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Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen
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Ranked #68 of 505 Restaurants in Newport Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Dining at Modo Mio is a delight, thanks to the efforts of owner Gian Franco Bertolino and his talented staff. While Modo Mio translates to my way, in Italian, Bertolino has infused his restaurant with his own standard of excellence. From the moment diners are greeted, as they enter the Newport Coast, California location, they are enveloped into a haven of warmth and hospitality. Bertolino and company are dedicated to creating and serving superb Northern Italian specialties, to their devoted clientele, in an ambiance that is both inviting and relaxing.
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198 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Wait, wait and more waiting”
Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

We dined here on a recent Saturday evening and found that service to be so slow that it actually turned off our appetite. The food was decent but due to the delay in service I could not actually judge anymore.

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English first
Irvine, California, Usa
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“is modomio on the decline?”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Our party of 5 had a disappointing dinner on Fri 10, 2014. Sevice was supeficial and disinterested, the food was not even worth two owls. The minestrone turned out to be an ordinary, uninspired vegatble soup; their usually good nodino (veal chop) was overcooked to my taste and lacked any flavor. The only good dishes were the pastas, but those can be had at Luna Rosso (District) and Roma d'Italia for less money.The manager had left at 9 pm, without coming to our table even once.
Is Modo Mio on the decline?

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank worldlaufer
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Ottawa, Canada
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87 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“One of Our Favourites”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

We have been taking a winter break at Newport Coast for the last six years. We discovered Modo Mio on our first visit and look forward to eating there each year. It is situated in an upscale strip mall on the Pacific Coast Highway at Crystal Cove which is between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. There is no view, unless you enjoy looking over the many exotic cars in the parking lot!

The decoration is neutral and the ambiance is "busy Italian". Because the tables are close together and the ceiling is arched, when it's full, as it normally seems to be, the noise level is high. That does seem, however, to be a characteristic of many popular Italian restaurants. There is no outside dining area.

The menu is extensive for all courses. In addition to the menu starters, the chef provides complimentary marinaded mushrooms. These tasty tidbits and the excellent house-baked bread generally have sufficed for starters for us. We have sampled many of the main-course offerings and have never been disappointed. Especially the rissotto, of which there are three choices and a daily selection, is a favourite. Desserts are excellent and the chocolate pecan pie is to die for! Prices are very reasonable, especially for an up-market area.

The wine list, although not huge, covers a nice range, fairly priced with a good selection of by-the-glass choices.

We have always been happy with the service with all the wait staff friendly, efficient and attentive.

Highly recommended!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Al G
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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93 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Excellent start to our visit”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

We ate here our first night at the Newport Coast Villas. We were headed to the market but decided to have an early dinner here. It was a good choice. They honored our request for a window table and service was excellent.
There were four of us and we all had a different entree. I had the penne with salmon and my husband had risotto. Everyone loved their meal. My daughter-in-law and I both had lunch the next day with our leftovers. The prices were very reasonable.
We would recommend this restaurant and plan to return when we visit again.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank crjask
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent Italian Food”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

This restaurant was recommended by the Marriott Vacation Club Newport Coast Villas. We had an outstanding dinner. My Veal Milanese was enough to split in half and finish the next day for another meal. My husband's Risotto De Padre was loaded with bay scallops and he said it was the best risotto ever. The homemade tagliatelle was great: I had with pesto and my brother-in-law had the bolognese. The service was very good and I would highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Denise B
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