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Alessa by Chef Pirozzi

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234 Forest Avenue, (Cross streets PCH & Forest), Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Very nice

Good food not wildly priced by LB standards. We were recommended the meatballs and were not disappointed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good food not wildly priced by LB standards. We were recommended the meatballs and were not disappointed.

Thank Clive59
San Clemente, California, United States
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84 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If a restaurant headlines the name of the chef---and offers what it calls house-made pastas---then they are setting the table for you to be impressed. And we were. By how awful it was. In the years I've been part of the tripadvisor tribe, I have written very few negative blasts---the hospitality business is hard, and everybody has a bad day...and... More 

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Laguna Beach
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145 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Alessa and Mare are sister restaurants in town. Mare restricts their menu in the winter, but Alessa keeps the same. Which is why in the winter our friends migrate to the downtown store. We love the choices of hams, salamis, cheeses and salads. It's so easy to accommodate anyone. There's vegetarians and gluten free in our group, so everyone leaves... More 

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La Habra, California
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a visit to the Hugo Rivera Gallery in Laguna Beach, my wife and I stopped by Alessa by Pirozzi for a late lunch. Nice Italian restaurant just half a block off Pacific Coast Highway. The service was good and we ordered Panini and Eggplant Parmigiana. Great Place...Plan to come back for either the Lamb Salad or the Veal Osso-Buco.

Thank arturofranz
Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Taken there by friends who frequent the restaurant often. Service, quality of food and wine selection all excellent. Pizza is light, ingredients fresh, crispy light crust and delicious topping choices. We ordered the mushroom pizza and it was excellent. Fresh pastas are all excellent. I ordered the Squid Ink linguine with seafood and it was light, fresh and flavorful. My... More 

Thank cocochest
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I had dinner here at the recommendation of our hotel concierge. The proprietor greeted us at the door, which belied the service we were about to get. While our waiter was warm and friendly, we felt a bit ignored during the course of our meal. It's worth saying, though, that the food is fantastic -- the meatballs,... More 

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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We have been Alessa diners and supporters for several years, but this past year the quality and finer touches for dinner have degraded the experience. I".., skimping on the cheese topping on Penne Norma made the dish mediocre at a high price

Thank TonyFi18
St. George Utah
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63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We went to visit the next door restaurant, which we love, but decided last minute to give this place a try. What a great decision. From fresh made pasta to Tiramasu that I actually loved (don't normally like the stuff), Alessa's did not disappoint. The spaghetti with meatballs should be more appropriately called, Spaghetti with a side of meatloaf. Those... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I read about this restaurant in Orange Coast magazine and have been there several times since September. Great food and attentive waiters. Nice wine selection. Frequented by locals, favored by all. They gout of their way to make you feel at home. Families, couples, singles at the bar, has made it one of my favorites!! Kale salad, yum! Pasta....any of... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We always sit at bar, as the tables are close together. The bartenders pour a generous glass of wine, and take good care of you. We always order carpaccio. Thin slices of filet mignon topped with capers and shaved parmesan lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil over arugula.Then a pasta dish.

Thank donaldc852

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 234 Forest Avenue, (Cross streets PCH & Forest), Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: 19494978222

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?