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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in North Orange County

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in North Orange County? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Filomena's Italian Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (83)
$30 and under
Italian
Costa Mesa
About the restaurant
Filomena's Italian Kitchen serves old-world cuisine in a cozy setting in Costa Mesa. The restaurant is a labor of love for owner and chef Linda Johnsen, who has translated her Italian heritage and family recipes into a flavorful comfort food menu. From her grandmother's Sunday sauce gracing the chicken, veal and eggplant parmesan to the classic sauce in the pappardelle bolognese, traditional ingredients stand out at Filomena's Italian Kitchen. Johnsen has put her own stamp on the menu with creations like champagne chicken and agro dolce calamari (shrimp and calamari tossed in a sweet tangy glaze with pine nuts, raisins and sweet peppers).In addition to traditional first-course options like caprese angel hair pasta, entree and seafood specialties, Filomena's also serves a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian pizzas and calzones. End your meal at Filomena's Italian Kitchen on a sweet note with tiramisu, cannoli or flourless chocolate cake.
Top review
ChrisCvip
Dined 1 day ago
This place is amazing, the food is beyond delicious and the service is great, the waiter that has been at that location for 20+ years is fantastic, informative, fun and really made the experience great. Can't say enough about how good the food is, best in the OC for sure
A photo of Brunos Italian Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2293)
$30 and under
Italian
Brea / La Habra
About the restaurant
Inspired by a simpler time when meals brought friends and families together….

The menu is comprised of Italian dishes like homemade pastas, fish and steak dishes. Standouts include the Pappardelle Bruno made with braised shorts ribs, wild mushrooms and homemade pappardelle; Branzino which is a Mediterranean sea bass served with roasted potatoes, fresh spinach, lemon and capers; and the Grilled Flatiron Steak served with creamy polenta and roasted cipollini onions.

Broad selection of Italian wines that share the same price point to make the selection process simple and encourage guests to be adventurous.

Brunos also features a menu of carefully crafted cocktails featuring Italian spirits, liqueurs and fresh seasonal ingredients.

Visit our website for more details on great offers like Italian Classics Tuesday, Wine Wednesday, Thursday Special, and Lasagna Sunday.

Brunos Italian Kitchen automatically adds a 20% gratuity fee for parties of 6 and over.

Top review
JimBvip
Dined 5 days ago
Enjoyed the Food and Great Service! Cannot wait to come back
A photo of Il Dolce restaurant
4.9
4.9 (429)
$31 to $50
Italian
Costa Mesa
About the restaurant
Known for using only natural, fresh ingredients, Il Dolce specializes in Italian cuisine. Along with a variety of pastas, salads, patrons can select from a number of pizza menu options. Inspired by authentic pies made in Naples, each pizza at Il Dolce is prepared in a wood-fire oven, giving it an authentic, smoky flavor.Family owned and operated, this award-winning restaurant provides a cozy, comfortable environment where pizza enthusiasts can watch their pies being prepared. Guests dining at Il Dolce can also enjoy a glass of wine, beer or a cocktail. Dessert items along with a special gluten-free menu are also available.
Top review
IreneEvip
Dined 5 days ago
We’ve never been disappointed with anything at Il Dolce. The food is always excellent and everyone that works there makes us feel like family ❤️❤️
A photo of Da Bianca Trattoria restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1782)
$30 and under
Italian
Orange
About the restaurant
For over 30 years, Da Bianca Trattoria has earned a reputation as a beloved local restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine. Founded by Bianca Cangelosi Bavand, Da Bianca was a dream come true for the Sicilian native. Her inspiration and the secret to the restaurant's continued success is serving simple food using only the freshest ingredients-- just like the food she served her family. Daughter Marjan Bavand Dunn continues the family legacy of welcoming our neighbors, as they celebrate milestones, meet friends and share family dinners.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The food was fantastic, the atmosphere..intimate.I always enjoy dining here
A photo of Antonello Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1660)
$50 and over
Italian
Santa Ana
About the restaurant
At Antonello Ristorante, we transport you to not just another place, but to another time. As you walk into Antonello's Main Dining Room, a typical scene from the streets of Bistango, Italy comes alive.
Top review
KurtH
Dined today
We ordered the prosciutto and burrata appetizer, which was excellent. The Pasta Fagioli soup was also outstanding. Entrees we had were the Lobster Raviolli and Lasagna which were equally good. We finished with cheesecake and coffee.
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A photo of Cucina Alessa Huntington Beach restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1044)
$30 and under
Italian
Huntington Beach
About the restaurant
Benvenuti da Cucina Alessa Huntington Beach, Ristorante Italiano. Feast your eyes upon our exquisite homemade creations and treat yourself to a truly authentic and delectable Italian entrees. From our famous "salsa verde" to our homemade lasagnas, fresh fish, and famous tiramisu, we will transport you to the heart of Italian hospitality and ensure you an experience only possible a Cucina Alessa!
Top review
AnthonyDvip
Dined on Jul 17, 2024
Everything was excellent! Thank you Geoffrey for having us and taking great care of us!!
A photo of Latte Da Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (175)
$30 and under
Italian
Anaheim Hills
About the restaurant
Homemade Pastas Imported Italian Delicatessens Fresh fish & meats daily Beautiful Ambiance
Top review
RobynS
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
My mom and I went to celebrate your birthday before going to a play. We split a salad, which was excellent, my mom had the fish of the day which she really liked and I had pasta we split dessert. Everything was really good and we a great server. We go to that Playhouse. We will eat here again.
A photo of Francoli Gourmet restaurant
4.7
4.7 (495)
$31 to $50
Italian
Orange
About the restaurant
WALK-INS ARE WELCOME FOR PARTIES UNDER 6 GUESTS

