From the beloved pasta brand comes the Barilla Restaurant – and it’s just opened in Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza. Originally from New York, Barilla Restaurant is a fast-casual, quality Italian concept serving traditional favorites, like lasagna made with imported cheese. The South Coast Plaza restaurant will be the first location outside of New York.
The 2,600-square foot Orange County facility, with seating for 71, features an open kitchen and the same wholesome Mediterranean ingredients that Italians use and eat every day: pasta, grains, fruit, and vegetables.
Apart from pasta, the menu includes pizza, available with Barilla’s blend of wheat and whole grain dough, with a variety of toppings, including mozzarella, salame (pepperoni), Prosciutto di Parma, roasted yellow and red bell peppers, and Italian sausage. There are eight different salads, three for vegetarians and five integrating fish and/or meat and three different soups which Chef Alfonso changes to reflect seasonal ingredients. The panini – vegan, vegetarian and whole grain – include five made with focaccia and two piadina (Italian flatbread) featuring one with mozzarella, Prosciutto di Parma, tomatoes and arugula, and another with mozzarella, roasted chicken, Portobello mushrooms and mixed greens.
Rounding out Barilla’s menu is their delectable dessert offerings. Featuring Italian classics like Tiramisu (espresso soaked cookies, mascarpone cream and cocoa powder), caramel and fruit Pannacotta and Torta Del Giorno, the Dolci menu expertly mixes savory and sweet notes, rounding out the Barilla offerings to be tasted with an authentic Italian espresso.
3333 Bear St, Costa Mesa, CA
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