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“Authentic”
Review of Il Dolce

Il Dolce
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Ranked #140 of 509 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
Price range: US$15 - US$50
Cuisines: Italian, Bar
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Winner of the Golden Foodie Awards for Best Pizza in Orange County California 2012 and 2014, main cross streets is Harbor Blvd. And 19th, right on the corner. We serve Cocktails. MONDAY CLOSED
Carlsbad, CA
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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“Authentic”
Reviewed 5 November 2012

This is a gem of restaurant if you are looking for authentic Italian cuisine that is personally prepared for each guest by chef, Roberto Bigne. This is a small place located on the corner of 19th and Harbor Blvd. in a strip mall. The food coming from Roberto's kitchen rivals or exceeds some of the well reviewed Los Angeles restaurants featured in the LA Times that we have had meals at. The daily specials are inspired with some items I had not seen before such as Spaghetti Bottarga Di Muggi, a dish of Sardinia, dried fish roe shaved over black pasta and lightly dressed. The flavors were delicate and the plate was visually pleasing. We always order at least one pizza when we are there with the Napoletana being one of our favorites (do not look for cheese on this one.) The food items come from the kitchen as they are prepared so they may not all arrive at one time, but that is just another indication of the quality of the food that you have odered. The desserts are also made in house.
This is not a fast food pizza place, but it is a restaurant to have good food prepared with care, precision and pride by a chef that knows food. You will not be disappointed.

  • Visited October 2012
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Roberto B, Owner at Il Dolce, responded to this review, 7 November 2012
Thank You Very Much for your nice review we appreciate that.
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Naples style pizza!”
Reviewed 31 October 2012 via mobile

First off, it's important to understand that this restaurant is very similar to home style pizza places in Naples, in terms of food and service. The pizza rivals those of Naples, but if you are looking for a BBQ chicken pizza or one with pineapple, this is not the place for you. These are true Italian pizzas. The napolitano pizza was perfect. Thin crust, anchovies, light sauce and no cheese. Great panzanella too with the capers bringing out additional flavor!

Take a chance to talk to the chef and his wife, the owners of the restaurant, and you'll learn which dishes they recommend for the day and for anytime. Plus, the desserts are homemade; find out what she recommends. We've never been let down. Plus, when talking to them, you'll probably learn a little history on their restaurant and cooking (worth taking a look at the many reviews on the walls to get some background).

Highly recommend it, especially if you are looking for a true Italian pizza (and it recently won an award that beat out Pizzeria Mozza, to show how good it is not just in my view, but many people's). This is a great wood fired pizza that beats out all the places we've tried in Southern California and even many of those in Italy.

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Roberto B, Owner at Il Dolce, responded to this review, 7 November 2012
Thank You for you nice review.
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Costa Mesa, California
1 review
“Won Best Pizza in OC”
Reviewed 1 October 2012

News Flash!
II Dolce won the Golden Foodies Award for best Pizza of Orange County last night.
Congratulations to Roberto, Fernada & all the staff.
Need I say more. Try it.

  • Visited October 2012
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Roberto B, Owner at Il Dolce, responded to this review, 10 November 2012
Thank You so much for your review. we appreciate that.
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“Best pizza ever..!!”
Reviewed 24 August 2012

Little new restuarant in town but has the most delicious food I've ever had and I mean seriously you got to try it...!!! Fair price and friendly people and lots of good wine and beer..

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Roberto B, Owner at Il Dolce, responded to this review, 26 August 2012
Thank You very much for your review, and we are very satisfied that you have enjoyed, and we hope see you soon.
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