- Price Range: $$$Prego has all that one could wish for in a fine Italian restaurant; an elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere, attentive service and cuisine that strikes the perfect balance between traditional authenticity and innovative preparations. It’s the perfect setting in which to enjoy good conversation and feast on the best cuisine that Italy has to offer. Adding a splash of Mediterranean color to California, Prego’s ambience blends the warmth and rustic charm of old-world Italy with the electricity and vibrance of a cosmopolitan restaurant. Streamlined arches and columns, gleaming copper, polished hardwood floors and an abundance of Cherrywood furnishings produce an elegant and sophisticated, yet comfortable, atmosphere. A lively exhibition kitchen allows diners to view the artful chefs creating their delicious dishes. With a capacity to seat between 150 and 250 guests, Prego features al fresco dining, full bar, banquet rooms and catering services. Executive Chef & Partner, Ugo Allesina, brings more than 25 years of experience to his position. Born and raised in the region of Piemonte, Italy, his experience at a number of prestigious hotels and restaurants in Italy, Germany and the United States has enabled him to develop his outstanding skills as a premiere Chef of Northern Italian cuisine. The menu emphasizes regional Italian cuisine, featuring authentic pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, freshly made pastas, grilled fresh fish, spit-roasted meats and fowl, and an extensive list of wines from Italy and California that will please even the most discriminating wine connoisseur. Homemade desserts and pastries make a perfect ending to an unforgettable dining experience. Prego has received fine-dining awards from the Restaurant Writers’ Association and the Wine and Food Society of Southern California. It has been a culinary destination for more than two decades. Prego Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner daily and is located at 18420 Von Karman Ave in Irvine. For more information or reservations, call 949.553.1333 or visit http://www.pregoristoranti.com or http://www.facebook.com/pregoristorante.
- Price Range: $$$Since 1979 Antonello Ristorante has captured the essence of Old World authenticity with a new Italian cuisine – Cucina Nostalgica Italiana. The authentically Italian Dishes, made with freshest ingredients, are created by Executive Chef with occasional assistance from Owner Antonio Cagnolo’s mother, Mama Pina, whose influence is ever-present, whatever the inspired selection on the menu. Restaurant critics the world over have admired Antonello’s expansive menu of antipastos, soups, salads and fresh pasta dishes, as well as its ample variety of exceptional fish, poultry, veal and beef entrees. Antonello’s award-winning wine list boasts more than 700 foreign and domestic labels. For special occasions or business meetings, there are eight private dining rooms of varied sizes, with guest seating from eight to 85. Awards include the Golden Scepter award from the So. California Restaurant Writers for an unprecedented 10 consecutive years and the AAA Four Diamond Award for 11 consecutive years. The American Academy of Hospitality Science’s Five Star Diamond was awarded to Antonello for “…commitment to hospitality in all aspects of its daily operation.” Zagat Guide says, “Orange County’s Best Italian …even worth the drive from L.A.” Make an Open Table Reservation!