Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Modo Mio Cucina Rustica

7946 E. Coast Hwy. Send to Phone
949-497-9770 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Simple and fresh Northern Italian fare made with no cream or butter except in the desserts.

Lunch & Dinner daily

* Click here for rating key

Modo Mio Cucina Rustica Restaurant Review

: Owner Gian Franco Bertolino has re-created Northern Italian specialties for his health-conscious Newport Coast neighbors by preparing this filling cuisine without butter or cream. Situated in the upscale Crystal Cove Promenade, Modo Mio Cucina Rustica has a warm, inviting family atmosphere. What sets this shopping center restaurant apart from others of its ilk is the quality of ingredients that go into the simple fare. This detail is fleshed out quite nicely in the abundant antipasti offerings. For mains, free-range chicken, beef and fresh seafood are the basis for everything. Pasta is made in-house. Some come here for the pappardelle with braised short rib or the gnocchi in tomato pesto. There’s also a good selection of beer and wines by the glass. The lunch menu is very similar to the dinner menu, save for the inclusion of a couple of panini. This venue has a sister location in Pacific Palisades.


Sign up to receive the 2019 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards. We honor America's best chefs, a top restaurateur and more.