Review: Filomena’s Italian Kitchen – Costa Mesa, CA

On my fourth trip to Anaheim in three years, I knew that pizza options in this town are pretty dreary. Although Los Angeles is just 27 miles away, it’s 27 miles of congested freeways.

I looked instead to some other nearby towns in Orange County and found a nice write-up of Filomena’s Italian Kitchen in Costa Mesa, about a 20 minute ride from the Disneyland area. The Orange County Register reports that

This is a hidden gem, where chef Linda English’s pizza has slowly evolved over the past couple of years. The crust reached perfection midway through 2015. It’s hard to categorize the style, as it’s not quite New York, not quite sourdough, but rather a whole lot of goodness in between.

I called ahead on a Tuesday night and learned that the restaurant was mostly full with a wine tasting event, but the host found an open table for two. The wine event looked excellent; I learned that the cost to participate was $125.

The tasting room

The dining room
View of the bar from back of dining room

Inside, there is a large open room where wine tasters enjoyed a reception, and a more conventional dining room with a small bar. We chose a bottle of California Cabernet ($49) from an extensive and pricy wine list and ordered two of the 12″ pizzas – one with the pepperoni endorsed by the Orange County Register, and one with Italian sausage.

The sausage pizza

It’s worth noting that the entire restaurant buzzed with warmth and comfort; the terrific service …read more

Source:: Pizza Quixote