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“Follow the smell of garlic to find the front door”

Alessa by Chef Pirozzi
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Ranked #24 of 186 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

We smelled the Resturant before we actually got to the front door. Loads of garlic! The insalata di mare was generous with seafood and satisfying as dinner alone. It was packed densely and on the verge of being too crowded and noisy to enjoy. Service suffered too during the peak hours - summer just before the Pageant of the Masters started.

Thank Karen D
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Reviewed 8 August 2018

Before an evening at Pageant of the Masters, we opted to have a bite at Alessa. They were recommended to us by the Ayres Hotel in Laguna Woods where we were staying. It was so hot that we opted to share a Superfood salad, which was cool, light, delicious...and a pizza...thin, thin, thin crispy crust, perfect crispy prosciutto...sweet & spicy tomato sauce with goat cheese. So so good. Both were a bit pricy, but....worth it!
The patio area where we sat was...can I just say a little tight. Compressed space. Also note, they only accept reservations for parties of six or more. PS. They serve the yummiest pesto with their bread.

Thank Suanne S
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

We had reservations for 8 but had a 20 minute wait for the table. Service was good, but restaurants popularity, crowded facility, etc. really detracted a bit from experience. Food was very good with a diverse menu. Reasonable prices.

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Thank Rick C
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Reviewed 25 July 2018

My family was fortunate enough to get a las minute table at Alessa on a Saturday evening. The restaurant was busy and had a welcoming buzz. We had great service and the meal was outstanding. From the pesto they placed on the table to the appetiser pizza, we were impressed. The lobster mac n cheese was excellent as was the clam vongholese. Thank you for a wonderful meal.

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Thank CBTraveler524
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Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

During our stay in Laguna Beach we had the pleasure of dining at Alessa twice. Both times we ordered many dishes for sharing (family of 4), so we got to sample quite many. It all was perfect and authentic Italian. The sea food dishes probarly the best. This was the best restaurant we visited during a three weeks trip around SoCal. The restaurant is busy, but still they took time to speak with you. The service was great.

Thank heineaardalen
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