User Reviews (5 Reviews)
- Pizzeria OrticaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 1Jan 10, 2014
I'm not an expensive pizza person. Especially when there are other great pizza options like Pieology and Tony's :)
However, I can scratch this off my list and say that I've at least tried it!
**Charred Mediterranean Octopus - Yukon Gold potato, celery hearts, Sicilian capers. It sold me on both octopus and the capers, which apparently Sicilian types, are extra large. However, it's pretty pricey for the portion. $12 for a pretty small plate and almost as much as a pizza.
**Pancetta Pizza - Mozzarella, caramelized onion, shaved green garlic, black pepper, fresh basil. $17 and its really small :( I love the pancetta meat, but not the char. I had to pick off the burnt pieces since it distracted from the overall taste.
Parking is in a structure, and if you come past 7 PM, you won't need to validate.
I wouldn't come here again with other pizza joints vying for my attention!Recommended for:Trendsters
- Pizzeria OrticaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Sep 14, 2013
Bought the Travelzoo deal: wasn't a good deal at all...portions were very small. Maybe the Groupon deal would have been better?
Salsiccia pizza: 3 stars
Crust way too burnt & the middle (edible) part of the pizza was way too small. Cheese was good; but the middle ended up to be too soggy. Taste wise was just alright.
Marguerite pizza with prosciutto: 2 stars
They burn all of the pizza's crust here a bit too much here. Why do they do this?? I don't want to eat carbon!! =( The crust isn't as good as Pizza Mozza & the middle of the pizza is a bit too soggy.
Tortelli di pere e pecorino al burro e salvia: 1 star
Very small portions here.. it was ok tasted like Costco tortelli which I can just cook myself. =(
We ordered an extra bottle of wine:
Salice Salentino: 3 stars
Decent tasting but still young; not that smooth & aftertaste was a bit tart & tannin
Due to the high Yelp reviews I was looking forward to trying this place out but alas I am so disappointed. I didn't find anything that I had here that made me want to come back at all... =(
Service: A excellent here (Pizza Mozza can definitely learn a thing or two about service from them here; only if these two restaurants can get together & have a baby then maybe the can get it right. Food & service that is...) +1
Decor: B- (when you walk thru the door & turn right / left the restaurant is very narrowly built; very weird design)
Value: D (Travelzoo deal turned out to be not a good deal at all for what we got; very small portions)
FYI: If you park in their parking structure, they do validate your parking stub; be sure to have your waitress validate it for you before you leave.
- Pizzeria OrticaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Feb 06, 2013
I had never been to Pizzeria Ortica and I saw a Groupon a few months back enabling me to go. So realizing my Groupon expires this week, Chris K. and I made a reservation and went. Parking is in the structure for the Westin off of Anton. Just tell the attendant that you're there for the restaurant and he won't ask for $10.00 for Segerstrom parking. Just remember to validate at the restaurant.
The restaurant is indeed very narrow but we were seated in the far corner away from the kitchen which was much preferred. The lighting is dim and the atmosphere can be described as romantic albeit noisy. Our surrounding diners also had Groupons to use that evening. I guess everyone realized that they expire this week too. We both ordered the house red wine.
For the first course, we had the kale salad and the chicken meatballs. The salad consisted of kale, radicchio, pepitas, citrus and red wine vinaigrette dressing. It was perfectly dressed and the kale was slightly wilted so it didn't taste like rabbit food. That's huge. The chicken meatballs came with garlic toast that was really good and I wished that there was more of it. The marinara sauce was delicious. The meatballs were ok.
For the second course, we ordered the sausage and fennel pizza and the spinach tagliatelle bolognese. The pizza was delicious with the onions, sausage, and fennel. The tagliatelle was small in size and the meat sauce was fine but I don't think I'd do pasta here again. The pizza is a winner if you like thin crusts. We skipped dessert and opted to go across the street to Mastro's for their butter cake. We had great service, good food, and even better company. I'll have to remember to come here next time I have tickets at Segerstrom or SCR.
- Pizzeria OrticaFirst to ReviewSep 25, 2012
This place sucks. You like great pizza? Then you need to hit up Mozza the next city over. Atmosphere is great, service is great, oh and the salads are to die for. However with Pizza in the name, I would expect it to be amazing. This was not the case, soggy and bland