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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Irvine, CA (NOVEMBER 2010) – Prego Ristorante Executive Chef Ugo Allesina has introduced a new fall/winter menu with a variety of new salads, entrées and vegetarian options. The Irvine restaurant is also bringing back a few dishes that have been menu highlights over the past 25 years it has been in business.

The following items can be found on the fall/winter menu:


§ RUTH INSALATA -- seared tuna, chilled shrimp, crab meat, grilled zucchini, fresh tomato and garlic over romaine, house dressing

§ GNOCCHI SORRENTINA -- potato dumplings in marinara sauce with basil and melted mozzarella

§ FETTUCCINE ALLA’ANTONIO -- sautéed scallops, peas and mushrooms in a lightly spicy cream sauce over ribbon pasta

§ POLLO VAL D’AOSTANO -- sautéed breaded chicken breast with fontina cheese and demi glaze

§ SCALOPPINE AL LIMONE E CARCIOFI -- veal scaloppine, artichokes, in a lemon white wine sauce

§ VITELLO AI CEPPI – mesquite-grilled veal chop brushed with thyme butter and cannellini beans


§ FOCACCIA DAL FORNO -- half-moon pizza filled with mozzarella and fontina cheeses

§ CARCIOFO ARRABIATO -- whole artichoke stuffed with breadcrumbs, minced marinated artichoke hearts, chili flakes and fresh garlic

§ BUCATINI ALL’AMATRICIANA -- large hollowed spaghetti pasta with pancetta, onions, tomato, parsley, pecorino cheese, and a touch of spice

§ PAGLIA E FIENO -- chicken, radicchio and pancetta in a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce with flat ribbon spinach and egg pasta


§ MELANZANE AL PARMIGIANO -- eggplant Parmesan with spaghetti pomodoro

§ SPAGHETTI CONTADINA -- wheat pasta, seasonal vegetables and garlic

§ VERDURE ALLA GRIGLIA -- grilled vegetable platter drizzled with basil oil

The new fall/winter menu is served daily for lunch and dinner. The complete menu can be found online at

For more information or reservations, call 949.553.1333 or visit

Prego has all that one could wish for in a fine Italian restaurant; an elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere, attentive service and cuisine that strikes the perfect balance between traditional authenticity and innovative preparations. It's the perfect setting in which to enjoy good conversation and feast on the best cuisine that Italy has to offer.

Adding a splash of Mediterranean color to California, Prego's ambience blends the warmth and rustic charm of old-world Italy with the electricity and vibrancy of a cosmopolitan restaurant. Streamlined arches and columns, gleaming copper, polished hardwood floors and an abundance of Cherrywood furnishings produce an elegant and sophisticated, yet comfortable, atmosphere. A lively exhibition kitchen allows diners to view the artful chefs creating their delicious dishes. With a capacity to seat between 150 and 250 guests, Prego features al fresco dining, full bar, banquet rooms and catering services.

Executive Chef & Partner, Ugo Allesina, brings more than 25 years of experience to his position. Born and raised in the region of Piemonte, Italy, his experience at a number of prestigious hotels and restaurants in Italy, Germany and the United States has enabled him to develop his outstanding skills as a premiere Chef of Northern Italian cuisine.

The menu emphasizes regional Italian cuisine, featuring authentic pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, freshly made pastas, grilled fresh fish, spit-roasted meats and fowl, and an extensive list of wines from Italy and California that will please even the most discriminating wine connoisseur. Homemade desserts and pastries make a perfect ending to an unforgettable dining experience. Prego has received fine-dining awards from the Restaurant Writers' Association and the Wine and Food Society of Southern California. It has been a culinary destination for more than two decades.

Prego Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner daily and is located at 18420 Von Karman Ave in Irvine. For more information or reservations, call 949.553.1333 or visit or