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“Dependable every time”
Review of Nello Cucina - CLOSED

Nello Cucina
Price range: $14 - $28
Cuisines: Italian, Wine Bar
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Description: Nello Cucina is a classic Italian trattoria, located in the atrium of Crystal Court at South Coast Plaza. Nello Cucina has an outdoor feeling of dining in a Piazza in a small town in Italy. The aromas emitting from the open kitchen and the wood burning pizza oven fills the air and stimulates the senses.As you take a voyage through this gastronomical adventure, the pasta is a must. Rotolo di Spinaci (baked rolled up pasta filled with ricotta and spinach, on a bed of marinara sauce and topped with béchamel and melted mozzarella cheese), Risotto of the day made with the freshest ingredients. Pizza con Burrata, cooked in the wood burning oven which takes this Italian favorite food to another dimension. Many traditional dishes such as veal and chicken are available, not to mention a local favorite, Osso Buco which is served on a bed of saffron risotto. Fresh fish is delivered daily and is served with the chef’s creative hand.To complete your meal all desserts are made fresh daily, along with a full bar and an extensive wine list to compliment your culinary experience.
Reviewed December 26, 2011

Nello is in an improbable location, a mall, and under an escalator, to boot, but its got great Italian food, a short but interesting and reasonable wine list, and great waitrons. Taught my kids to move up from hamburgers here, and have also entertained clients and colleagues here. Its a keeper.

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Reviewed November 21, 2011

Located in the Crystal Court at South Coast Plaza, Nello's is a great place to dine with friends. The appetizers are inventive and very good. I had the Osso Buco for the main course - a veal shank braised to perfection, served on a bed of risotto, spiced with saffron. Excellent!
Although Nello's is a bit pricey, the service is excellent. Without hovering, Domingo, our waiter, was attentive and informative. Quick with the wit, his personality added to the evening experience.
One tip: Nello's has a low $10 corkage which allows you to bring your special wines and share them with your friends.

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Reviewed June 18, 2008

Located in South Coast Plaza, this Italian restaurant specializes in authentic brick oven cooking. Favorites include the Veal scaloppini al Marsala. $$

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Reviewed March 24, 2015
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