Baci Restaurant boasts a diverse, international wine list and a menu teeming with authentic Italian entrees. Savor the creamy finish of risotto alla genovese, where sausage, asparagus, and homemade pesto frolic with italian arborio rice ($19.95). Fresh pasta disobeys lifeguarding advice by stuffing itself with cheese, ham, and mushrooms before swimming in a light cream sauce in the tortellini alla emiliana ($15.95), and the linguine zio alfredo provides lost lobster chunks with a new home composed of spicy tomato sauce, wine, and linguine ($22.95). Gather supertasting superpowers and host a deliciousness summit over the vitello al toscana, veal scaloppini accompanied by parma ham, peas, mushrooms, and a pink brandy-singed sauce ($18.95).
When the chefs at Italian Cravings Irvine created their menu of Italian favorites, they decided not to be too fastidious with their recipes. So in addition to their traditional Italian recipes, they also created fusion dishes using the flavors and ingredients of other cuisines. Plates of tender veal in a marsala wine sauce sit next to the chicken tequila?a bed of fettuccine topped with chicken, bell peppers, and cilantro, all drizzled in a tequila lime sauce. Alongside the Italian entrees, chef also toss pizzas with traditional and unusual ingredients, from pepperoni to barbecue chicken. They pair all of this with tall glasses of beer or wine, which help ensure that meals are long, jovial affairs?like marathons emceed by a standup comic.
Numero Uno's menu stomps out stomach-dwelling grumbles with a mélange of pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches. Specialty pizzas such as the Slaughterhouse 5, packed with mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers ($5.95–$16.95), showcase enough sliceable sustenance to feed a group of friends or one knowledge-starved librarian. Patrons can customize their own pies ($4.25+) by loading a Chicago-style pan crust or New York-style thin crust with a choice of more than 20 toppings including fresh basil, roasted red peppers, and Canadian-style bacon. Numero Uno also shakes palates from their stupor with classic Italian fare such as a lasagna made using a recipe from 1973 ($9.95) and a house-made meatball sub ($6.95) made by cooks that have met 38-year-olds.
Luigi's Restaurant fork-twirls an enticing menu of gourmet Italian cuisine, placating gondola-shaking belly rumbles with deliciously heaping portions. Appraise appetizing architecture with a towering stack of lasagna ($13.95) and a tightly furled spread of sweet or savory crêpes ($7.95–$13.95). Mouths can be converted into culinary aquariums with zesty seafood-stuffed dishes like lobster ravioli ($16.95) and calamari luciana, angel-hair pasta tossed with calamari, olives, and capers ($13.95). Alternately, moo in a Sicilian dialect for the veal medallions of vitello piccata, sautéed in a lemon-butter sauce, served with vegetables or pasta ($19.95).