Salerno by Chef Pirozzi

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508 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

Salerno by Chef Pirozzi serves authentic italian cuisine, owned and operated by Certified Italian Chef Alessandro Pirozzi. It's menu consists of freshly homemade pastas such as Fettucini Alfredo, Black Ink Spaghetti & Clams, and Mamma's Meatballs, as well as authentic piattis Veal Parmigiana and Chilean Seabass.



Salerno by Chef Pirozzi serves a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages to complement each meal. This includes a wide selection of beers, wines, and now proudly offering a full bar! It is open during the dinner hour daily except Monday.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Best Italian food I have had since I moved to California 5 years ago!!!

P
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My wife and I chose this restaurant based on Open Table rating. It exceeded our expectations. The food is authentic Italian (and this is coming from a full-blooded Italian-American). The meatball appetizer was phenomenal as was the fettuccini alfredo. The pasta is homemade. Finished up with an excellent dessert. Finally the service was exceptional. Highly recommend Salerno.

JW
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. A nice cozy restaurant with great service and great food. I would highly recomment it.

ST
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food, on the more expensive side for dining out. On a holiday you may find yourself struggling to find an appropriate volume to speak at to hear your party as it is relatively small and packed tightly. Service is quick and friendly. I will be dining here again no doubt!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was Valentine’s and everything was perfect.. the rose at the end was a nice touch 😊

R
Orange County
69 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I ordered the Healthy Salmon & Pasta, which was outstanding. My wife ordered the Eggplant Parmigiana. She was disappointed that it was fried slices of coated eggplant. Stick with the Salmon & Pasta!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The wait staff was over matched by the crowd… We are being served by the bartender which was not efficient. Also, prices were pretty much the same as sister restaurant Alesso but the ambience was not as nice here.

d
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Actually.. always a good experience!! Seems we end up here w 2 other couples.. so we are a large group of 6.. we sit tightly together.. but we still enjoy our dinners.. service is timely and helpful.. food hot and tasty!!
You guys don’t disappoint!!

OT
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Actually a family get-together. Each of the four dishes we ordered were excellent. Everyone really enjoyed his/her meal. We will be back!

KK
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Visited to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. Initial “greeting” (by outdoor receptionist girl) was not punctual (while she was speaking with someone else, not even acknowledging us) and honestly shockingly rude (as she basically pointed us to a table without even escorting us there.)

Took quite a while for waitress to arrive to greet us. Calamari appetizer was mediocre but our two mains (seafood linguine and lamb pasta) were very delicious. Given I had mentioned (when making our reservation - then directly to server given fact initial receptionist had no idea nor interest) it was our wedding anniversary the server kindly brought us a single scoop of delicious gelato.

All-in-all, not sure we’ll be rushing back as there are many outstanding dining options in Laguna Beach.

SD
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great find ! Friendly local feel with individual authentic dishes, not over priced, great wine list

j
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A tiny little gem. We have been here several times and just love the small personal feel. Service was excellent. The Chianti Riserva was so smooth. My husband always gets the lasagna because he loves it. I got a linguine dish with seafood in a tomato and wine sauce. It was good but I felt that the clams were way too small to be able to be tasty. There was some octopus which was delicious and I wish there was more of that. I probably won’t get this dish again though I will definitely come back and order other entrees

LB
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent authentic Italian cuisine and excellent service!... We will be back!

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in Laguna. Best staff and waitress.

KE
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our annual Christmas Panto play at Laguna Beach Playhouse.

R
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great little restaurant, we had a LOT of fun and all four different meals were awesome!

LM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints always good food. The new superfood ravioli was delicious and as always the short rib pasta is so good. Cheese cake light and tasty and I don’t even like cheesecake. A go to favorite restaurant.

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved the intimate setting. The place looks great during Christmas, great job on the decorating! We brought two of our Italian friends and they absolutely loved the menu! The food was authentic to the way they remember growing up.

S
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There were 4 of us and we all loved our meals! I’d never heard of Gouda stuffed fried olives so we shared them... soooo good!!!! We will be back!!!

JK
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. One of our favs!

l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

I love this restaurant and Alessa, the food is excellent. The service is very disappointing. There’s annoyance from servers if you ask for more pesto dip or bread. We asked for a small plate of parmigiana cheese and were told they can’t leave it on the table (?). So the host waited for us to sprinkle some and took the rest. Service starts with big ‘Hello’ then just spirals down from there. It would be nice if they had servers that were more attentive and welcoming. Food is amazing so I might consider take out moving forward.

