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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Prego Ristorante

18420 Von Karman Ave. (Michelson Dr.) Send to Phone
949-553-1333
Italy-born chef Ugo Allesina brings the flavors of the Old Country into this Irvine business district eatery.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Prego Ristorante Restaurant Review

: Although Prego is located in Irvine’s business district at the bottom of the all-glass Irvine Towers, it is definitely worth a visit. In contrast to the modern building, the restaurant looks like a tiny Tuscan villa from the outside. Inside, the open kitchen --- complete with huge wood-burning pizza ovens --- is one attraction in this sparse but comfortable old-world environment. Executive chef Ugo Allesina, who was born and raised in Tuscany, has created a menu that showcases his dedication and passion for connecting with his native country through his cuisine. Italy’s best culinary hits are on the menu and the preparations are authentic. Start with a classic like carpaccio or black mussels and Manila clams in a spicy white wine lemon broth, or try a salad of baby spinach, green lentils, leeks, crispy prosciutto, Parmesan and mustard vinaigrette. Napoli-style thin-crust pizzas come with such toppings as mozzarella, basil, oregano, Italian sausage, smoked ham and sun-dried tomatoes. Pasta dishes arrive in big flat bowls full of ingredients --- think Italian sausage, mushrooms and ricotta --- and a variety of sauces are available, from tomato and pesto thyme to lobster cream. Chef Allesina also cooks up entrées of mesquite-grilled chicken breast, veal scaloppine, sautéed pork loin or a rib-eye steak with white beans. At meal’s end, consider a tiramisu or lemon tart.

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Prego-Irvine
by alty48 on Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:29 pm
 
Last night my wife and I had our 38th wedding anniversary dinner at Prego-Irvine. For our first course I had Tonno Bellavista and my wife had Funghi Trifolati. So far so good.

Next we had Linguine Aragosta and Risotto with truffles. From our point of view the truffles were waved over the dish before it was served. The risotto was hard as nails and we sent it back. When our waiter came by our table to check up on us, by the scowl on his face I had to asked him if her were stressing out for some reason.

For our main course my wife had Bauletto di Pollo and I had the Grigliata di Pesce. My wife's chicken was rolled up and stuffed with over cooked spinach. The chicken itself was overcooked drying it out and rendering it shoe leather like. My grilled fish had a vinegar reduction poured over it. The vinegar reduction was so sour in made the fish inedible. We also sent those plates back. At that point we decided against dessert and payed our bill leaving exceptionally disappointed. :(
 
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