If you can't find availability for your desired time and date please call us 714-288-1077

AVAILABLE TAKE OUT FOOD + WINE
(Delivery available through third party services i.e. Doordash, Postmates, Grubhub).

Extensive Italian wine selection available for take out.
Francoligourmet.com for available menu.

Experience authentic Northern Italian Cuisine in the heart of sunny Southern California at Francoli Gourmet. This classic eatery features classic flavors, prepared with the freshest ingredients. Francoli Gourmet features an onsite specialty store, carrying wines from all 20 regions of Italy as well as liquors. Francoli Gourmet's menu is a gourmet tour of Northern Italy, rich in regional specialties and popular favorites.

We provide also a retail section with Italian Imports such as liqueurs, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, specialty pasta, plus so much more.

Top review
LoveEatingOutvip
Dined 7 days ago
Overpriced for what you got. Good service and quiet ambiance. Will probably not return. Polenta was bland, pesto with seafood tasty, but shrimp and scallops very tiny. Veal dish was tasty but not filling. Portions small for the price. Bread did taste fresh.
A photo of Mulberry Street Ristorante restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1618)
$30 and under
Italian
Fullerton
About the restaurant
Dine on traditional New York Style Italian cuisine at Mulberry Street Ristorante. Our comfortable and homey setting makes a wonderful place for enjoying a meal with the entire family. We have been serving guests for more than three decades and are open for lunch Monday-Saturday, and dinner seven nights a week. Whether you are coming in for lunch or dinner we have a little something for everyone. Some favorite lunch items include the Beef Dip, or Cobb Salad. For guests enjoying dinner, feast on Italian staples like Spaghetti with Meatballs, seafood dishes like Linguini and Clams, or try our hand-cut Steak Mulberry, cooked perfect to order every time. Happy hour offered in the bar Monday - Saturday from 4-6pm. Cheers!
Top review
Suburbanite
Dined 1 day ago
Good food, good portion sizes. Was a little loud even without the restaurant being full. Would go again.
A photo of Buca di Beppo - Brea restaurant
5.0
5 (766)
$30 and under
Italian
Brea / La Habra
About the restaurant
Our Italian Restaurant serves Authentic Family Style Italian Food. No one knows authentic Italian food better than everyone's favorite Italian restaurant in Brea, CA, Buca di Beppo. At the intersection of Highways 57 and 90, near the mall and movie theaters, your Brea Buca serves hundreds of delicious Italian specialties every day for lunch and dinner.
Top review
charlesf
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
First timers, so family style was new to us. Party of four not heavy eaters. We brought a lot of food home. When we return, 1 small pasta, 1 small entree would be sufficient. Food was top notch.
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