Restaurants & Bars 5

Pizzeria Ortica Costa Mesa

chris2269 | Jan 13, 2009 12:32 PM

So after reading about the opening of Pizzeria Ortica this week, I decided to check it out for lunch

Pizzeria Ortica is owned by David Myer and the LA Food Arts Group. David Myer was there and I spoke with him briefly. He was very nice.
The head Chef is Steve Samson (Valentino and Sona)

I went in planning on having pizza but after looking at the menu I had the following..

Preserved Tuna with Pomegranate beans and pickled onion - Basically a high quality tuna salad. While it Didn't floor me,it was very good.

Ravioli of Nettle and Ricotta -Cooked perfectly, really a nice dish with quality ingredients. The sauce did not overpower the ravioli.

The article I read before going compared it to Pizzeria Mozza. I have not dined there so I can't comment. I would compare it to Enteco San Marco (The better of the two Batali restaurants in Vegas IMO)

I made a tentative dinner reservation for Saturday night as they are unsure about if they are doing dinner yet (I guess based on demand at this point) I hope they do I definitely want to go back and try some other things out.

Its great that The South Coast Plaza area is getting some nice foodie spots. I love happy hour at Charlie Palmer and think Marche Moderne is a gem. I live in Oceanside so its so much closer than going out to dinner in LA.

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