Committed to the stringent guidelines of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, Settebello opens its eighth location, this one in elegant new digs at Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Coast. Olive trees in the center of the indoor-outdoor space lend a garden feel; glass atriums cover the airy dining room and bar. Guests can watch the pies blistering in the pizza oven imported from Italy—as are the ingredients. Pies include classics such as the margherita and the more inventive vico with sausage, roasted fennel, red onions, mascarpone, mozzarella, basil, and extra-virgin olive oil. Start with fried polenta bites or duck-confit crostini; desserts include a fluffy lemon-cream torta della Nonna and the Nutella-filled, deep-fried, pizza-dough bombolini. A lounge area near the bar screens classic black-and-white Italian films on the wall, a perfect place to enjoy cocktails with locally inspired names, such as Marine Layer.
7864 E. Coast Highway, 949-715-2072, settebello.net