Andrea Ristorante, Newport Beach

photo-03There are not many landscapes in this world that can compare to the beauty that is coastal Orange County, add in pure luxury at its finest and you will find the Resort at Pelican Hill. Nestled on top of 504 acres of unbridled beauty, Pelican Hill is easily one of the top resorts in the world. Spend a day taking in the awe inspiring grounds, get in a round of golf on one of the best courses in California and make sure to make reservations at Andrea, Pelican’s fine dining restaurant.

As you walk through the lobby can’t help but notice the stunning Palladian architecture; vaulted arches and majestic columns give the true feeling you have left California and have been transported to the Italian Riviera. Warm, friendly staff escorts you to a reserved table and gives the hint that you are in for real treat. The resort is world renowned for its elegant environment and it is clearly evident that the staff is highly trained to make sure that your every need is being paid attention to. No punches are pulled here, the staff is on point to ensure your meal is made and served to perfection.

chef_juliaYour senses will be at full attention, aromas from the kitchen bring Northern Italy right to your table! Start with a signature cocktail (the Blueberry Lemon Martini is an absolute must) or relish over one of the many wines from their award winning list. A visit from Chef Marco Criscuolo provides a glimpse into what he has up his sleeve and in store for just you.  Growing up in Southern Italy he helped his family make pasta every day. The experience he brings to the table is truly one of a kind. Highly recommended from our end is the signature risotto which is prepared tableside in a Parmesan wheel.  The authentic pasta dishes must not be missed as well, hand-made daily in a temperature-controlled Pasta Room, you can taste the freshness.  Julia Holland takes full pride in her position as the Pastaia at Andrea as each piece of her hand-made pasta is made with pure love for you to enjoy.

Succumb to temptation and allow the server to add a few generous shavings of white truffle to any pasta dish for that extra burst of flavor! After dinner wander the grounds with a glass of buttery chardonnay and watch one of the most amazing sunsets and landscapes you will ever lay eyes on. With Pelican’s award winning golf course in the forefront and the pink and orange skies blazing over the Pacific Ocean in the background, be prepared to stay a while to take it all in! This is a dining experience that must be appreciated.