Antonello Ristorante, situated across the street from South Coast Plaza, one of Southern California’s most venerable upscale Italian dining establishments, introducing its Millennium Menu available lunch and dinner Mondays – Thursdays. The 3-course lunches are just $20 and include an appetizer, handmade pasta, and dessert while the 4-course dinners at $40 include appetizer, pasta dish, main entree, and dessert. Chef/owner Antonio Cagnolo says the reduced priced set menu is designed to appeal to a wider audience including budding gastronomes among the millennial set.
“When we launched our Hello Kitty wine line, we saw a significant increase in the number of younger guests who were hungry for an elevated dining experience,” said Cagnolo, who said that Antonello is one of only a handful of restaurants to carry the popular line. “Though they enjoyed dining with us, many of them perceived Antonello as a special event dining destination. By developing the more affordable Millennium Menu, we hope to change that perception so Antonello becomes their ‘home away from home.’”
Highly rated in the Zagat Guide for several years, Antonello Ristorante has earned a sterling reputation for having served local residents as well as luminaries the world over including presidents, foreign dignitaries, movie stars, entertainers, industrialists, and other leaders. It recently underwent an extensive remodel to reflect a lighter, airier tone rather than its original Old World theme. Co-Chefs Gino Buonanoce and Salvatore Ferrara work closely with Chef/Owner Cagnolo to develop daily specials and special prix fixe menus many paired with wines and other spirits. Reflective of the new interior is a menu of much lighter fare boasting high flavor profiles and organic ingredients. Many of the Old World favorites are still on the menu. For more information, visit http://www.antonello.com/ or call 714.751.7153.