Italian Restaurants in Rancho Santa Margarita

47% Off Italian Cuisine at Romeo Cucina

Laguna Beach

$30 $16

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Pastas made by hand daily, pizzas baked in a wood-burning brick oven, and other Italian dishes including grilled scampi prawns and risotto

51% Off Italian Dinner for 2 or 4 at Italian Cravings Irvine

Irvine Business Complex

$54.85 $27

Inventive pizzas, glasses of beer, and pasta dishes with signature marinara sauce characterize menu of familiar Italian staples

Up to 50% Off at Zona's Italian American Cuisine

San Clemente

$50 $25.99

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Chef fuses Italian and California flavors, crafting pizzas and housemade pastas as adjoining bar with TVs hosts live music on weekends

47% Off Pizzeria Food at Stuft Pizza of San Clemente

San Clemente

$30 $16

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Homemade sauce and dough define Stuft Pizza's pies, which the chefs have been serving up since 1976

Up to 52% Off Pizza at Lamppost Pizza 

Orange

$35 $17

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A pair of friends shares eight slices of regular- or wheat-crust pizza, washing it down with beer from Backstreet Brewery

45% Off at Finbars Italian Kitchen

Costa Mesa

$40 $22

New York and West Coast twists update Italian dishes, such as thin-crust semolina pizzas and pesto chicken with cilantro

$8 for Italian Cuisine at Sweet Basil Cafe

Newport Beach

$14 $8

Lobster ravioli, pesto chicken pizza, meat lasagna, and other Italian favorites

Up to 52% Off at South Coast Pizza Parlors

Costa Mesa

$25 $12

Fresh-made dough and sauce form the basis for topping-strewn pies

Up to 53% Off at The Pizza Press

Anaheim

$44 $23

Newspaper-themed The Pizza Press serves made-to-order personal pizzas and local craft beers

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31931 Dove Canyon Dr
Trabuco Canyon,
CA
US

Neighborhood Sports Themed Pizza Parlor. Great for Sports Teams and Family Gatherings.

22431 Antonio Pkwy
Rancho Santa Margarita,
CA
US

Restaurateur Salvatore S. D'Abbusco was born in Naples, but traveled to the United States at the age of 24 to marry a woman from Philadelphia, with whom he'd fallen in love on a cruise. He wanted to bring the tastes of Italy to his new home and founded Salvatore Cucina Italiana more than 20 years ago.

His chefs toss pasta dishes made from traditional Italian recipes with italian cheeses, shellfish, chicken, and lamb. They handcraft tiramisu and blend, cut, and fold their own dough for manicotti. Sommeliers complement the extensive menu with an array of white and red wines from Tuscany, Sicily, and California, for a greater blend of international flavors than UN potluck parties. Each meal begins as servers lay complimentary bruschetta, in lieu of traditional bread, onto white-clothed tables arranged under ornate gilded lamps and pasta-covered walls.

27001 La Paz Rd
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

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).

27782 Vista Del Lago
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

Craig Gandolph entered the deli business in Long Island, making the sandwiches he’d always eaten growing up in New York. When love brought him to Salt Lake City, he missed the flavor of his hometown. So he opened the first Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen and named his sandwiches after the Big Apple locales that he missed. Today, his little sandwich shop has grown to encompass dozens of franchises across the United States, slinging sandwiches from both brick-and-mortar joints and gridlocked food trucks.

The Mission Viejo location, one of four in California, is owned and operated by sisters Yami and Elizabeth Marin, according to a 2009 article in the Orange County Register. Yami's husband grew up in Queens and helped her discover deli food during many East Coast trips to visit his family. Inside the restaurant she shares with her sister, red accent walls, exposed ductwork, hardwood floors, and photographs of New York landmarks work together to transport diners to a New York deli.

23981 Alicia Pkwy
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

The enticing aromas of baked breads waft out from the open kitchen, spilling into the cheerful dining room speckled with red-checkered tabletops. Here, cooks have been doling out signature Chicago-style pan pizzas for more than 20 years, as well as a selection of thin-crust pies, gluten-free offerings, and hearty Italian sandwiches. They adorn handmade dough with fresh toppings and pure mozzarella cheese or layer toasted italian rolls with succulent slices of slow-cooked beef.

Outside the restaurant, a wooden awning stretches out over a front patio, where diners can enjoy the fresh air, barring rain or Mother Nature's decision to get rid of her day-old air first.

21771 Lake Forest Dr
Lake Forest,
CA
US