I’m a huge fan of Pizzeria Ortica, not only because they have excellent pizza, but their small plates, lunch specials and entrees in general have always been consistently good.
To add a new twist into the mix, the restaurant has included Italian Suppers to its repertoire. These are meant to be shared family style with menus changing seasonally.
On the night of my visit, we started off with a Salumi platter of some of my favorite meats including Prosciutto di Parma, Salame Calabrese — a spicy chorizo style salami — and Mortadella. The plate is generous and there is more than enough for the entire table to share.
Additionally, a Verdure platter was also served alongside with Balsamic Marinated Cippolini Onions, Grilled Zucchini and Chili & Mint Marinated Eggplant. I love eggplant any way you cook it and here, they are served whole.
Our main course of Roasted Porchetta was a platter of thickly sliced boneless pork loin and belly with crispy skin. Inside the meat was a stuffing of delicious fennel pollen, cavalo nero (kale) and chilies.
Accompanying the entree were a few side dishes. Soft polenta had a lovely texture and I liked how the consistency was not too thick. Baby carrots are sweet and perfectly roasted with a lovely char creating a nice caramelized coating. My favorite of the evening was the rapini. Slightly bitter but infused with garlic and chilis, making it so mouthwateringly good — I couldn’t get enough of it.
The savory dishes are more than enough to satiate even the largest of appetites, but don’t forget, dessert is also included. Chocolate torte with cream and seasonal fruit was a great finish to our wonderful meal.
The next Italian supper will be on Tuesday, April 10, followed by May 8, and June 5. The price is $45 per person. Make sure you make your reservations early so you don’t miss it.
One lucky reader will be able to win a $50 gift certificate courtesy of Pizzeria Ortica. Please tell me what your favorite family suppers consist of. You have until Sunday, Feb 5 to get your entries in. Winner will be announced on Monday, Feb 6.
650 Anton Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626