J
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Our food was very good, but the menu was somewhat unusual so it seemed somewhat limited in choice. The restaurant is smallish so tables are close together, which generates more noise.

A
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Unfortunately, we waited almost 45 minutes for our food to come out. Our waiter never even came to our table in that time to explain the back up in the kitchen or apologize - nothing. Very disappointed with the service and timeliness.

MR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Walking into Salerno by Chef Pirozzi felt like a disconnect from Southern California and a connect to Italy. The people inside are enjoying themselves a lot and the food is absolutely amazing. It was the perfect way to end the evening.

j
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

We have dined at the restaurant numerous times, but this time we brought friends with us and the experience was such that we cannot envision returning. Service was very slow and generally poor and the waiter simply rude. The manager when we ultimately complained was similarly rude and hostile. While the entrees were very good as usual that could not make up for the overall experience. We apologized to our friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Service: It was slow and employees seemed unhappy. Could be their hot and cramped work area? Open Table reservation did not make it to their reservation list but they sat us anyway. Had this been a busy night we would have been in trouble.

Food: Salad was fresh, could have used more shaved parm and a little less dressing. Dressing was a little on bland side but we still enjoyed it. The Black Taglerini was excellent and loaded with fresh clams. Very hard to find squid ink pasta, initially why we stopped by. The portion size is big, a little too big for me. To each his own. The Spaghetti Verde was excellent as well. The fresh arugula pasta was brilliant. Wine selection is very good too. We will return to try other items.

Ambiance: The space is “cozy” so you bump into each other from time to time. There is a “homey” Italian feel.It’s also noisy, if you don’t hear well you might not be happy. For those of us with good hearing, remember the folks next to you can hear your conversation. 🙃

J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience1

The restaurant was closed . We made our reservation , drove to the restaurant and it was closed . I called the restaurant and it’s voice mail had their hours and it says they were to be open !

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

I went with my husband for a date night. The server was really sweet but she admittedly said she was unfamiliar with the location considering she normally works at their other restaurant. So the two times we have been we have had to wait a fair amount to even talk to a waiter let alone get our order in. This is not ideal. And it’s a super tiny space rather loud and on top of each other (think NYC) If that’s not a deterrent then it’s definitely worth a try. The pasta special was the best - lobster ravioli! Otherwise the food is pretty good. Decent but not worth the price in my opinion.

KJ
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian food in Laguna Beach! Newport Beach native, now living in Vegas.

CR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Food was bland and boring. Service was non attentive and dismissive. Went to Aleysa recently and poor service there as well. Very disappointing and will not return.

MD
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This neighborhood gem has very good food. I had the caprese salad and delicious Eggplant Parmesan. The service was very good and I recommend Salerno.

B
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience5

This place used to be good- i knew something changed when round plates came instead of rectangular ones- i asked the waiter, who was so so, is there a new chef? The presentation is different. So was the sauce and the food- would not go back

t
San Antonio
20 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Not enough wait staff. They all work hard but they were not ready for the crowd. No air conditioning. It was it hot inside.

M
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food , we were a group of 8 , the service was superb as was the food . Totally a fun experience was had by all

OT
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience1

First of all there is no air conditioning or fans in the place. So it makes it very hot and uncomfortable to eat there. I ordered the Cioppino and on the menu it said that shrimp, fish, and calamari were in it. When I got it there was 75 percent clams (of which I don't eat) and very little of anything else. I would not have ordered it if it said clams. (they don't agree with me). I asked the waiter to please switch out the clams with something else, he was very rude and said "that's seafood and we cannot replace it, you will have to pay more money". So much for customer satisfaction. Terrible business ethics.

R
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. The restaurant is small and very popular so seating is a bit tight... enjoyed the evening.

MK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Some food items that we wanted on menu, they were out of.
Otherwise, very good.

DS
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Seemed a bit down in all respects from my visit last year. Had to ask for bread, water and candle to be lit. Then, every dish came out before the prior one was finished. Felt rushed. Pasta, 50/50 was good. Chicken Parmesan very good, but needed a bit more sauce as it was dry. The spinach was not good- garlic was burned. Never serve a dish with burned garlic, that is not Italian
Everything was served hot.

RM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The homemade pasta is heavenly! You must try the butternut squash with fried sage leaves and brown butter sauce...delicious! The staff was very attentive on such a busy Friday night. We will be back!

P
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious!

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