Alessa by Chef Pirozzi

4.1
826 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Bustling pizzeria just steps from the beach that serves thin-crust pies & pasta amid a rustic dining room.
NOTE: This is not affiliated with Cucina Alessa in Newport Beach or Huntington Beach.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 826 People Are Saying
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4.3
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3.9
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4.1
ambience
3.9
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Fellinlove
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was divine!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
87 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Love this place!

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vipMaryR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience3

The food was delicious, but the service was poor. The waiter hardly said a word, never once checked on us during our meal.

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LauriB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Made reservations for 4 and needed to add one more the day of. They accommodated us no problem. They sat us inside and it’s a little noisier inside. Outside would of been nice. We ordered drinks and they did forget them. Had to remind them. They were very busy and were getting busier. They brought them then said the drinks were on them since they forgot. That was very nice of them as well. We ordered the meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs, meat ravioli, gallina, and it was all sooooo delicious! We all enjoyed are meals. I wanted to finish it with spomoni ice cream but they were out. I was bummed about that. Over all great place! Definitely will be going back!

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vipbrendamc
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best Italian in Orange County.... Chef José is fantastic and the service was excellent, as always.

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MikeB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Had a reservation and we were seated quickly, but it was 10 minutes before the waiter appeared to take our order. My wife ordered eggplant Parmesan and was told it would take a half hour because one of the stoves wasn’t working. She also asked to substitute the Caesar salad with the house salad, no problem, said the waiter. I ordered lobster ravioli, nodini as an appetizer and a meatball to be served with the appetizer because of the delay with the eggplant preparation. The nodini arrived, small portion for the cost. The main courses arrived at least half an hour after the order, along with the meatball (though we asked for it with the appetizer). Our expectation was the food would be hot since the eggplant should have just come out of the oven. Nope. All the food was lukewarm and my wife receive the Caesar salad instead of the house salad she requested. Beside being lukewarm, the food was bland. There was very little lobster in the ravioli. This was our first time at Alessa because we wanted to try some place new in Laguna Beach. It will also be our last time.

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AylinYengin
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The service was bad! First or appetizers came and then we had to literally beg To get our drinks and our bread - reminding two or three times. Then while we were still eating our appetizers, even before the bread and the drinks: the main course arrived. My pasta was OK but overrated and overpriced. my friends pasta was literally over cooked and super dry. We were in this restaurant before and it was much better. Currently the quality dropped the prices are much higher than before

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MichelleE
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

My dish was delicious. Service was OK. The tables were too crowded. I made reservations and requested a table outside, but was seated inside. I didn't feel special. I look forward to visiting you in the future.

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nmac
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We were looking so forward to a wonderful Italian meal. It was lively and festive, but the tables were packed in so close to each other that we couldn’t relax or hear ourselves because of a man next to us who was shouting the entire time. Our water was never refilled, and we had to ask several times for more dipping sauce. It was the worst Italian food we have ever tasted, and the sauce tasted like it came out of a jar. We were so disappointed, and won’t be back.

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JenM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience4

So this was our second visit as our first experience was great. Everything was the same….good food and atmosphere. The restaurant was busy but food and drinks were served in a timely manner.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated promptly, our waiter chose an excellent meat and cheese tray for my family, and all of the food was delicious.

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vipAnthonyM
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional meal from food to service its a great dining experience!

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WesS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The atmosphere and the food were very good. They are definitely in a rush to turn tables, we felt very rushed. They brought out our entrees before we were even finished with our salads. I HATE that, I want to relax a bit.

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TerryH
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the lobster ravioli ! The calamari was delicious! My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner!

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AidGB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alessa always has amazing, fresh Italian food. I've been a number of times and all the dishes are great.

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KeraS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We made a reservation 2 days in advance as we had a family member in town and the service was horrible. The server Luis acted like we were taking to his time, rushing through our orders, not delivering bread or silverware etc, he was not pleasant and eventually we called him out on it like “are you in a hurry”? We spent $300+ on a meal for a family of 5 adults plus wine and we would never recommend it based on the service and Luis alone. The food was delicious but not worth the horrible service. Save your time and your money.

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CCfan
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service and the food fantastic! It’s our go to place in Laguna Beach.

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NancyR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food as well as the service so no complaints!

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vipMichaelW
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent eggplant parmigiana! But wine prices were ridiculous.

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vipDoubleB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

too busy, attention to detail lacking, no bread of water offered... sardine seating, didn't honor reservations for outside seating on Open Table, hostess not helpful-over worked.

