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Il Barone Ristorante

4251 Martingale Wy. (Dove St.) Send to Phone
949-955-2755 | Menu
Longtime Antonello chef Franco Barone's first restaurant with wife Donatella is a delightful destination for Italian cuisine.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.
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  • Dress code: Business casual

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  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 3 reviews
Dining room at Il Barone Ristorante, Newport Beach, CA

Il Barone Ristorante Restaurant Review

: Located near the John Wayne Airport in a generic-looking industrial complex, Il Barone Ristorante is well worth the trip to this less-frequented pocket of Newport Beach. Don’t be bothered by the stark exterior, as you are quickly led by your hostess Donatella Barone into a sophisticated yet simple main dining room. Among the dark woods and modern artwork, business types, lunching ladies, couples and groups nosh on chef Franco Barone’s Italian favorites. The longtime chef at South Coast Plaza’s Antonello Ristorante, Barone has bloomed in his own place. While gourmet panini and pizzas show up on the lunch menu, opt for homemade pastas like the lasagna al forno layered with three cheeses and a veal and beef ragù. For a crowd, don’t miss starting with the paper-thin Sicilian facci ri veccia pizza, which is filled with creamy crescenza cheese, topped with prosciutto di Parma and drizzled with truffle-infused oil. The grilled octopus salad is another good palate-opening course, with its diced potatoes, cherry tomatoes, micro greens and lemon vinaigrette. Secondis of Italian comfort food include dishes from Milanese-style boneless chicken breast to a classic veal dish with sautéed mushrooms in a Marsala reduction. For dessert, order the light tiramisu al limoncello with vanilla mascarpone and white chocolate shavings. Both the lunch and dinner menus can accommodate discerning vegetarians and no-carb diets.

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