June 12, 2009
Good deals for meals are popping up everywhere around town, especially with the new small-plate concept. Romeo Cucina is no exception. Their happy hour, which lasts all night Mondays and from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, features nine selections for only $6.95 each. Calamari fritti, eggplant parmigiana and penne arabiata, for example, make for some tasty snacking or a light supper. Mondays through Wednesdays you can create your own pizza or pasta from a long list of classic ingredients for a mere $9.95 and you will also be eligible to win a weekly contest for the best creation.
October 8, 2004
Arts Glori Fickling Imported Spanish cheeses were the stars Tuesday when Sundried Tomato Cafe teamed with Laguna Culinary Arts for a five-course gourmet dinner. An enthusiastic group of 20-some foodies gathered on the intimate roof atop the cafe to savor fabulous fare, fine wines and scintillating conversation sharing a new appreciation for the delicacies. Showtime commenced with an enticing presentation of Spanish cheeses sliced for tasting by Culinary Arts cheese expert James Drakeford as the audience sipped Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut, Penedes -- a prestigious Spanish sparkling wine presented in frosty splits.
December 5, 2003
Glori Fickling Celebrating a phenomenal 10 year anniversary on Dec. 9, Ocean Brewing Company is one of the most inspirational restaurant success stories on the Orange County scene. Now a bustling night club, the popular place is the creation of Jonathan and Maria Thomas whose dream as newlyweds was to coordinate Maria's creative cooking talents with Jonathan's knowledge gleaned through the study of beer and ale brewing techniques. Thus the pair launched a popular little storefront establishment which boasts its own charming sidewalk seating and is embellished with gigantic brewing tanks which rise behind the bar. It was not long before this energetic duo gained a reputation for fine Italian cuisine, heady brews, California, Italian and French wines.
June 23, 2006
Romeo Cucina is celebrating its 15th year of operation in Laguna Beach. For the restaurant business, 15 years is a long time. They must be doing something right. Although we have been eating there since it opened, our busy reviewing schedule has kept us away for more than a year. The original four brothers and two sisters of the Romeo family who started the restaurant are natives of Calabria, the southernmost province of the Italian boot. They brought with them old family recipes and a commitment to authentic Italian food.