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Newcomer Al Forno Caffe Delights Locals

We attended as a guest of Al Forno Caffe


Mesa Verde Shopping Center in Costa Mesa has added a charming trattoria that is becoming a favorite local hangout for near by residents. Though opened since April, Monday was newcomer Al Forno Caffe’s official grand opening complete with ribbon cutting ceremony and guests were invited to sample several appetizers from their menu.


Local regulars enjoy a bottle of wine and appetizers after work at the Grand Opening.

  20140623_091602_8_bestshotGorgonzola Dolce and Fig Bruschetta



Tomato, Basil, Garlic Bruschetta


Pesto Pizza with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Pancetta, Goat Cheese and Walnut Pesto & Pear, Honey Bruschetta

20140623_094831_8_bestshot Margherita Pizza with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and tomato sauce and Ricotta 


Fried Artichoke Hearts with lemon aioli



In addition to these favorites, owners Majid and Zara serve up classics such as Caesar salad, caprese, beet salad, spagehtti pomodoro o pesto, pappardelle funghi, fettucine florentine, linguini vongole, rigatoni bolognese, veal Milanese, chicken cacciatore, and more. And if you’re a coffee connoisseur Al Forno offers Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee  which would go well with one of their pastries for breakfast. The caffe also has a pared down menu for lunch.


For wine lovers, Wine Wednesday’s are a great deal with all bottles of wine priced at half off. Happy hours are week nights from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Whether you’re looking for a great dinner with your family, a low key date night, or a place to hang out with friends over some wine and pizza, Al Forno offers great food, a fun casual atmosphere, and affordable prices.

Al Forno Caffe is located at 1525 Mesa Verde E in Costa Mesa.

Dana Wilde grew up playing “sous chef” for her father as he churned out one amazing meal after the next for family and friends. She inherited her father’s life long passion for cooking and has spent the past two decades studying, reading, practicing, experimenting, and creating in the kitchen. Together, she and her sister, Shan are Simply Wilde, a small boutique catering business focusing on in-home entertaining.

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