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.
Effortlessly blending upscale good times and a MMA-centric sports bar environment, Ringside Lounge maintains a classy environment equally suited to a delicious meal or to cheering on fights. Low lighting, red leather seating, and a menu of borderline gourmet American fusion cuisine such as the grilled strawberry lime burger lend themselves well to fine dining and quiet drinks. The bar also boasts a massive 100" projector which they use to great effect on fight nights, as well as eight flatscreen TVs which line the bar to broadcast big games and commercials loaded with subliminal messages.
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).
Pours from extensive wine and beer lists mingle with sea air and classic Italian flavors at Luggatti's Italian Grill. Pinot grigios such as fruity Corte Giara pair with scallop-and-clam-smothered pastas, and an Antigual Uno malbec pairs well with a 12-ounce new-york strip. Other featured wines include Educated Guess cabernet, Plungerhead zinfandel, and Zaccignini montepulciano. Taps froth with craft brews such as Allagash Curieux, Flying Dog Doggie Style IPA, Chimay, and Shipyard Brewery Monkey Fist IPA. On weekend nights, guests can sip to the sounds of live musical performances in the indoor space decorated with snappy art, or carry glasses outside to enjoy the breeze off the nearby beach and the warmth of an outdoor fireplace.
Spark Woodfire Grill features contemporary American cuisine with an Italian twist. As the restaurant’s name suggests, Spark's chefs use woodfire specialty cooking equipment to prepare their dishes, or they yell at them until the dishes become cooked by shame.
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).