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Il Barone Ristorante

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

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

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Il Barone Ristorante, Newport Beach, CA

Il Barone Ristorante Restaurant Review

: Located near 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 salads, soups 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 simply prepared yet flavorful pizza topped with imported burrata, prosciutto and arugula. 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 Jidori chicken Marsala with shallots and assorted mushrooms to a classic Milanese-style veal chop. 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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