Angelina’s Pizzeria is Cooking Authentic Italian Fare
Written By: Elena Khury and Chelsea Raineri
Photographed By: Krizia Loechle Angelina’s Pizzeria
Welcome to Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana, where you will be served authentic, fresh ingredients in a tasteful, fun atmosphere. From the moment you enter Angelina’s, you are greeted by the modern, sophisticated décor, hip, Euro lounge house music, and the smell of fresh Italian flavors that fill the restaurant. Music energizes your soul as food energizes your palate. Put the two together and you have a duo that’s synchrony!
As you dine inside Angelina’s, you are surrounded by beautiful marble flooring, two huge wood burning ovens, a wall filled with lit bottles of wine and comfy upholstered seating. This pizzeria’s tall windows, glass doors and high ceilings set the mood for the perfect dining experience. With two locations, Dana Point and Irvine, the menu speaks for itself. The restaurant is known for its pizza, and with their authentic techniques and traditional recipes, it’s not hard to see why.
At Angelina’s Pizzeria, “Traditions carry on because they come from the soul,” and the traditions that are in place at this restaurant allow for diners to enjoy incredible, mouth-watering pizza. Combining the simplicity of Verace Pizza Napoletana, or “True Neopolitan Pizza,” with the freshest and highest quality ingredients, guests will have a unique dining experience that is truly reminiscent of the tastes of Italy.
At Angelina’s, the pizza process begins each morning as the chefs carefully hand make the dough in-house, as they knead and stretch it in the only way true Italians know how. Next comes the sauce and ooey gooey cheese—imported San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella from a cheesemonger in Napoli that follow stringent standards. The Monarch Bay, a pizza that comes highly recommended, is found under the white pizza menu. It comes with smoked Mozzarella di Bufala cheese that’s melted from crust to crust. It’s then topped with mushrooms, Gaeta olives (with pits), eggplant, Napoletana-style salame, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil. The pizza is then cooked very quickly in the incredibly hot 900-degree wood burning ovens, creating a crust like you’ve never had before and cheese that’s melted to perfection.
If you’re enjoying a night in, but are craving a bite of the Monarch Bay, you can get Angelina’s Pizzeria delivered right to your door! Just download one of their delivery partner’s apps like Uber EATS or DoorDash, and you’ll be able to enjoy the taste of Italy from the comforts of your own home.
Antonio Bevacqua, COO of Angelina’s, says that if it’s your first time dining here, order up the Octopus Salad and Pizza Diavola, and you won’t be disappointed. But, he says, there’s more tasty plates to come. “We have many new items on the horizon,” Bevacqua says. “Several specials that we currently make such as Osso Buco, Saffron Risotto with scallops, lasagna prepared with Béchamel and much, much more.”
Additionally, Angelina’s recently launched their musical brand called “Angelina’s Sound” with which they hope to explore different sounds that will connect the customers to music and food as they enjoy their dining experience. Past performances have included the stylings of sax player ITAI in collaboration with DJ Shaun Velarde.
If you’re dining at their Irvine location, be sure to order their Happy Flights! With flights of red, white, rosé and red blend wine, you’ll be the happiest you’ve been all week. Feeling daring? Opt for the Blind Flight, also known as Oehl Flight, a blind tasting named after the artist who created the artwork in the restaurant. You can even add a bruschetta pairing for only $4 to any of the flights.
Angelina’s isn’t your average Italian restaurant, not only for their incredible fare, but also because of their perspective on how people should be treated. They believe that family is of the utmost importance, and not just the family you were born with. This ideology extends to friends, neighbors, coworkers and, you guessed it, guests of the restaurant. So when you dine at Angelina’s, you’re dining with family.
Monarch Bay Pizza Ingredients:
-Smoked Mozzarella di Bufala
-Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-Neapolitan Style Dough (Dough made according to the true Neapolitan tradition.)
Made in Italy: Angelina’s imports most of its ingredients and supplies directly from Italy, which includes flour, cheese, tomatoes, salami, risotto and also their silverware and pizza boxes!
Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana
Monarch Bay Plaza
32860 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
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