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Amazing textures, perfect sauce and cheeses, perfect cooking, reminds me of Rome on a good day.
I was out and about and had kind of a bad day. So I was looking for quiet little Italian place where I could just chill, enjoy a glass of wine and some good pasta. Stumbled upon Genovese and it couldn't have been more perfect! It's an old converted house with cool memorabilia to check out. I sat at the bar and was immediately welcomed by two of the regular guests sitting across the bar. Every single server went out of their way to say hello to me. I drank Cabernet while enjoying good conversation with Anton. What a terrific place with great food and a family feel. I already have friends who are excited about coming with me next time! Thanks for a fantastic experience! See y'all soon! Happy new year!🎊
Brought back a lot of memories of my childhood!
By far the best gnocchi I have had. The cheesecake is just as good if not better. Will keep coming back to such an amazing restaurant.
Great family run restaurant, good food and good people. Have not had anything that was not great. You gotta try this place.
Love this place. We just had diner with our grand baby, daughter in law and son. What a great place for a quiet family meal. Food is great (always leave with left overs) service always friendly and great variety
So good. The only thing better than the side of spaghetti is the sausage and peppers. My favorite dish and must have every time.
When my husband and I think about going out this is the 1st place we think of. The chicken peccata hasn't been made better anywhere elsewhere. So if you want good food, great service and to feel welcomed try out Restaurant Genovese.
Genovese makes THE BEST Fettuccine Alfredo. We've ordered at several OC restaurants, and have tried homemade & sauce from a jar, but nothing compares! It's rich & creamy but not oily or overly-buttery like other places.
Why am I just hearing about this gem of an Italian restaurant? This family-owned and operated restaurant has been around since the early 1950s and serves up some amazingly delicious Sicilian dishes. We had the fettuccine con Bascillico with chicken and fettuccine Genovese with meatball. What better way to finish the meal than with tiramisu and a blackberry gelato star dipped in chocolate.
My lasagna was delicious as always! You can't find a better lasagna or better staff than here! You won't be disappointed!
I added chicken and it was amazing. All of their food is. But as much as the food, its also the staff that keeps you coming back. They make you feel like you are part of the family. Friendly and knowledgable with the menu. I am a 4th generation from Orange so I've been coming here since I was young, but whether it's your first time or not, Risorante Genovese will always make you feel at home.
Have been to dinner at Ristorante Genovese since I was a child. Ristorante Genovese is one of my favorite restaurants of all time—it is the B-E-S-T Restaurant ever. I had the Chicken Cacciatore the other day & it is so scrumptious. The flavors are wonderful! I really appreciate fine dining and excellent service as well- that made my evening so enjoyable. The customers are wonderful as well. Thank you Ristorante Genovese!
I think Genovese knew there were people like me who just can't decide what to have for lunch, so they put Half & Half on the menu! It's the perfect choice when you want delicious handmade ravioli and and little something extra — a generous side of spaghetti! A glass of ice tea and some toasted garlic bread...yum!! Take a jar of Gramma Genovese's Spaghetti Sauce home for dinner!
I never knew how much I loved tiramisu until I ate it here. It is so light and creamy. It is the perfect dessert after a hearty Italian meal.
This dish is the best! The meat is high quality and is cooked perfectly with a side of their spaghetti and special homemade spaghetti sauce that can't be beat. Served with their tasty hot bread and the service here is impeccable.
The smell of the garlic, and vodka; the totally beautiful presentation are nothing compared to the taste of the chicken buried underneath. A delicious pasta accompaniment and the green beans just make the whole experience like heaven in your mouth! Trust me, you won't be the same once you devour this! Add a Sidecar from the bar, just for fun! ( on Thirsty Thursdays it's $8!!)
I've been a regular diner at Genovese for years, enjoying all my usual favorite pasta dishes and a much-needed glass of Merlot. Who would have thought a "salad" would become my new favorite! You simply must try this summery dish, with your favorite Genovese dressing — blue cheese for me! The chilled grilled veggies under a delicious warm grilled chicken breast...and a glass of Chardonnay...and you've gone to Infinity, add their famous garlic bread and it will send you to Beyond! ❤️
The Cheese Ravioli was amazing, but what made the experience unforgettable was when Al brought everyone in our party a gift. I got a Pink light up rose and still have it to this day. You feel like family while you are there. RIP Al you will be truly missed.
Absolutely delicious baked mostacciolli with perfect pasta and excellent sauce, and the most heavenly meatballs. The staff was warm and friendly, the lighting is soft and cozy, the music is just right for conversation. We will be back!
You know it's good when there's none left, we had a large!
my all time favorite and was not disappointed at all!
This was my first visit to the Restorante Genovese. I ate the Spaghetti with meat balls. It was THE BEST I had ever had at any Italian restaurant. The restaurant had great friendly service. I discovered it's the perfect place to conduct business lunch meetings. The background music was pleasant and it's perfect for business conversations vs. the noisy chain restaurants. I'm going back for dinner later this week.
Love it. The food is great, staff is friendly and portions are generous. The baked mostacciolli with sausage always makes two meals for me. You gotta try this place
Hey don't tell everybody, these folks are now open on Sunday. I loved the Baked Mostacciolli with Sausage. This is becoming the go to place for family dinners out. They treat us great even with the grand baby. Great food, great service and friendly helpful staff, you can't ask for anything more.
The cannelloni is amazing and always piping hot! It was the single go to meal while pregnant
For homemade authentic Italian food Genovese has been around for many years. I personally have gone for the last 20 years and have never been disappointed. Excellent food, service and atmosphere.....not to mention homemade desserts.
If you like your Italian food a little liter, this dish is the one. Lite and bursting with flavor Genovese is always a fun friendly place to dine. It'll be your favorite place.
It was the best ever. The sauce had a excellent flavor. The Spaghetti was done to perfection. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
My husband enjoyed the lasagna the other night...he said it is the best he's ever had. He's tried it in dozens of other Italian restaurants and he's old, so if he says it's the best, believe him! He loved the ricotta and fresh mozzarella, but the meat sauce was what really made it special. He says he's ordering it every time we come to Genovese now!
Boy was this a tasty dish! I love eggplant parmigiana, and this certainly didn't disappoint. Giant portion too. I would easily order it again.
This review is for lunch pizza and late night pizza...which I had in one day! I brought my two grandkids in for a much enjoyed pepperoni pizza lunch on our way to the movies, over the Christmas holidays. They loved it and asked if we could stop again on the way home and get another one. So we did! Thank you, Toni for treating them so special. We will come again this summer with them for a double pizza day! Best pizza around!
1) If you've never had gnocchi, then you should definitely get some, 2) if you've never had Genovese gnocchi, then you're totally missing out. I had this dish with their tomato cream sauce. It's my favorite! I wish it was on their everyday menu, but it is made with such care that I completely understand why it is only made once a week. I extremely recommend this dish the next time you go in!
It's my go to appetizer and some of the best bruschetta I've ever had.
Hands down, the best Chicken Parm! The breaded chicken is not greasy, the pasta and red sauce and side salad go perfect. Large portion of food. Keep half for lunch the next day so you have room for the tiramisu. And don't forget the house Chianti!
Seriously. Would you ever think the best steak around comes from an Italian restaurant with a menu filled with dozens of delicious specialty pasta dishes? Well, it's Genovese' best kept secret, but I'm here to tell you the secret's out! The Sicilian Porterhouse — with its side of green beans and spaghetti — it will hook you in and make you a believer!
This is the best and tastiest carbonara I have ever found at a restaurant. I highly recommend this dish. Pasta is cooked perfect and sauce is the best.
This best pizza I ever had??
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