Huntington Beach now has its very own Cucina Alessa. Chef/owner Alessandro Pirozzi opened the first of these home-style Italian restaurants in Newport Beach two years ago to very good reviews. The incredibly energetic Pirozzi now works 18-hour days, riding his motorcycle back and forth between the two establishments, cooking and supervising, while still finding the time to "work the room," schmooze and charm his patrons. His caring, warm and easygoing attitude sets the tone for all of his staff, making the dining experience an extremely pleasurable one.
Open for about a year, this casual Huntington Beach ristorante is attractively furnished with dark wood tables and chairs, light mustard walls and floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides, which look out onto busy Main Street. Outdoor tables line the sidewalk. There is also a bar area in the center of the room where you can sip and dine.
We were instantly put at ease by the attentive and vivacious Bettina who seemed attuned to our every want. She was full of suggestions and recommendations. There are always lots of specials and sauces can easily be substituted, while whole wheat and gluten-free pastas are also available.