Pelican Hill Announces Festa Dell’autunno Wine Dinner Guest Chef From Italy’s Acclaimed San Domenico Ristorante

Chef Massimiliano Mascia Showcases Italian Gastronomic Traditions during Five-Star Resort’s Festa dell’Autunno Wine Dinner at Southern California’s Andrea Ristorante

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., June 24, 2014 – As a special epicurean experience to begin the fourth annual Festa dell’Autunno weekend, Andrea Ristorante at The Resort at Pelican Hill® will feature guest Chef Massimiliano Mascia from Ristorante San Domenico, one of Italy’s finest Michelin Star restaurants in Imola. Chef Mascia’s multi-course dinner menu, inspired by the freshest autumn ingredients, will be available exclusively on the evening of Friday, October 10.

“Chef Mascia’s authentic culinary creations are deeply rooted in the Italian gastronomic tradition, which his family has passionately celebrated since Bologna’s acclaimed Ristorante San Domenico opened more than four decades ago,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “Growing up in a family-owned restaurant, Chef Mascia worked alongside his grandparents since his teenage years and now leads San Domenico’s culinary arts and kitchen operations.”

Ristorante San Domenico, a two-star Michelin restaurant, offers epicureans “the possibility to know and appreciate the astounding cuisine of Italian nobles.” As Chef Mascia strives to serve his guests pure joy, his kitchen thrives on continuous evolution in “techniques at the service of tradition.” Andrea will showcase Chef Mascia’s authentic cuisine with seasonal dishes, including Egg Yolk Ravioli San Domenico, Rosemary Roasted Quail and Stuzzichini featuring robiola cheese, polenta and white truffle fondue. The complete menu is available at

Over the weekend of October 10-12, The Resort at Pelican Hill® presents Festa dell’Autunno, an autumn festival that brings the traditions of Italy to Southern California’s own Tuscan seaside village. Pelican Hill’s festive autumn series of events invites locals and Resort guests to experience authentic Italian cuisine, live entertainment, art and children’s activities. Festa dell’Autunno weekend experiences include:

Guest Chef Wine Dinner at Andrea Ristorante
Friday, October 10 from 6 – 10 p.m.
Savor a multi-course dinner inspired by the freshest autumn ingredients, paired with Italian wines and presented by guest chef Massimiliano Mascia from Ristorante San Domenico, one of Italy’s finest Michelin Star restaurants in Imola.
$195 per person

Italian Street Festa
Saturday, October 11 from noon – 5 p.m.
From regional Italian cuisine and wine to live music and visual arts, experience a traditional celebration of the harvest season along the Resort’s olive tree-lined Bungalow lanes.
$120 per adult, $55 per child under age 12

Festa dell’Unitá
Saturday, October 11 from 6 – 10 p.m.
Celebrate the flavors of autumn with a festive al fresco dining experience, with lively music and dancing in a rustic outdoor setting.
$140 per person

Carnevale dei Bambini at Camp Pelican
Saturday, October 11
Pelican Hill’s children’s retreat presents Festa dell’Autunno weekend activities for locals and guests alike. Designed for ages 4-12, Camp Pelican’s Children’s Carnival includes special afternoon and evening sessions:

  • Afternoon Session from noon – 5 p.m.
    Children learn traditional Italian dancing, create their own artistic masterpieces of hand-decorated flags and Venetian masks, and dress up in classic Renaissance-style costumes for a Street Festa procession under the guidance of Italian flag performers!
    $95 per child
  • Evening Session from 6 – 10 p.m.
    Resort chefs teach the art of pizza-making, from rolling dough and making sauce to grating cheese and adding toppings. This interactive evening of fun with food also includes popcorn and a movie.
    $75 per child

Under the California Sun Jazz Brunch
Sunday, October 12 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Festa weekend concludes with an ocean-view outdoor brunch, including endless Prosecco mimosas and performances by a jazz trio.
$100 per adult, $40 per child under age 12

Festa Weekend Bungalow Package
Available October 11, 2014
Enjoy the complete Festa dell’Autunno experience with a Bungalow stay along Via Capri, two adult tickets to Saturday’s Italian Street Festa and two adult tickets to Sunday’s Under the California Sun Jazz Brunch. Receive a special Festa dell’Autunno weekend welcome amenity with our compliments.
Starting from $775 per night, plus applicable taxes, for double occupancy garden-view Bungalow guest rooms.

Complete details, including menus for each event, are available at For reservations and information by phone, please contact Pelican Hill’s Festa reservation specialists at 855-55-FESTA. Advance purchase recommended, as ticket quantities are limited. All pricing is inclusive of tax and service charges, unless otherwise noted.

About Pelican Hill®
Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill® features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report; as Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2013 & 2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100” World’s Best Hotels (2011 Readers’ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011).

The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About the Irvine Company
The Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management.  The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California.  As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.