Italian Restaurants in Costa Mesa


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  • Finbars Italian Kitchen
    Before moving to California, the owners of Finbars Italian Kitchen lived in a Brooklyn neighborhood densely populated with Italian families. Like the rest of the neighborhood, they attended St. Finbar parish, where they gossiped and traded recipes with “grandmas, moms, and quite a few uncles that all know how and love to cook.” Later, as transplants to the West Coast, they infused the “straight to the point food” they knew and loved with fresh, California-style ingredients such as cilantro, zucchini, and celebrity secrets. Their menu soon grew to reflect both their traditions and culinary developments, with dishes such as chicken tequila fusilli, pad thai linguine, and New York prime steaks. Today, they serve their freshly made dishes in two locations, where live music entertains diners on weekends.
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    901 S Coast Dr.
    Costa Mesa, CA US
  • Sweet Basil Cafe
    On the café's sign, a tiny green leaf glows like a hyphen between the words “Sweet” and “Basil.” Through the glass doors, the ebb and flow of conversation rolls against the canary-yellow walls. Peeking around at the black lacquered tables, patrons see steaming pies draped in thick, emerald cloaks of pesto, whose scent hints at garlic, pine nuts, and the eatery’s namesake herb, basil. Forks spool richly sauced pastas and bury themselves deep into stuffed calzones. Scoops of spumoni ease feasts to a close, unlike the decision to show off how strong a homemade table is.
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    270 Bristol St Ste 114
    Costa Mesa, CA US
  • Onotria
    To Master Chef Massimo Navarretta—who grew up farming and wine-making in Campania, Italy—it makes little sense to separate wine from food. At his eatery Onotria, which received Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence in 2011 and 2012, he groups dishes on the menu by wine pairing, rather than by main ingredient or ability to be balanced on the tip of a tiny dessert spoon. Seafood-based plates, such as prosciutto-wrapped tiger shrimp or poached octopus with artichokes, complement a glass of dry, sparkling white wine. Lightly breaded pork medallions accompany a light, dry red, while hearty lamb chops or filet go with a bolder varietal such as zinfandel or merlot. These dishes can serve as tasting plates for groups, entrees for individuals, or finger food for visiting giants. To create the seasonal menu, the kitchen uses hormone- and antibiotic-free meats, as well as organic and biodynamic ingredients. Meals are served under a high-peaked ceiling with wooden rafters, in a dining room with exposed-brick columns and mottled walls that echo the look of an old-country trattoria.
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    2831 Bristol St
    Costa Mesa, CA US
  • Garduno's Express Cuisine
    For a new spin on spaghetti and meatballs, try trendy hotspot Garduno's Express Cuisine. Low-fat alternatives are not available, however, so make sure your waistband has some wiggle room. Tots and tykes will be right at home at Garduno's Express Cuisine with its kid-approved food and ambience. Wifi here is on the house. Garduno's Express Cuisine caters to all party sizes, both large and small. Patio tables and chairs are ready for Garduno's Express Cuisine diners who prefer their meals al fresco. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Garduno's Express Cuisine's cooking from the comfort of their own home. You can also serve food from Garduno's Express Cuisine at your next party — the restaurant offers catering. Garduno's Express Cuisine is centrally located near many parking lot options. An average meal at Garduno's Express Cuisine will set you back about $30. Short on cash? No problem. Garduno's Express Cuisine happily accepts all major credit cards.
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    298 E 17th St
    Costa Mesa, CA US
  • Little Caesars Pizza
    At Little Caesars Pizza, guests can expect one of the more inexpensive meals in Costa Mesa. Stop by for the excellent quality and stay for friendly service. You'll be planning your next trip to Little Caesars before you know it. Streetwear attire is acceptable, so feel free to come as you are. Also, while the prices may be low, you can bet that the ingredients will be fresh. In fact, you should easily be able to enjoy a good meal for nine or ten bucks, and can probably get in and out for just a Lincoln if you try. If you don't feel like eating in, you can always grab your food to go, or just place an order for delivery. A reliable option for dinner in Costa Mesa, a trip to Little Caesars is definitely worthwhile, no matter how you slice it. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby. Should you prefer to pedal over there, bicycle parking's also offered.
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    2967 Harbor Boulevard
    Costa Mesa, CA US
  • Pizza D'Oro
    Gather up the whole crew and head to Pizza D'Oro for a night of pizza and fun. Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Pizza D'Oro, a local favorite. The drink list at Pizza D'Oro has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Pizza D'Oro. Complimentary wifi is available as well. Pizza D'Oro offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Pizza D'Oro's cooking from the comfort of their own home. You can also serve food from Pizza D'Oro at your next party — the pizzeria offers catering. Score parking in the lot adjacent to Pizza D'Oro, a local restaurant. Thrifty eaters will also love Pizza D'Oro's prices, which are generally below $15.
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    1145 Baker St
    Costa Mesa, CA US

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