2957 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
Sun, 10/09/2016, 11:30am reservation
I remember a time when this place used to be California Pizza Kitchen during my college days in Irvine. In fact, the complex has been totally revamped with new hip and up and coming restaurants(including the soon to be Lady M Boutique). It's a fairly busy place with tons of parking throughout.
North Italia is actually a reasonably large restaurant. The interior is rustic, with a simple and casual feel to it. There is a sizeable bar area for those who would want to grab a quick bite and a drink.
Now onto the food...it's all made from scratch with a modern Italian flare. Their pizzas and pastas are delicious and well, see for yourself below...
|The bar area|
|CHICKEN PESTO ($17.00): Gigli Pasta, Toasted Pine Nut, Crispy Caper. This was delicious. The pesto coated the pasta really well. It didn't taste too heavy and there was a bit of a lemony flavor to the pasta. Good dish overall.|
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed North Italia. The food was on point with balanced flavors throughout each pasta dish. There is a private room at the Irvine location that seems to be a good spot to hold a small gathering. There are multiple locations throughout the US and one other location in El Segundo. It can get pretty busy so reservations are recommended.
Notable Dishes: Squid Ink Malfadine, Bolognese, and Short Rib Radiatori