Ask anyone what the most comforting foods are, and they’ll likely have Italian near the top of the list. With its hearty vegetables, homemade pastas, delicious meats, and breads, brings flavorful tradition home for dinner.
The Romeo family began their restaurants with a sole purpose: to being a vanguard for that tradition in Orange County. Linked with a healthy Mediterranean taste, Romeo Cucina hasn’t changed the way they operate in their 25 years of business - always keeping abreast of Italian food trends to update their menu with innovative dishes in an atmosphere of exceptional service.
Showing the ancient skills of Italian hospitality created a signature style that is hard to find elsewhere. Paired with an intergenerational love of good cooking, and blended with the artistry and creativity of the current era, it’s not to be beat. Tina, Ada and Michael personally greet guests into the Laguna Niguel restaurant with a genuine warmth that feels like coming home - right down to the open fireplace in the corner and the starched white table cloths.
Have one of the variety of menu options, changing daily and seasonally depending on the freshest ingredients, or bring your whole party in for an evening that won’t soon be forgotten. Popular starters include the Bruschetta Caprese - Romeo grilled bread topped with mozzarella, tomato, basil and balsamic reduction and the Carpaccio di Manzo which flavorfully combines thin sliced raw beef filet with artichoke hearts, arugola (Italian aromatic lettuce), capers and Parmigiano cheese.
Entrees range from delicious homemade pasta and rich, creamy risotto dishes to chicken, veal, beef and seafood dishes and the always crowd-pleasing thin crust wood-fired pizzas. Love gnocchi? Try Romeo’s homemade potato pillows in your choice of pesto or fresh tomato sauce. The homemade Lasagnette Graziella arrives in a classic bolognese ground beef ragout with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, earthy vegetables and herbs while Cioppino is a seafood aficionado’s dream - chock full of fresh clams, mussels, shrimp, swordfish, calamari, scallops and crab in a delightful broth with vegetables and herbs.
More of a meat eater? The Ossobuco Alla Romano is veal shank tender to the bone, slowly braised in a fresh vegetable-tomato sauce with a side of fettuccine pasta and the Tagliata di Manzo is a grilled to perfection sirloin steak served with cherry tomato, caramelized onion, arugula, Parmigiano and topped with a shallot sage butter.
From wedding parties to happy hour - no party is too large or too small. Just follow your nose to the family kitchen, and join Romeo’s for mouthwatering tradition for years to come.
Romeo Cucina is located at 28241 Crown Valley Parkway in Laguna Niguel. For reservations, call (949) 831-4131 or visit romeocucina.com