My son and I were in Laguna Beach and decided to visit Alessa's for dinner. It was a warm Tuesday evening and the restaurant was busy but not full. We decided to sit inside. Our waiter - Marco - was quintessential Italian (from Northern Italy) and he recommended the 3 meat appetizer. He recommended: Speck, 14 month old Parma Prosciutto, and wild Boar salami. We both sampled all three and found each to be delightful. If pressed I would have chosen the salami as the best of the bunch. Accompanying the appetizer was amazing Italian bread which is made in house. It was absolutely terrific.
For dinner my son ordered the Linguine Clams and I ordered the Orecchiette. It was delicious. The pasta was perfectly cooked and the sausage was very tasty. My son devoured the linguine and clams. For dessert we split a salted caramel gelato. It was excellent.
Marco was an excellent waiter. He answered our questions with explanation about what was in the dish and how it was cooked. He was delightful and attentive and made the our dinner together very enjoyable.
Highly recommended if you are in the mood for excellent and authentic Italian !
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