Sept. 29, 2011
-- As we usher in a new season, so too is Nello Cucina with its autumn selections. The critically acclaimed Italian trattoria at South Coast Plaza’s Crystal Court in Costa Mesa is debuting a menu that features familiar fall ingredients and, overall, more robust items, announced Managing Partner Franco Vessia. With the exception of 2 entrée selections, items on the fall menu are under $15 each.
Among them are the Rotelle di Pasta, rolled pasta, prosciutto, béchamel, and mozzarella baked and topped in a tomato vodka cream sauce for $14.95; Polpettine di Carne, a hearty Italian-style meatball sandwich topped with melted mozzarella for $10.95; the PLT featuring roasted turkey, crispy pancetta, Romaine lettuce, roasted tomato and Italian parsley aioli for $10.95; and Insalata di Pollo Autunnale, a salad with grilled chicken breast, curly endive, beets, apples, roasted walnuts, yogurt Gorgonzola dressing for $10.25.
“Fall is one of my favorites times of the year with root vegetables and bold ingredients being used more and comfort foods taking stage front and center,” said Vessia. “Our autumn menu features a vast number of choices with something for everyone whether they opt for more hearty options like our pork chop or our braised boneless beef short ribs over grilled polenta.”
Nello Cucina is a classic trattoria offering a wide variety of traditional Italian fare. Pasta is made fresh on the premises daily using top-quality ingredients;
fresh fish, chicken, veal and beef entrees are made with precision by a dedicated culinary team; authentic, thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas -- considered some of the best in Orange County -- come out of the restaurant's wood-burning oven; and a dizzying array of desserts top off the varied menu. A full bar and extensive wine list of reasonably priced varietals is available. Open daily for lunch and dinner the 110-seat restaurant boasts al fresco dining and indoor, open seat dining. Nello Cucina is located at 3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa. Call (714) 540-3365 or visit www.nellocucina.com.