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“Always good and a true bargain!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cucina Alessa

Cucina Alessa
234 Forest Avenue, (Cross streets PCH & Forest), Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-8222
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Ranked #14 of 154 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Laguna Beach, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Always good and a true bargain!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2009

I've dined at Pomodoro about a dozen times and have always had a good experience. There isn't a gigantic menu, but everything I've tried is great and very reasonably priced. There are some "healthy" (or healthier, as the case may be) choices with whole wheat pasta that are actually very flavorful. The service is usually pretty fast, the staff is friendly and helpful, and it is very kid-friendly.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
“sit on the patio...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2009

sit on the patio...

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Plover, WI
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Good value for the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2009

We make it a point to eat at Pomodoro every year when we vacation in the Laguna Beach area. Although we've always had to wait for a table for anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes (peak season - late July), we just plan on taking in some of the *nearby shops while waiting since they provide pagers that, we were told, can be taken a short distance.
We have found the Italian food at Pomodoro to be interesting, fresh and VERY reasonable for the area with most main courses clocking in at around $10.

*While you wait for a table, go across the street and peruse "The Candy Baron's" selection of taffy flavors and old fashioned candies you forgot ever existed!

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Aliso Viejo, California
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166 reviews 166 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 105 cities Reviews in 105 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Best Italian Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2009

Right off the coast highway in downtown LaGuna Beach you could spend 50% more on Italian food if you wanted. But why? This place is excellent with reasonably priced wines and good service. The food was excellent and the only minor complaint I would have is that there was not enough spinich dishes. On summer weekends you may have to wait during dinner hours.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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utah
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49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
“mixed emotion”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2008

We ate here on our way down the coast. Service, great...wine, very good...it is hard to say what wasn't up to par here, the food was either over cooked or vegies undercooked, .I would give it another try, but not until I have checked out other restaurants in the area.

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