Are you hungry for some delicious Italian food? Seize the opportunity of the upcoming OC Restaurant Week to explore the amazing Italian eateries in Irvine. During March 3-9, 2019, many restaurants will participate by offering a special lunch and dinner menu which includes a starter, an entree, and a dessert for a fixed price. Many offer an additional specialty cocktail. Some of the best Italian food can be found right here in Irvine, so Buon Appetito!

Angelina's Pizzeria Napoletana

8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 536-5200

Lunch $20  | Dinner $40

3 dishes of meatballs, flat bread, and pomodori

Start with Pomodori made from the best heirloom tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and mozzarella. One of the most popular dishes, the Polpette al Sugo, are two large meatballs cooked in the pizza oven, covered with Pomodoro sauce and melted burrata that pair well with toasted flatbread. On the dinner menu, the Pappardelle al Cinghiale is a delightful taste of hand-cut pappardelle pasta made in house by the culinary team. The wild boar ragu that is the base of this pasta dish is tender and incredibly flavored. The Burrata Pizza is also an excellent choice with prosciutto di Parma, topped with cherry tomatoes, burrata cheese, and mozzarella, and cooked in the wood-fired pizza ovens. Finish off your meal with a light dessert of panna cotta. This vanilla flavored and delicate cream custard topped with port cherries and walnuts is the perfect end to the meal. A specialty cocktail - the 46 Sour - pairs well with the Italian flavors on the menu with whiskey, simple syrup, lemon juice, and frothed egg white.

White dish of hand cut pappardelle pasta, wild boar rage, parmigiano-reggiano  46 sour cocktail with whisky, on a counter by the bar

Angelina's pizza ovens and bar seating  Panna Cotta with port cherries and walnuts drizzled with cherry sauce

 

Il Fornaio

18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612

(949) 261-1444

Lunch $20  | Dinner $40

Plate of Italian short ribs, mashed potatoes, spinach, and rosemary stem

The light and fresh Insalata Del Fornaio is a great starter salad on the lunch menu. A popular dish for the locals who love this beautiful restaurant, nestled in the business district of Irvine. The Caprese Calda on the starter section of the dinner menu is a delectable dish of ripe, California tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil, all drizzled with olive oil. Tender short ribs served with mashed potatoes pack a delicious punch of savory meat braised with a sauce of pancetta, red wine, and root vegetables, and is served with mashed potatoes and organic spinach. The Pennoni Alla Vodka is a great selection from the lunch menu of large Italian pasta in a vodka-cream-tomato sauce with bacon, and Grana Padano. You will want to save some appetite for one of the most delectable desserts in the world, the Torta Allo Zabaione. This sponge cake soaked in marsala wine is light, creamy, and well-flavored with hints of citrus while edged with toasted almonds and dark chocolate shavings. Beautiful little Cannoli Sciliani is another perfect dessert option filled with fresh sheep's milk ricotta and edged with pistachio crumbs and dark chocolate. The menu at Il Fornaio features family recipes crafted from throughout the diverse regions of Italy making it the perfect restaurant for authentic Italian food.

Plate of salad greens with parmesan cheese shavings and toast

Plate with 2 caprese salad stacks; tomato, basil, mozzarella, olive oil

Plate of Italian pasta Pennoni Alla Vodka

Il Fornaio restaurant table, kitchen, chicken roasts, and pizza oven

Plate of Torta Allo Zabaione sponge cake with chocolate shavings

Cannoli served on rectangular plate with Italy flag colors red, white, green

 

Square One Pizza Cafe

5789 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 451-1750

Lunch $15  |  Dinner $20

Square pizza with sausage and pepperoni, a soda, and a bowl of linguine

Breakfast is on the menu at Square One Pizza during Restaurant Week. Breakfast for dinner, and open for breakfast each day! Enjoy delicious Brioche French Toast with Chambord raspberry coulis while you sip a sweet mimosa (additional $6). The lunch and dinner menu include a beverage of choice or pick a glass of house red or white wine for an additional $5 or a pint of draft beer for $4. The spinach salad is a delicious starter with a light dressing, cherry tomatoes, red onions, olives, and feta cheese. Choose from bruschetta, fried ravioli, or Caprese salad as the starter on the dinner menu. The 10" McTernan pizza is a favorite entree at Square One with sweet fennel sausage, pepperoni, basil, tomato puree, and fresh mozzarella cheese. Prosciutto & chicken linguini is a delicious choice for dinner with tender pasta in a creamy and flavorful sauce. Top off a perfect lunch or dinner with a trio of housemade dessert bites. A chocolate brownie, a cheesecake bite with raspberry Chambord coulis, and a midnight layer cake with a toasted pecan crust and chocolate espresso cream are a sweet way to end a great meal. Square One Pizza is a great place for delicious and creative pizzas and a fun spot for happy hour.

 

Square plate with French toast bites and orange juice

Square veggie pizza, soda, and a spinach salad

White plate with three dessert bites of chocolate, cheesecake, and brownie

A bar with menus on a blackboard at Square One Pizza

 

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

18420 Von Karman Ave. Irvine, CA 92612

(949) 477-4810

Lunch $25  |  Dinner $50  |  Luxe Dinner with specialty cocktail $80

Metal basket of popovers on a table with white wine

The light and flaky popovers are a delicious start to a fine meal at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse. Pair a specialty cocktail such as a Chambord Lemonade or Italian Margarita with the Luxe dinner or enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive menu. From the antipasti selection, we enjoyed the Burrata, tomato, and arugula salad. I also highly recommend the Hamachi Tartare which perfectly combined the flavors of fresh fish, Asian pears, avocados, and citrus vinaigrette. For the main dish, the Chicken Milanese topped with arugula, parmesan, and lemon butter was a tasty entree with a crispy breaded exterior. The bucatini pasta with giant grilled shrimp and bottarga in a white wine and lemon sauce was exceptionally delicious. The perfect end to the meal came in the form of two dessert options. A sweet chocolate mousse covered with strawberries and dark chocolate chips and a blood orange chiffon cake topped with rhubarb citrus compote and cream. Options from the Luxe Dinner Menu include Maine lobster, Filet Mignon, New York Strip, and Squid Ink Conchiglie. Read more about Destination Irvine's coverage of this new steakhouse here.

Arugula lettuce on tomatoes with burrata cheese on top

Hamachi Tartare on a white plate

Plate of pasta with shrimp

Plate of Chicken Milanese topped with arugula and parmesan

Plate of Blood Orange Chiffon Cake with berry preserves and cream

Dessert of chocolate mousse with strawberries

Exterior of Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse in Irvine with office building and tree

Inside of Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse at the bar

** All images by Michelle McCoy **