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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 21, 2014
When Caterina Serato heard that children at the Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim weren't being served dinner, she told her son to make them pasta. Huntington Beach resident Bruno Serato has continued to do so since the chef's concerned mother visited the club April 18, 2005. Last Friday, CNN was set to air a story on Bruno, who was awarded the CNN Hero's Award in 2011 for his work in Orange County, and his mission to feed underprivileged children around the United States. "I didn't want to stop, so I've done that every day since then," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 8, 2008
Luggatti?s Italian Grill is an old-fashioned red-sauce Italian restaurant without the checked tablecloths and the Chianti bottles dripping with candle wax, combined with the conviviality of a neighborhood hangout. This buzzy and crowded spot has a casual atmosphere with old brick walls, a fireplace and an exposed ceiling. The noise level is high because the place is always packed with people coming in for the old-world style, slow-cooked sauces and open-flame grilled specialties from the extensive menu.
NEWS
January 9, 2003
DINING OUT It is special restaurants such as Lino's Italian Cuisine, on Edwards Street next to Blockbuster Video, that make Surf City a destination out of season. Here, owner Nicolino "Nick" Radogna and his wife, Liz, have created the warmth of a family kitchen where 17 blue double-clothed tables fill the dining area and friendly conversation skips from table to table. Our server, Michelle Neal, is quick to bring a menu crowded with pasta preparations starting from the familiar spaghetti, (lunch $6.65, dinner $9.75)
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July 19, 2001
Mary Furr Huntington Beach is a cluster of many neighborhoods within the boundaries of a city -- each different and each exciting in its own way. One -- the Seagate Plaza at Bolsa Chica and Edinger -- has Giovanni's. It's a family owned restaurant with some great pastas and sauces from the kitchen of owners Naomi George and her late husband Floyd. They grew up together just seven houses apart in Iowa City, Iowa, eating from recipes they now serve at Giovanni's.
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February 8, 2001
o7 Baci f7 (Italian for kiss) may be your romantic choice for Valentine's Day. The eye-catching restaurant on Beach Boulevard between between Garfield Avenue and Ellis Street, Huntington Beach, was designed and painted by Franco Masci, an artist brought from Italy by owner/chef Angelo Juliano to re-create the streets of an Italian village. Inside, the illusion continues as you pass through arches to intimate dining areas -- ours hado7 Langolo degli innamoratief7 -- "lover's corner" scrolled on the wall.
NEWS
September 11, 2003
DINING OUT Toscany, the Italian cafe in the long strip mall between Beach Boulevard and Gothard Avenue, across from the old Huntington Beach Mall, has had a checkered past. Joseph Andrew is its most recent owner, but kitchen manager Jose Hernandez has been there for nine years. The most recent addition is Ryan Barnett, a cordon bleu-trained executive chef from Oregon. It is he who has made a big difference in creating a varied menu of pastas and pizza.
NEWS
November 14, 2002
DINING OUT Remember that little Italian deli you used to go to after school for a great submarine sandwich and a soft drink? It's not gone, it's only hiding in the 7-11 strip mall on the corner of Bushard Street and Garfield Avenue. It's called Pulcini's and it's owned by Huntington Beach residents Wayne and Kay Pulcini. It's a tiny, seven-table place where friendly owners know their customers' names and have pictures of all their cousins and nephews hanging on the wall along with ones of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 21, 2014
When Caterina Serato heard that children at the Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim weren't being served dinner, she told her son to make them pasta. Huntington Beach resident Bruno Serato has continued to do so since the chef's concerned mother visited the club April 18, 2005. Last Friday, CNN was set to air a story on Bruno, who was awarded the CNN Hero's Award in 2011 for his work in Orange County, and his mission to feed underprivileged children around the United States. "I didn't want to stop, so I've done that every day since then," he said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | September 19, 2013
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | June 15, 2011
Since our last visit to the Italian restaurant Romeo Cucina, it has had a touch up and so has the menu. The capacious room has a warm and inviting ambiance with its wood-burning oven as a focal point. The space is nicely lit and has an uncrowded feeling. A few booths have been added and the walls are painted a pleasant Etruscan red. There's a lively bar toward the rear and an eat-in-bar surrounding the glowing brick pizza oven. Diners may also enjoy eating on the small outdoor patio facing the street.
NEWS
By Greer Wylder | March 30, 2011
In response to the recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan, Marinello Schools of Beauty is holding a Japan Relief Cut-A-Thon in Huntington Beach through Saturday. The school will offer $5 haircuts; all proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan. Since 1905, Marinello Schools of Beauty has offered beauty education and affordable spa and salon services performed by student stylists under the supervision of licensed instructors. Marinello is at 19022 Brookhurst St. in Huntington Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 25, 2010
Walking into Canaletto, we were reminded of an Italian brasserie in Venice. Once inside this large Fashion Island restaurant, you actually feel you’re about to mangiare mangiare in Italia. The white marble counter tops, the rich brown woods, the barrel-vaulted ceiling and white napery feel authentic. The menu also has a genuine ring to it, perhaps because Executive Chef Maurizio Mazzon was born and trained in Venice. The vast room is divided into the bar, dining rooms, outdoor eating areas and the salumeria, which is a small bar where you can eat while watching the chef serve up freshly sliced cured meats.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | December 10, 2009
It is not often I am surprised when I eat out. I usually know what I am going to get. While there is comfort in knowledge, I do enjoy the occasional joy in being amazed at the food I am eating. Bella Roma managed to accomplish this. When I went with a guest recently, I was expecting another family-run Italian restaurant serving the same spaghetti and meat sauce and doughy pizza. But this restaurant blew me away. When I arrived at Bella Roma, I looked at the outside of the small restaurant and thought this was primarily a carryout place.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 8, 2008
Luggatti?s Italian Grill is an old-fashioned red-sauce Italian restaurant without the checked tablecloths and the Chianti bottles dripping with candle wax, combined with the conviviality of a neighborhood hangout. This buzzy and crowded spot has a casual atmosphere with old brick walls, a fireplace and an exposed ceiling. The noise level is high because the place is always packed with people coming in for the old-world style, slow-cooked sauces and open-flame grilled specialties from the extensive menu.
NEWS
July 14, 2005
John Volo Last week our brood of four rendezvoused with friends Tod and Cindy and their two boys for an early dinner of Italian specialties at Mangia Mangia restaurant. Cindy steered us to Mangia Mangia while Tod requested the early start time (perhaps he wanted to ensure arriving home in time for the finale of "Dancing with the Stars"). Once seated in the nondescript dining room, I fixated on the wall-mounted plasma television that was showing a tour video of Italy.
NEWS
January 8, 2004
Mary Furr It's a frosty post-holiday day and the place we head for is the Westbay Cafe, which welcomes us with the busy comfort of home -- just to sit and collect ourselves is a pleasure here. Opened in 1996 by the Buettner brothers -- John, Scott, Brad and Jay -- it was a location they often talked about with their dad, Bud, as the perfect spot for a cafe. There's a big, color photo of the whole family on one wall of the bright and busy cafe with its pitched ceiling, beams and wraparound windows.
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