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September 2008 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS


Openings

Canaletto Ristorante Veneto is opening on November 17. Located in the former Tutto Mare space at Fashion Island, Canaletto is a Venetian-inspired Italian restaurant. Chef Maurizio Mazzon oversees the kitchens of this Il Fornaio-owned eatery, which has a sister restaurant at The Venetian resort in Las Vegas. Canaletto offers both lunch and dinner, emphasizing fresh seafood, risottos, seasonal antipasti, salads and soups, as well as rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game. The interior features a bar, main dining room, two al fresco piazzas and two private rooms with vaulted ceilings, Venetian glass fixtures, artisan millwork, terrazzo and mosaic floors. Canaletto Ristorante Veneto, Fashion Island, 545 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-640-0900.
 

News Bytes

Five-Course Lunch Box for $15.50
Chef Azmin Ghahreman of Sapphire Laguna is offering a bento-style lunch box for $15.50. Artfully presented, the five-course lunch features home-fried potato chips with sage-rosemary sea salt, sautéed jumbo shrimp, a barbecue pulled pork slider, Southern-fried chicken salad and sesame-crusted ahi. Sapphire Laguna, Old Pottery Place, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-715-9888.
 
Surf ā€˜nā€™ Turf Dinner for Two for $99
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a $99 Filet Mignon & Lobster Dinner for Two through September 30. The dinner includes two six-ounce filets, two Australian lobster tails, two chopped wedge salads, Fleming's potatoes, sugar snap peas and two chocolate mousse with hazelnut bark desserts. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Fashion Island, 455 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-720-9633.
 


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Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Orange County to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. Aqua, R.I.P.

Fury Rok & Rol Sushi Lounge in Newport Beach has closed. Fury Rok & Rol Sushi Lounge, 4221 Dolphin Striker Way, Newport Beach, CA 92660, no phone.
 
The Mor Project has closed and then reopened its contemporary spot, Blanca, a couple of times over the past few weeks. After closing its Irezumi restaurant in South Coast Metro, The Mor Project was faced with foreclosure. When noted chef Nick Weber flew the coop back to a Patina Group restaurant in Downtown Disney, The Mor Project reopened the restaurant's crudo lounge with its Irezumi concept and Blanca's main dining room is now operating as a Mexican-themed restaurant. Blanca, Lido Center, 3420 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, CA 92663, no phone.
 
Rick's Partners Bistro has closed after many years as a staple in downtown Laguna for chef Rick's classic yet contemporary California cuisine. Chef Marc Cohen and his partners (230 Forest, Opah) have leased the space with no word yet on the new concept. Rick's Partners Bistro, Peppertree Lane Bldg., 448 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, no phone.
 

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