FACES of Orange County 2018


The Face of Fine Italian Dining

It’s been over a decade since Chef Alessandro Pirozzi opened his first restaurant in Orange County. Combining his charming personality and time-honored family recipes, Pirozzi created an authentic taste of Italy nestled right on Pacific Coast Highway.

Born in Naples, Italy, Pirozzi learned his way around the kitchen from his beloved grandmother, Nonna Ida. He fell in love with the different aromas, flavors and learning the traditional techniques of preparing fresh homemade pasta. It was there that he learned many secret family recipes and began his journey. Pirozzi’s passion for food prompted him to learn the cuisine from every region in Italy. His Uncle Ugo D’Orso, a professor at the culinary academy of Napoli, helped Pirozzi further hone his skill and craft. He discovered regional secrets to impeccable pizza; mastered meat preparation, including the perfect veal saltimbocca and became versed in many different sauces. His passion coupled with his formal training allowed Alessandro Pirozzi to evolve into the great Certified Italian Chef he has become.

Today, this award-winning chef oversees not one but three amazing dining destinations: Pirozzi Corona Del Mar, Alessa by Chef Pirozzi in Laguna Beach and his most recent child, Salerno by Chef Pirozzi. Boasting an artisanal wood-burning oven imported from Naples, Italy used to cook pizza, Pirozzi Corona Del Mar is the only restaurant in Newport Beach certified authentic by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. Furthermore, his menus feature both classic Italian dishes like Rosemary-Infused Pappardelle and original creations like Alessandro’s homemade Limoncello-Infused Radiatori Pasta.

The culinary journey that began in Southern Italy brought Alessandro to Southern California where today he lovingly shares his family recipes and unique creations to great acclaim, showcasing both Pirozzi’s respect for tradition and pursuit towards delicious innovation. The Chef of the Year (Riviera Magazine) invites you to visit any of his fine Italian dining destinations for dining, drinks and delightful memories.

Salerno by Chef Pirozzi | 220 Beach Street, Laguna Beach | salernolb.com
Alessa by Chef Pirozzi | 234 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach | alessalaguna.com
Pirozzi Corona del Mar | 2929 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar | pirozzicdm.com

Photography by Jason Wallis Photography