Best thing I ate: Different chef, same great cappellacci at Oliver’s Osteria

There’s a new chef in charge of the kitchen at Laguna Beach’s Oliver’s Osteria (well, sort of), and his cappellacci are as good as it gets.
Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 17, 2019
When I first wrote about Oliver’s Osteria last year, I wrote of a talented young chef, Ferdinando Bernardi, who had just arrived from Italy to work for restaurateur Erik De Marchi, who himself had emigrated from Italy to work as chef in Los...
The full article can be read on the Orange County Register website.

Related Articles

Review: Oliver’s Osteria in Laguna Beach is one of the best Italian restaurants to open in years

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • November 15, 2018
A catchy Italian pop song by Lucio Dalla cuts through the stillness at lunchtime at Oliver’s Osteria in Laguna Beach. The dining room is otherwise quiet, leaving me alone to contemplate the elegance of my cacio e pepe. It is the most stunning...

Top 5 Italian restaurants: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 8, 2020
Going out for an oversized bowl of New York-style spaghetti and meatballs and a bottle of Chianti will never grow old, but the Italian restaurant scene in Orange County has grown vastly more diverse than that in recent years. Bologna, Rome,...
Oliver's Osteria    Bello    Pizzeria Mozza    Ciao Pasta    Filomena's   

Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura Brings High Style to L.A. Dining

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • February 11, 2020
Branded in-store restaurants are more likely to be tourist traps than dining destinations–Tommy Bahama Cafe, anyone?–but leave it to Gucci to bring style and luxury to the genre. Opening on February 17, the Gucci Osteria da Mossimo Bottura, on the...

10 great Italian restaurants

Jonathan Gold • Los Angeles Times • November 21, 2014
Los Angeles has never been rich in the sort of red-sauce Italian restaurants so common on the other coast, but it has always been notable for the other kind: restaurants in which Italian cooking and the idea of fine dining were not incompatible....

Jonathan Gold looks over the 2018 World's 50 Best Restaurants list and names some notable omissions

Jonathan Gold • Los Angeles Times • June 21, 2018
If you’d been with me at Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, last spring, you would have tasted sardines that turned out to be mysteriously crisp fish sandwiches, an eel flanked by the things it might have swum past in the Po River, and an...