March 19, 2009
Laguna Beach’s favorite gourmet pizza has gone international. ZPizza, started by owner and Laguna native Sid Faranof in 1986, has expanded to an 89-shop chain nationwide with 300 more under way, and opened its first overseas franchise in Saudi Arabia last month. Another location in Dubai is scheduled to open soon. A leader in health and eco-friendliness, Faranof attributes the chain’s success to quality and health-conscious ingredients, artistic flavor combinations and friendly prices.
November 23, 2007
As Mirabeau bites the dust, Stella?s rises from the ashes. In that choice ocean-view spot in Monarch Bay Plaza, a new Italian restaurant and lounge makes its debut. All dressed up with new booths, golden draperies and two large portraits of someone who actually may be the eponymous Stella. They also have added a wood-burning pizza oven. The outdoor terrace has been refurbished with banquettes along the walls and a second bar. Still remaining are the open kitchen, the long bar with comfortable upholstered stools where you may eat as well as drink, and the large fireplace on the terrace.