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March 29, 2000
Bearing toys and plenty of pizza, teens from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach returned Saturday to the hills above Tijuana, one year after the home there for abandoned children nearly closed for lack of food. The volunteers shared much-needed playtime with the 60 kids, most left behind by prostitute and drug-addicted mothers. The church group accidentally discovered the orphanage last December, and has since raised money and lent manpower to keep El Centro Cristiano alive.
September 21, 2006
Last year, more than 50 Estancia High School students passed the Advanced Placement tests in Spanish and French. On Wednesday, the school honored them with a pizza luncheon in the foreign language wing, with Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard, school board President David Brooks and other administrators present. In all, about 85% of Estancia students who took Advanced Placement tests last year were successful, said teacher Christine Payne. During the luncheon, a number of administrators made short comments, including newly hired Asst.
March 4, 2005
Greer Wylder When Al Amiri, 30, took over his brother's pizza shop in Costa Mesa 10 years ago, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. "At 21, I had the choice to continue with college, or try to make this work," Amiri said, referring to his namesake business, Al's New York Cafe. "I honestly don't think I could have learned more about running a business if I did finish college." By the age of 13, Amiri knew he was destined to cook. He grew up in Irvine and, as a self-described latchkey kid; he was always messing around in the kitchen.
July 19, 2007
It is my firm belief that every neighborhood should have a pizza place. In La Crescenta where I grew up, we had one called Dominick's. It was one of the town's most popular restaurants; on Friday and Saturday nights the place was packed with families celebrating pay day. It seems wherever I have lived, a restaurant like Dominick's was nearby. They seem immune to takeover by chain restaurants that don't have the charm of these little places. Costa Mesa residents have one of the best.
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.
December 29, 2002
As kids, we all loved pizza. What's there not to love? There's cheese pizza, meat pizza, vegetable pizza, etc. The possibilities are endless. Chocolate pizza? You betcha. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that an intelligent Adams Elementary fifth-grader would go out of his way to ensure that he and his classmates could continue to buy and eat pizza once a week at school. It seems Aaron Ludlow's school stopped serving the delicious meal weekly and instead began offering it every other week.
December 21, 2002
Deirdre Newman In his wildest dreams, 11-year-old Aaron Ludlow never expected it would come to this. Free pizza for his entire school. Chuck E. Cheese prancing around on stage in the multipurpose room surrounded by dancing girls. And a potential invitation to appear on "The Tonight Show." All because he took a stand and followed the correct channels in expressing his beef -- well, more like his pepperoni -- to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
December 29, 2009
Submitted by Dan Pittman A girlfriends’ getaway at South Coast Plaza, the ultimate kids’ pizza party and a complimentary night stay with the purchase of two nights are key ingredients in new promotional packages from Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa sure to appeal to locals and travelers alike. The Girls Getaway Package invites friends to experience some shopping therapy at internationally renowned South Coast Plaza. The special offer includes overnight accommodations at the hotel and daily scheduled shuttle service to nearby South Coast Plaza, plus a $100 South Coast Plaza gift certificate for each night’s stay, a welcome package brimming with exclusive deals and discounts, and a ten percent discount on services at Salon Cashmere in the hotel and at the Hilton’s popular Bristol Palms restaurant.
February 12, 2003
I found the juxtaposition of two stories in the Jan. 29 paper to be quite revealing about the current state of values in the area. One story involved politicians objecting to the home delivery of wine and beer with pizza orders, and the other involved the enthusiastic response by area congressmen to President Bush's State of the Union address pushing us ever closer to war. Why is it that local politicians object to...
October 14, 1999
Kathy Mader I initially hesitated to write up this restaurant because it is one of my favorite everyday places and I didn't want to do anything to add to its popularity. But Doria's Haus of Pizza, on the corner of Adams Avenue and Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, doesn't need my help to bolster its reputation as a great eatery. Stuck behind a big theater in a little strip mall, Doria's Haus of Pizza has been at this location since January 1981 and is a favorite among locals.
By Bradley Zint | December 18, 2013
In about two months, Jess Bingaman and his wife are poised to lose their beloved slice of Newport Beach, where friends and families have met year after year to enjoy the ocean views over pizza and beer in a jug. Considering that, though, he was in a chipper mood Tuesday afternoon. Dressed in Southern California winter casual - T-shirt, jeans and beanie - Bingaman smiled at the thought of running Perry's Pizza as long as he has. He's been working at the eclectic Balboa Peninsula pizza parlor since 1986 and has co-owned it with his wife, Dawn, since 1996.
