the way they remember growing up.

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Sue987654
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 4 of us and we all loved our meals! I’d never heard of Gouda stuffed fried olives so we shared them... soooo good!!!! We will be back!!!

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vipJKenn
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. One of our favs!

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viplilyh
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I love this restaurant and Alessa, the food is excellent. The service is very disappointing. There’s annoyance from servers if you ask for more pesto dip or bread. We asked for a small plate of parmigiana cheese and were told they can’t leave it on the table (?). So the host waited for us to sprinkle some and took the rest. Service starts with big ‘Hello’ then just spirals down from there. It would be nice if they had servers that were more attentive and welcoming. Food is amazing so I might consider take out moving forward.

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vipJxwinks
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our food was very good, but the menu was somewhat unusual so it seemed somewhat limited in choice. The restaurant is smallish so tables are close together, which generates more noise.

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Anonymous
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Unfortunately, we waited almost 45 minutes for our food to come out. Our waiter never even came to our table in that time to explain the back up in the kitchen or apologize - nothing. Very disappointed with the service and timeliness.

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MariusR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walking into Salerno by Chef Pirozzi felt like a disconnect from Southern California and a connect to Italy. The people inside are enjoying themselves a lot and the food is absolutely amazing. It was the perfect way to end the evening.

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vipjerry1728
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We have dined at the restaurant numerous times, but this time we brought friends with us and the experience was such that we cannot envision returning. Service was very slow and generally poor and the waiter simply rude. The manager when we ultimately complained was similarly rude and hostile. While the entrees were very good as usual that could not make up for the overall experience. We apologized to our friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service: It was slow and employees seemed unhappy. Could be their hot and cramped work area? Open Table reservation did not make it to their reservation list but they sat us anyway. Had this been a busy night we would have been in trouble.

Food: Salad was fresh, could have used more shaved parm and a little less dressing. Dressing was a little on bland side but we still enjoyed it. The Black Taglerini was excellent and loaded with fresh clams. Very hard to find squid ink pasta, initially why we stopped by. The portion size is big, a little too big for me. To each his own. The Spaghetti Verde was excellent as well. The fresh arugula pasta was brilliant. Wine selection is very good too. We will return to try other items.

Ambiance: The space is “cozy” so you bump into each other from time to time. There is a “homey” Italian feel.It’s also noisy, if you don’t hear well you might not be happy. For those of us with good hearing, remember the folks next to you can hear your conversation. 🙃

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Joan
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The restaurant was closed . We made our reservation , drove to the restaurant and it was closed . I called the restaurant and it’s voice mail had their hours and it says they were to be open !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I went with my husband for a date night. The server was really sweet but she admittedly said she was unfamiliar with the location considering she normally works at their other restaurant. So the two times we have been we have had to wait a fair amount to even talk to a waiter let alone get our order in. This is not ideal. And it’s a super tiny space rather loud and on top of each other (think NYC) If that’s not a deterrent then it’s definitely worth a try. The pasta special was the best - lobster ravioli! Otherwise the food is pretty good. Decent but not worth the price in my opinion.

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KimJ
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Laguna Beach! Newport Beach native, now living in Vegas.

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SusanD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food was bland and boring. Service was non attentive and dismissive. Went to Aleysa recently and poor service there as well. Very disappointing and will not return.

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MDREW
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This neighborhood gem has very good food. I had the caprese salad and delicious Eggplant Parmesan. The service was very good and I recommend Salerno.

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Salerno by Chef Pirozzi is rated 4.6 stars by 517 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.