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RitaD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

So so pasta and sauce. Alfredo sauce gave my husband indignation all night. Very crowded and very noisy. Bread as a joke. Four very thin slices of not-so-good bread

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jenniferv
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I have been to this restaurant multiple times. Not sure if this was a one off experience but it was by far substandard. I ordered the lamb dish and was unable to distinguish it from the short rib dish, which was ordered by my dad. My 9 year old ordered the ravioli and she was still beyond hungry. Very disappointed in the portion size of the ravioli, $19 for 6 to 8 raviolis does not seem too realistic.

My mom loved her salmon over spinach.

It took about 15 min for our server to come. We had 4 pm reservations. We were not served bread until we asked about 3 times. Then asked for another basket with our meal (there were 4 of us) and it never came.

Not sure why the service was so bad and the food mediocre this time around. We came for an early dinner in the middle of the week so weekend rush was not the issue.

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KayH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

first of all, I had reservations for outdoor dining and when we arrive (15min early) the hostess said there didn't have any available tables. Then I believed a more experienced and smarter lady rescued the situation and said we couldn't have the empty table because it sat four but that she noticed 2 tables were asking for the checks. Of course we congenially said we would wait. so 30 min. later we had a table for 2 in the outdoor setting we requested. You need to train the hostess!!
also when we have dined here before that the waiter also brought a complementary glass of Prosecco and a little appetizer dish - a nice welcome to our restaurant. Interesting the table to the left with 4 and the table to the right with 6 received this but not us. Strange

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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SaidK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was the 3rd time in the last 5-6 weeks that I took some guests to this restaurant. My dissatisfaction grew every time. They have items on the menu which are not available when you order the. The last time at least two items were not available, Lamb Chops and Insalata di Mare. And above all, imagine that an Italian restaurant has no coffee machine to serve you any type of coffee. Very disappointing.

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ChefR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were great. Also, very convenient location.

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vipWineanddinedoc
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was tremendous but the restaurant was 100% full making it noisy and hot on a warm summer evening without AC. The mains were served well before the apps were finished. Our servers great attitude helped the evening become successful.

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vipDkamla
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service was exceptionally slow due to the fact that our server was also a bartender (who didn't know if they had cachaca or not). We requested a table change and were assured that they had a table and would be "right back" to accommodate our request...turned out to be a bald faced lie as it never happened. The charcuterie plate of 6 choices was served on top of so much lettuce that the sliced meat and cheese got lost in the pile of greens, and the octopus/salmon carpaccio provided only a meager amount of protein...definitely not worth $22. Ordered bison ravioli that 20 minutes later we were told was not available. Ok, ordered veal piccata with spinach and potatoes. The potatoes were old and cold, and very unappealing. The pizza and (not sure which) ravioli ordered by others were quite good. I might go here for pizza and zin, but there are too many other places to go to that provide reliably good service, and good food. Can't see a good reason to return here.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Unimpressed by menu design but VERY happy with food - delicious!! Amazing what two chefs can prepare in a very busy restaurant. Food piping hot and flavorful.

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mzrobbie
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside for lunch at 1:30pm on a Friday with our dog. Not crowded at that time, but it was VERY crowded the night before when we walked by. Highly recommend the pizzas, especially the Fungi Misti if you like mushrooms, fontina cheese, and truffle. Very flavorful! I did think that $21 for an individual pizza (though it is enough for 2 people when supplemented with a salad or appetizer) was a bit pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real Italian food right in Laguna Beach. The food is so incredible!

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TomT
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Waiter ignored us after we placed our order. We asked multiple staff to please refill our drinks and nobody ever did. Only tables with 4+ people were being attended to. Food wasn't good enough to offset the terrible service.

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NolanK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food was good, service was terrible.

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RebaC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food is fantastic! The service was not good. They need to improve that for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This place was super busy and I understand that but it took us almost a hour to get our entrees

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vipGritzy
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing every time! My favorite restaurant in Laguna.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked our table for 8:30, arrived 5 minutes prior. 45 minutes later and we hadn’t been seated yet. Disorganized, hostesses were seating other people completely randomly after keeping saying we “were next”. Gave up and left. Definitely not worth the wait. Won’t come back.

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vipEdwardM
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience3

The food was good but I didn’t appreciate being asked to move after we had been seated even though we had a reservation. Not good, so therefore I will never go back!

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TheDoctor
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Revisiting the locale of our first date 20 months ago. Food is very good. Atmosphere is lively. Tables are a little tightly packed and it’s loud. If you like that, it’s perfect.

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vipLISAT
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was terrific as always and our server Miguel took such great care of us.. we will be back next week, and the week after and the week after.. food is suburb.. thank you for the treat of the ravioli.. Lisa and mark tenner

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Alessa by Chef Pirozzi using the Order Online button. Alessa by Chef Pirozzi also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 497-8222.

Alessa by Chef Pirozzi is rated 4.1 stars by 826 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.