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Naples-Meets-Newport Beach As Settebello Opens Its First Orange County Location At Crystal Cove Shopping Center

Authentic Napoletana Pizza And A Stunning Design Make Settebello’s Debut O.C. Location Something To Talk About

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., July 2014 – Settebello, the Napoletana style pizzeria with locations throughout Las Vegas, Nevada and Southern California, is bringing Italian tradition to Orange County as its eighth location joins the distinguished restaurants at Crystal Cove Shopping Center. Staying true to the traditional restrictions established by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, Settebello sets the highest standard for its pizzas and ingredients with Head Pizzaiolo Carmine D’Amato overseeing the step-by-step process. Featuring an exquisite indoor/outdoor space designed by Marshall Projects and a newly revamped menu offering classics as well as specialties specifically crafted for the Orange County location, Settebello is aiming to transform how Newport thinks about pizza.

“We wanted to bring a unique addition to the Newport Beach culinary scene that would match the community’s desire for only the best ingredients, most unique dishes and high-end design,” said co-owner Brad Otton. “We feel the space and menu will provide guests with an option that is modern and upscale, but also approachable and can be a go-to whether you are looking for late night cocktails with friends, a romantic dinner with your spouse or a fun meal for the whole family.”

Design firm, Marshall Projects, worked to build a space that was inviting while still emanating luxury and elegance. The restaurant embraces California’s beautiful weather with an open ceiling throughout and glass atriums covering both the bar and dining room. A grand row of olive trees runs down the middle of the restaurant creating a garden feel as lounge areas with plush couches and classic Italian black-and-white films provide the ideal setting for intimate cocktails. The focal point of the space is the authentic Neapolitan pizza oven, imported direct from Italy, which sits behind a wall of windows in the back of the dining room giving each guest the opportunity to watch the pizza as it is carefully crafted and prepared.

When it comes to the menu, Settebello takes pizza to the next level with an extreme commitment to the traditions of authentic Napoletana pizza. It is with this tradition in mind that the menu features both classics like the Margherita, Marinara, and Settebello with crushed tomatoes, pancetta, sausage, mushrooms, toasted pine nuts, mozzarella, basil, olio; as well as more inventive options like the Vico with sausage, roasted fennel, red onions, mascarpone, mozzarella, basil, olio. The rest of the menu mixes modern favorites and new ingredients with classic Italian flavor in the Fried Polenta Bites; Duck Confit Crostini; Deviled Eggs with Salami Crisps; and Warm Beets with goat cheese crema and marcona almonds. Dessert includes the rich and fluffy Torta della Nonna, a lemon pastry cream on a base of short pastry or indulgent Bombolini, deep fried pizza dough filled with Nutella and coated with sugar.

Settebello also offers a comprehensive craft cocktail program that delivers inventive drinks with playful names. Guests can sip a Newport Coast with raspberries, Flor de Caña rum, campari, St. Elizabeth All Spice Dram, lime juice and demerara; an Offshore Bank Account with Bank Note scotch, house ginger and honey syrup, fresh lemon, BrancaMenta, Velvet Falernum, 7B Blackstrap bitters; or a Marine Layer with strawberry, basil, Aylesbury Duck vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup and soda water. The bar also offers twists on classics such as the Negroni Estate, 7B G&T, and Old-Fashioned.

Settebello is located at 7864 East Coast Highway, Newport Coast, CA 92657 and is open from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please visit www.settebello.net. Settebello is on Twitter at @SettebelloPizza, on Instagram at settebellopizzeria, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SettebelloNewport.

ABOUT SETTEBELLO
Inspired by the delicate and traditional pizza served in Naples, Italy, Settebello first opened its doors in 2005 in Henderson, Nevada, to bring Napoletana-style pizza to the United States. Eight years and eight locations later, brothers Brad and Tim Otton and partner Michael Brooks opened their location in Newport Beach. All Settebello restaurants are fit with an authentic, Napoletana-style oven, which has been imported from Italy. This oven has enabled Settebello to receive the prestigious Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certification in all of their locations. In order to be eligible to receive VPN certification, Settebello has abided by the traditional restrictions set by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana.  All Settebello pizzas use the highest-quality imported ingredients from Italy, including San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Settebello is proud to continue the historical and cultural tradition of serving Napoletana-style pizza as a work of art.

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