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.
Gorgonzola Dolce and Fig Bruschetta
Tomato, Basil, Garlic Bruschetta
Pesto Pizza with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Pancetta, Goat Cheese and Walnut Pesto & Pear, Honey Bruschetta
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.