Before spaghetti, there was the Pasta Popper—a horse pill filled with uncooked pasta that would transform into a Pastasaurus Rex when submerged in water. Celebrate Italian cuisine's departure from novelty with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of authentic cuisine and drinks at Salvatore Cucina Italiana in Mission Viejo.
Salvatore Cucina Italiana's menu of old-fashioned Italian fare was inspired by owner and general manager Salvatore S. D'Abbusco's childhood in Naples. Knowing that a filling, delicious meal shouldn't be the sole domain of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and professional Skee-Ball players, Salvatore's serves as the "Home of The Complete Dinner," which includes your choice of entree, homemade Italian specialty soup, house salad, bruschetta, a side of pasta (for non-pasta entrees), your choice of dessert, and a piping-hot cup of coffee (starting at $9.95). Create your own mealtime destiny with the risotto alla pescatora ($21.95), stocked with a menagerie of aquatic life, including mussels, shrimp, calamari, scallops, and a small lobster tail. Those tired of a world saturated with flavor packets will swoon after a bite of the capellini scarpara ($13.95), which is angel-hair pasta splashed with olive oil, garlic, capers, olives, diced tomatoes, and basil.
When it's too hot to go outside at midday, stop by to experience a savory lunch menu, featuring dishes such as the con polpette della casa ($7.95), a hearty meatball and mozzarella sandwich served on ciabatta bread. No matter what time the meal is served, wine is always a viable option. Sip and feast in the same cozy dining room where Salvatore's has served crowd-pleasing Italian classics for 20 years.
Salvatore Cucina Italiana was featured in the Orange County Register's Food Frenzy blog. Yelpers give Salvatore Cucina Italiana 3.5 stars. Seventy-two percent of nearly 50 Urbanspooners recommend the restaurant, and four TripAdvisors give it four owl eyes.
- In a time where our dollars don’t seem to stretch as far as they used to, insane meal deals like the “Complete Dinner” offered at Salvatore is something I’ll go back for again and again. – Niyaz Pirani, Orange County Register
- The "Complete Dinner" is a pretty smokin' deal, and the service is excellent. – Gene S., Yelp
- The quality of their food is just outstanding. – A TripAdvisor member
Salvatore Cucina Italiana
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.