Salerno by Chef Pirozzi

4.6
573 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Salerno by Chef Pirozzi serves authentic italian cuisine, owned and operated by Certified Italian Chef Alessandro Pirozzi. It's menu consists of freshly homemade pastas such as Fettucini Alfredo, Black Ink Spaghetti & Clams, and Mamma's Meatballs, as well as authentic piattis Veal Parmigiana and Chilean Seabass.



Salerno by Chef Pirozzi serves a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages to complement each meal. This includes a wide selection of beers, wines, and now proudly offering a full bar! It is open during the dinner hour daily except Monday.

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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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safaM
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing and authentic. staff was kind and courteous. a good local restaurant to go

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rayu
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was great - a bit of a problem with our reservation. We'll be back.

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WeCr
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety of menu items. Love the food! Cozy dining area.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

It started out amazing. Attentive and server came by multiple times. Then entrees came and then, barely any service. Check came out by original server without asking for dessert. When told to server we’d like dessert, two desserts ordered, one came out. Then check came back out by a different server, still waiting for second dessert, he went back in with check and another long wait. Third time check came back, with original server, no dessert and now we’re upset, so we cancel the dessert verbally of dessert that never was put in by the original server. It was Father’s Day and super upset that it was not a good first experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cat was a wonderful server! We went for a late birthday celebration and early Father’s Day, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We started with Zucca! and another appetizer, all the pastas and my salmon were fabulous. We thoroughly enjoyed the Oreo cookie gelato & chocolate soufflé, too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Food was good. Table was horrible. Tiny chairs and no space for our family of 5 seated right next to the kitchen. Super small space. Food was excellent, but maybe next time we do takeout

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MicheleH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We were sat pretty quickly and were given water within the first few minutes of arriving. Then we sat for 15 minutes until I finally got up and asked the hostess if someone could take our drink order. By the time we got our bottle of wine, we had been there 30 minutes! We finally got bread. Nice of them to finally drop off 3 pieces of bread at a table of 5.

When our food finally came, it was delicious. Getting dessert also took quite awhile. They need more servers. When I spend over $300 on a Thursday night with the family, I expect much better service. Not sure I’ll be back. Plenty of other restaurants in Laguna.

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vipMichael
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service was a little slow. Had reservations at 7:30 did n to get seated until 7:50.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salerno was fantastic. One of the best Italian restaurants we have ever been to. From the Zucca to the salsa verde to the main courses to the deserts, all were delicious. First time there and will definitely return

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JuanCarlos
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alessandro never disappoints, love their consistency on the food and service.

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LagunaBeachSandra
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had all types of eaters and everyone found something that they loved. When you sit down order the fried olives immediately!

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GoodUbu
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Red Wines are stored improperly and served at almost 70 degrees. Destroys expensive fine wines.

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RajuP
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Overall a great place for fresh Italian It is noisy for a conversation indoors. There is outdoor sitting next to sidewalk. Food was delicious but it took one hour to get the minestrone soup because kitchen had to make a new batch. The waiter didn’t communicate there would be a delay and I ended up eating my meal before my wife got any food. The pasta tasted fresh and they even have home made gluten-free pasta.

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Madeleine
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, friendly atmosphere, the lobster pasta and homemade soup were delicious!

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gmhmh
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful date night with my wife. Great service and the food was exceptional. Highly recommend Salerno's for dinner.

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vipGoodfood
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great go to local restaurant

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Kassandrea
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the lamb over pappardelle and it was fabulous! Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Our server was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the menu. She gave us some great recommendations. And the food was wonderful. Great meal from start to finish.

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DeboraN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my meal-a grilled salmon in pasta-so delicious with a beautiful presentation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a Master Chef.
Attention beyond given to Food Quality, Presentation, staffing & cleanliness
You are treated as if you are in Chef Pirozzi family.
Ambiance straight out of Florence or Tuscany.
Enjoy

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OrganicOCGirl
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and the food was incredible. They made our ladies night perfect. Already planning when we can go back.

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vipGood
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Brought my tweens for an early outdoor dinner and it was awesome!

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Sioux
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy neighborhood feeling. Dolce Gabbana Ravioli was delicious! Felt like we were returning to pre COVID time period.

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Foodie
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Pretty much everything went wrong for the Mother's day dinner.
We ordered Cioppino that was full of sand. Every bite, we were eating literary sand. So we politely sent it back. After that, our server started taking long time to serve our table. He seems to liking chat with customers (not so much with us tho.) After our meal, we probably wait more than 30 min to get our bill. We waited 15 min for him to pick up the tab with credit card, then we didn't want to waste anymore time so left cash. We did not want to leave tips more than a few bucks, but he got 15% because we didn't have exact to leave.

To be served at a restaurant, I do not expect extravaganza services but adequate. When a dish was prepared inappropriately and sent it back, then I expect to be served nothing else goes wrong. The restaurant is very small, and there was a few server that night. So he wasn't running to serve over assigned tables. I did not know why he has to take such a long time to do each step of our dining process.

Neither less to say, I will not return nor recommend the restaurant.

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viprick
New Mexico
35 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

biggest scammers in Laguna Beach Open Table gave 60.00 open table reservation to use my 5000 points restaurant got paid by them and us waitress very rude there are plenty of great Italian restaurants in Laguna Beach but not this one

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JohnR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is our go to in Laguna for real family Italian. Atmosphere and service never disappoints. Things were a little out of sync this night and had to wait for a table. Knowing from many past evenings that this is not normally the case, we were patient and enjoyed our anniversary dinner.

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CarenP
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love

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Martino
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was overpriced and mediocre, was alot better before new owner took over.

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mikhelen5
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal out in
a year with a fellow vaccines friend !

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vipBrand
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Small issue handled quickly and nicely by staff. Never had a bad experience here; one of our favorite spots.

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RomaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our waitress was super friendly and helpful (I’m indecisive)! Definitely would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was not good but food was better than average

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! Delicious food and excellent service.

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vipBethG
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as usual! This is a great restaurant with such outstanding service and yummy delicious food and desserts

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Chuck
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Pirozzi’s Salerno Ristorante is our favorite spot in Laguna Beach. We like Alessa too, but Salerno’s is our favorite. The food is always delicious and they have a nice reasonably priced selection of wine either by the glass or bottle. I love the 50/50 but the Lamb was amazing last Saturday. It’s all good and is as close as we can get to Italy at the moment. To top it off, our server, Larissa is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I was expecting a lot more flavor and authentic Italian food. The bread basket was too small of a portion for 5 people but, the olive oil for dipping was pretty good. We ordered calamari as an appetizer and there was a hair on a small piece so we just put it aside a gave it a try anyways. It had no flavor but, it was good quality calamari and a good portion amount. The food wasn’t too bad but basic for the price. The utensils and plates were worn out and didn’t look good on the table. The server and staff were pretty nice and attentive. Won’t be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super romantic and charming atmosphere! Incredible food, family style.

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vipSeriousfoodie
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and the chef was so personable. He made sure our evening was special.

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vipSunny
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was good except the waitress that I was expecting to have a nicer friendlier attitude she was fast cutting me off when I asked her questions couple of times and have some attitude. We went there for my husbands birthday on April 9th. We live locally and that makes be hesitate to go back there again for a special event like that.

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vipDianeL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with a beautiful presentation. So pleased they now have outdoor seating to enjoy the weather and people watch.

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Salerno by Chef Pirozzi is rated 4.6 stars by 573 OpenTable diners.

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