Ristorante Rumari is a family restaurant featuring Southern-style Italian cuisine. We haven't been back to this Laguna Beach eatery in six years, and were looking forward to revisiting it to see if the food was as good as we remembered — and to try some new dishes we hadn't had before.
The owners, Bina and Antonio Crivello, came to California in 1972 with their four sons, leaving behind their restaurant in Porticello, Italy. Mama Bina taught son Vincent and his brothers how to cook so she could stay at home and watch soap operas.
The brothers followed in their parents' footsteps and eventually opened restaurants of their own, including Vincent's Rumari in Laguna Beach. Their father, Poppa Antonio, is a baker who is responsible for making the wonderful foccacia bread each day. It's the kind you find in Italy, with a thin and crispy crust.
This restaurant is a favorite with the locals as well as tourists. Its location on Pacific Coast Highway, away from the center of town, means you can find parking and avoid the crowds. There is a small parking lot behind the restaurant as well.