By Bradley Zint | October 23, 2013
A group of Newport-Mesa dads fueled by nostalgia have taken over Sgt. Pepperoni's Pizza Store, seeking to refresh the Newport Beach pizzeria with an updated menu and decor. The family restaurant at 2300 Bristol St., a local institution since 1976, is now owned and operated by Stan Frazier, Jeff Roberts, Rob Dodman and Andy Hong. Trevor Kotchek is the general manager, head chef and otherwise jack of all trades. In the 1970s and '80s, Sgt. Pepperoni's was a product of its time.
By Bradley Zint | March 1, 2013
As the questions kept coming, so did the pizzas. The mood at Costa Mesa's first Meet the Mayor session at Pitfire Artisan Pizza on Thursday night was mostly light, though with wide-ranging topics that included the 19th Street bridge that never was, the city's battered bid to buy the Orange County Fairgrounds, ballooning pension obligations, density in the Westside, raccoons and sewer grills. The event featuring Mayor Jim Righeimer was held in the East 17th Street restaurant's back room, aka the "Community Kitchen.
By Bradley Zint | January 8, 2013
Good pizza comes to those who wait. That's the motto of sorts for the folks at Rance's Chicago Pizza, whose pies are made in authentic Chi-Town style, right down to the Wisconsin cheese. But how long a wait is it for such iconic Midwestern flavor? "Being that it's a deep dish — and there's so much food and so many ingredients that need to be cooked — whether you're in Chicago or here, it takes 40 to 45 minutes," said co-owner Rance Ruiz, who opened the Costa Mesa pizza business last month with childhood friend Aaron Tofani.
November 12, 2012
Looking for local opportunities to support Hurricane Sandy victims? Original Pizza, which has two locations in the Newport-Mesa area, will donate 20% of its sales Tuesday to the Rockaway Beach Relief Fund. Owner Steve Kalatschan, whose father opened the first Original Pizza in 1963 said he heard about that particular fund through a friend at the Crossing Church in Costa Mesa. He said he was moved by the fact that Rockaway Beach, a Queens neighborhood that was particularly hard-hit by the storm, is home to many of New York City's firefighters and police officers.
By Jenny Stockdale and By Jenny Stockdale | August 21, 2012
Once home to a Marie Callender's, which served sweet and savory pies for more than 45 years, the brick building at 353 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa will reopen this fall to serve a whole new kind of doughy goodness: wood-fired pizza. Los Angeles-based Pitfire Artisan Pizza is on track to open its sixth location here in early October, bringing a variety of rustic, fire-singed pizza recipes, a new community space and a 630-degree kiln. Though details are still in the works, the owners plan to have a grand-opening event, and a series of preopening art installations and festivities to get to know their future regulars.
By Mike Reicher | December 8, 2011
Newport Harbor senior Crystal Morales' life changed dramatically Tuesday as she was walking home from school. Just last week, Morales wrapped up an intense project as an editor and actor in a short student film. On Tuesday, the shy and creative teen was critically injured in a suspected DUI crash. The 17-year-old is scheduled to graduate this spring and possibly enroll in Orange Coast College culinary classes or in film courses, said her mother, Gloria Morales. Speaking from Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where Crystal is in a medically induced coma, Gloria's voice breaks up as she talks about her daughter.
By Sarah Peters | November 15, 2011
Gina's Pizza and Pastaria has returned to the Balboa Peninsula. The new location at the Landing shopping center features the same recipes and a faster oven, a restaurant spokesman said Tuesday. The 2,600-square-foot Italian eatery on 3142 W. Balboa Blvd. is the first expansion for the Corona del Mar-based chain in 10 years, said company Director of Operations Fred Caron. Other Gina's locations are in Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine. Gina's previously had eateries at the Balboa Fun Zone and off West Coast Highway and River Avenue.
By Sarah Peters, | August 18, 2011
Forgive the rhyme, but big-city tap water is the secret to a pizza pie capable of making a full-grown New Yorker cry, says the co-owner of Johnny's Real New York Pizza in Corona del Mar. John Younesi, a Queens native who moved to Newport in 2000, and his business partner Jan Yoss opened the pizzeria at 2756 E. Coast Hwy. in July. They promptly sold out of pies the first few days. Featuring a high-tech filtration system to emulate the soft-water properties of real New York City tap water — the "critical ingredient to real New York pizza" — the 900-square-foot pizzeria has seen a constant flow of customers chowing down on its 12- and 20-inch thin-crust pies.
By Tom Ragan, | December 13, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — He's gone from one peninsula to another. It just so happens that Domenico Maurici, owner of Il Farro, an Italian restaurant on the Balboa Peninsula, was born and reared in Calabria, Italy, the region that forms the "toe" of Italy's "boot. " For the past 17 years, Maurici, who grew up on a farm, has managed to make Il Farro succeed where other restaurants have closed around him. And a lot of it, he said, has to do with a small grain called farro. The grain has special qualities, he said.
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