Italian Restaurants in Laguna Beach

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Peppino's menu of family-style portions provides more savory pairings than grandma could shake a slotted spoon at. Ease a land lover into the seafood sampler, composed of halibut, shrimp, scallops, and salmon atop a bed of angel-hair pasta infused with a garlic-basil tomato sauce and a splash of white wine ($21.95), or teach the young ones the true meaning of antipasto with a piled-high salad of salami, capicola, ham, mortadella, provolone, red onions, black olives, tomatoes, pepperoncini, kitchen sinks, roasted peppers, and mixed greens ($9.95).

26952 La Paz Rd
Aliso Viejo,
CA
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*For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare and drinks at dinner. *For $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare and drinks at lunch.

25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr
Dana Point,
CA
US

Nearly every night of the week, Brio Tuscany Grille buzzes with live entertainment and special events. Of course, the food adds to the overall experience, too. Since 1993, the restaurant has treated its guests to award-winning Italian cuisine all week long, even until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Ocean breezes surround diners as they sit down to wood-fired pizzas and nearly a dozen different pasta and risotti options. Oftentimes, though, it's Brio Tuscany's signature crab and lobster bisque that steals the show. It features Maryland crab and local Pacific lobster simmered with fresh herbs, spices, and a splash of sherry wine. On weekdays, visitors can also pop in for a light lunch before returning to the office or their job making sure clouds stay in the sky.

24050 Camino Del Avion
Dana Point,
CA
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Mario's By The Sea serves a menu of Italian specialties including more than 20 pasta options and a long list of entrees starring chicken, veal, seafood, and veggies. A combination of chilled melon cloaked in imported Italian prosciutto ($10) and a hot, crispy calamaretti fritti ($13) combines cool and warm fronts to prepare stomachs for a pasta downpour. The veal tortellini champagne pasta ($14–$19) employs a bubbly infused cream sauce to help diners celebrate recent purchases of full-sized yachts constructed carefully in bottles.

32545 Golden Lantern St
Dana Point,
CA
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