Antonello Ristorante, across from South Coast Plaza, has always distinguished itself as one of Orange County’s premier Italian dining destinations and top power lunch spots. But there’s a new Antonello that has done away with its Old World backdrop and is debuting the rebooted “Antonello 2.0”, in a new era marked by light-colored walls; distressed reclaimed wood accents; ledge-stone arches and walls; warm and flattering lighting; new carpeting; and reupholstered banquets and other seating to reflect the refreshed new look. Every table will feature hand-blown artisan glass candle holders custom made by Laguna Candles that carry chef owner Antonio Cagnolo’s initials.
Highly rated in the Zagat Guide for several years, Antonello Ristorante has earned a sterling reputation for having served local residents as well as luminaries the world over including presidents, foreign dignitaries, movie stars, entertainers, industrialists and other leaders. Co-Chefs Salvatore Ferrara and Gino Buonanoce work closely with Chef/Owner Cagnolo to develop daily specials and special prix fixe menus many paired with wines and other spirits. The menu items boast high flavor profiles, organic ingredients and light approach to preparing them.
Antonello Ristorante is located at 3800 Plaza Drive, at South Coast Plaza Village. Call (714) 751-7153 for reservations and visit www.antonello.com for more information.