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Greer's OC: Support Amigos at Plaza

August 26, 2010|By Greer Wylder

5 Points Plaza shopping center in Huntington Beach is supporting the Amigos de Bolsa Chica, and you can find out more about the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and enter to win a $250 Five Points Plaza gift card at a booth Saturday.

Shop from the Amigos merchandise table and learn about birds and recycling with hands-on activities. 5 Points Plaza merchants and restaurants include Vans, Old Navy, Gap, Loehmann's, Trader Joe's, New York's Upper Crust Pizza and Hashigo Sushi.

The center is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 18593 Main St. in Huntington Beach. For more information, call (714) 841-0036 or visit http://www.5pointsplaza.com.

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Rave review for Pizzeria Ortica

You know something tastes good, if not great, when the not-easily-wooed Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila lovingly gives it a green light — especially in Orange County.

Well, she was smitten with the dishes at Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa. She even said, "For one thing, the menu includes pasta, some of the best in Southern California, plus a fine antipasti and salad menu, and a handful of well-conceived main courses." Some of the best in SoCal — wow, that's saying a lot.

You can dine and bring the whole family to David Myers' fabulous Pizzeria Ortica for Family Style Mondays; $50 feeds three to four people. The special menu features choice of two salads, tricolore with treviso, arugula, endive, apples, Gorgonzola and candied walnuts, or L'Italo Americana with radicchio, romaine, endive, grilled zucchini, spicy salame, provolone, pickled peperoncini, red onion and cherry tomatoes. There is a choice of two fresh pastas: ravioli di burrata al pomodoro, a burrata-filled ravioli with fresh tomato and basil; or tagliatelle Bolognese, a hand-cut spinach pasta with traditional meat sauce and Parmigiano Reggiano.

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