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April 19, 2002
Steve Virgen CORONA DEL MAR - Blake Dillion, pounds of pasta and a proverbial slap in the face, resulted in the Corona del Mar High boys track and field team's best performance of the season Thursday, when the Sea Kings blew out Pacific Coast League visitor Costa Mesa, 106-30. Dillion, a junior who also competes in cross country and soccer at CdM, held a pasta party at his house Wednesday night, inviting his track teammates with hopes of creating unity.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elizabeth Glazner | September 25, 2007
The lady who lived next door when I was very young was from Sicily, and her house was where I learned to love food. I’d stop in every afternoon for my after-school snack of crusty French bread dipped in Nonna’s simmering marinara sauce or ladled with canned Italian tomatoes and olive oil. My after-school activities were sorting bushels of artichokes at the long table in her garage, or picking ripe plums and apricots in her yard. When Nonna died a few years ago, hundreds of people who came to her funeral were treated to a recipe card that held Nonna’s Chicken Pastina.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | November 26, 2009
One of the reasons I don’t like chain restaurants is there is little flexibility when it comes to ordering. When I go out I enjoy trying items with different combinations or different side dishes, just to mix it up and get a more distinguished dining experience. I don’t want more, just equal amounts of a couple of side orders. If they have six or seven options, I might want two or three to try. This is especially true with sauces at Italian restaurants. I like deviating from the menu with a given sauce and maybe trying something they don’t put on the menu.
NEWS
April 20, 2003
Spring, it's my favorite season: daylight savings time, warm weather, dining al fresco. And the more time I spend outside, the less time I spend in the kitchen. But that darn family of mine, they still want to eat. Which means I am always looking for an easy meal to satisfy the tribe. Oh yeah, I'm still using the crock-pot, but sometimes I don't get organized enough to pull that off. The best back up? Pasta. Pasta has a lot going for it. You can buy it, forget you have it, keep it in the pantry for a long time and then let it bail you out when you have nothing else to fix for dinner.
NEWS
April 3, 2000
Noaki Schwartz "Oriundi" revolves around the ghosts of a passionate love story between two Italians who emigrate to Brazil. Together, they pour their energy into opening a pasta factory, which -- guided by their love -- is at first enormously successful. However, with the passing of time and changing of hands from one generation to the next, that feeling is somehow lost and becomes as stale as dried pasta. The story opens generations later with the Italian curmudgeon Pepe, played by Anthony Quinn, who has become bereft of any will to live.
NEWS
November 14, 2002
Mary A. Castillo Walking into Maggiano's Little Italy, it isn't the old Chicago vibe with the imposing bar or the red leather booths with tables covered in white and red checkered tablecloths that lures you. It's the smell of simmering sauces and freshly baked bread. On a rainy afternoon, my husband and I ventured forth to the restaurant in the lot of South Coast Plaza, forewarned by relatives and friends that we were about to see portions my New Mexican great grandmother would have been proud of. To the accompaniment of Sinatra's version of "Under My Skin," we began with a bread basket filled with crispy parmesan and herb toasts, as well as a crusty bread spongy enough to soak up the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 25, 2010
Walking into Canaletto, we were reminded of an Italian brasserie in Venice. Once inside this large Fashion Island restaurant, you actually feel you’re about to mangiare mangiare in Italia. The white marble counter tops, the rich brown woods, the barrel-vaulted ceiling and white napery feel authentic. The menu also has a genuine ring to it, perhaps because Executive Chef Maurizio Mazzon was born and trained in Venice. The vast room is divided into the bar, dining rooms, outdoor eating areas and the salumeria, which is a small bar where you can eat while watching the chef serve up freshly sliced cured meats.
NEWS
March 30, 2002
They came from Shreveport, La. to Newport Beach, Peggy and Aaron Selber Jr. whisked into town last week to spend a bit of quality time with daughter Pam Weston and her husband Mark Weston of Newport Beach. This in and of itself is not so unusual. However, Peggy and Aaron wanted to meet Pam and Mark's friends, so they took over the top floor of Andy Crean's Villa Nova Restaurant and told their children to send out invitations. The Selbers, prominent Louisiana merchants, make a habit of getting to know their grown children's pals.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 26, 2013
In a nondescript strip mall on 17th Street in Costa Mesa, located next to a Chixy Natural and a Bomburger, along with several other chain restaurants, is a very good family-owned Mediterranean-Italian bistro called Café Tria. Large windows overlook romantic Irvine Avenue, while lights from CVS glimmer across the road. No, it's not a place to show off to your rich relatives from out of town, but we think you'll be impressed by the tasty food and the reasonable prices. The décor is simple: black leather booths, marble tile floors and photos of Italy on the walls.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 25, 2010
Walking into Canaletto, we were reminded of an Italian brasserie in Venice. Once inside this large Fashion Island restaurant, you actually feel you’re about to mangiare mangiare in Italia. The white marble counter tops, the rich brown woods, the barrel-vaulted ceiling and white napery feel authentic. The menu also has a genuine ring to it, perhaps because Executive Chef Maurizio Mazzon was born and trained in Venice. The vast room is divided into the bar, dining rooms, outdoor eating areas and the salumeria, which is a small bar where you can eat while watching the chef serve up freshly sliced cured meats.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | December 31, 2009
There is one table at Amelia?s Seafood and Italian Restaurant on Balboa Island that, depending on your point of view, is either the most coveted or the most intrusive. I would like to hope that the majority of people think of it as the most coveted. I certainly fall into that category, and was quite pleased when my guest and I were able to secure it on a recent visit. The only way I could see someone believing it?s intrusive is because it is in front of the restaurant, and there is a good amount of foot traffic and peering in to see what you are eating or drinking.
BUSINESS
By Candice Baker | December 5, 2009
A beloved neighborhood restaurant will reopen today after being closed for a year and a half. Pasta Connection has set up shop across the street from its former location on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa; its new address is 1969 Harbor Blvd. The longstanding restaurant’s staff, dishes and owners will all return, and pizza has been added to the Italian/Argentinian menu. The restaurant will have its grand opening from 5 to 10 p.m., with free tastings of its new pizza options.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | April 27, 2008
Cindy Brenneman thought of Pasta Connection as the restaurant where everyone knew her name — especially since, when she phoned in an order, she rarely had to give her name at all. “I would ask for No. 11 and they would say, ‘Do you want artichoke hearts with that, Cindy?’” said the Mesa Verde resident, who dined at the restaurant almost every week for a decade. “Just from the way I ordered things, they knew who I was. And I’m not anybody special.
SPORTS
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | October 25, 2007
Ann Arbor, Michigan is a quirky, fun city notable for any number of reasons. The college town that boasts the University of Michigan is home to various museums and performing arts groups, Michigan Stadium — the largest football stadium in the world, and the first Borders bookstore. Wolverines students have put Ann Arbor on the map with their annual Naked Mile run celebrating the end of classes, although it’s a tradition that’s faced a crackdown in recent years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elizabeth Glazner | September 25, 2007
The lady who lived next door when I was very young was from Sicily, and her house was where I learned to love food. I’d stop in every afternoon for my after-school snack of crusty French bread dipped in Nonna’s simmering marinara sauce or ladled with canned Italian tomatoes and olive oil. My after-school activities were sorting bushels of artichokes at the long table in her garage, or picking ripe plums and apricots in her yard. When Nonna died a few years ago, hundreds of people who came to her funeral were treated to a recipe card that held Nonna’s Chicken Pastina.
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