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Luggatti's Italian Grill - California Style Dining in Huntington Beach, Calif.

 


Huntington Beach--Pictured above are fantastic foods from an Italian restaurant in Huntington Beach California, Luggatti's Italian Grill. Featuring dine-in or take-out service just two blocks from the beach, Luggatti's is a crowd-pleaser and sure to win awards for its flavorful menu and reasonable prices.

Prepare to loosen your belt a notch or two when visiting the brand new Luggatti's Italian Grill.Luggatti's Italian Grill, 210 5th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 | 714-536-8846

 

 From the moment you step into the richly-decorated room with a fabulous centerpiece bar in dark wood tones and cozy firepit at the opposite wall, the rock music greets you in downtown Huntington Beach fashion. Young, hip and delicious is the the menu and mood at this remake of "The Shed", a tired old building that was essentially gutted, receiving an extreme makeover.

 

Now morphed into one of the nicest restaurant along or near Main Street in Huntington Beach, an extensive menu features traditional Italian pasta selections plus a large list of fish and seafood dishes, beef or chicken burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, steaks, chicken, veal and specialty plates ranging from Baked Mostaccioli to Eggplant Parmigiana with Spaghetti. There are so many delicious items to try that you'll soon be waiting in line to enjoy the newcomer to Huntington Beach, once the word gets out.

 

Open room seating at comfortable tables with chairs or at the elegant bar in a slightly darkened room provide a bit of intimacy, yet visibility so you can see what everyone around you is being served. Food presentations are dynamic at this new restaurant from co-owners who've been in the restaurant business for quite some time with another Italian restaurant, Lino's located on Edwards near Edinger.  When you seek fish specialties with beach views, be sure to check out Chimayo at the Beach.

 

Hiring Chef Jason Trail from New York who's worked at many top restaurants, the food is clearly a winner. Start your meal with an awesome appetizer such as Luggatti Caprese, a delicious plate of fresh red tomatoes served with thinly-sliced sweet red onions, topped with fresh Mozzarella, garlic and basil oil (shown in photo above). A meal in itself, don't be deterred—a world of flavors awaits those who persevere to complete a meal.  Other appetizers include Sticks and Stones (Fried Mozzarella sticks & Gnocchi cheese-filled potato Dumplings); Fire Roasted Artichokes, Garlic Fried Calamari with Marinara Sauce; Fried Stuffed Artichokes with Goat Cheese, Roasted Pepper Puree topped with a Tomato Cream Sauce; Grilled Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp (Jumbo Shrimp wrapped with Italian Bacon accompanied by Tuscany white beans and spinach); Spinacci and Artichoke Dip and more.

 

If you need a salad, there are some fabulous choices such as Mama's Antipasto in an individual serving or for two people, Italian Chopped Salad, Southwest Salad, Jimmy' Greek Salad, Chicken Tender Chopped Salad, Chinese Chicken Salad, Double Barrel BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad, Caesar Salad and Garden Salad or Wedge Salad.

 

Sandwiches include Cheeseburger, The Double Barrel BBQ Burger, BBQ Chicken Burger and Fire Grilled Portabello Burger ranging from under $7 to 9 (subject to change). Meatball Sandwich, Coney Island Hot Pastrami Sandwich, Double Barrel BBQ Beef, Ant Lin's Eggplant Parmigiana, Foccacia Sub, BLT with Avocado and The Manhattan are affordable, filling and yummy.

 

One of our favorites on the menu is Luggatti's Pesto Salmon. A rich filet of large proportions with the juices sealed into a crusty Pesto seasoned Panko is seared to perfection and decorated with sweet Tomato Cream Puree. It's difficult to finish the plate that includes Roasted Baby Red Potatoes and Grilled Vegetables so we left the beautiful potatoes seen in top photo above. The fish dishes are staggering in quality. We shared the Pesto Salmon and Ultimo Frutte Di Mare (ultimate fruits of the sea) included a huge soup-style plate containing fresh-made linguine pasta topped with Sauteed Shrimp, Calamari, Clams, Mussels and Scallops in light garlic, wine and Marinara sauce. There are 14 entrees on the Seafood list, 14 items on the Pasta selection, eight types of chicken or veal, several steaks providing your choice of seasoning and a variety of pizzas with extensive toppings options.

 

Pizza buffs are going to go crazy with Steak Fajita Pizza, New York Style Pizza, Double Barrel BBQ Chicken Pizza and Buffalo Bleu Pizza that includes Spicy Habanero, Chipotle Wing Sauce, Chicken Jalapenos, Roasted Red & Yellow Peppers, Green Onions, Mozzarella Cheese, Fresh Tomatoes and Bleu Cheese Dressing.

 

If you manage to find room for dessert after dining on appetizers and entrees, you are in for a real treat. You must try the heavenly Holi-Cannoli.

 

Meals are served with wine by the glass or bottle, draft or bottled beers and Martinis such as Ice Squeeze Martini with Blue Ice Vodka, Cointreau, fresh squeezed lemons and a splash of sweet & sour in a sugar rimmed glass garnished with lemon zest. Shady Lady is a heavenly martini concoction that is made of Blue Ice Vodka, Shyy Vanilla Vodka, Chambord, Frngelico, Baileys and a splash of cream in a chocolate rimmed glass. There are nine specialty martinis on the menu, many Californian and Italian wines and an elegant bar to sit and enjoy cocktails with your friends or by yourself in a great place to unwind.  A kids men features chicken tenders, spaghetti, pizza and grilled cheese sandwich so you can bring the entire family or drop by after a beach day.  A special adjoining cafe was custom-made for take out dining so guests don't have to wait for the regular seated guests.

 

Do these guys have their act together? You bet!  The co-owners also have Lino's Italian on 15491 Edwards Street in Huntington Beach and Augustino's Italian on 12554 Valley View in Garden Grove (near the 22 Freeway).

 


Luggatti's Italian Grill, 210 5th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 | 714-536-8846

 

 


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