This restaurant is not located in a typical place, but nestled at the base of one of the many Irvine Corporate buildings off Michelson and Von Karman, just a stone’s throw away from John Wayne Airport. Since its in a corporate area, parking is is regulated. You have a choice for valet parking for $4 or self parking (and get your ticket validated by the restaurant).
I was surprised, however that the restaurant did not offered us the “express lunch” as posted on their web site http://www.pregoristoranti.com/express-lunch but was given the dinner menu. Well, just because lunch was on the boss didn’t mean I should go crazy.
I opted to stick with pasta, and had the Pappardelle Rustiche, a homemade, large flat pasta, similar to say lasagna noodles but not as wide. It was topped with tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, rucola (which I mistook for spinach) and EVOO, extra virgin olive oil for $18. It was a meatless pasta, and yet had plenty of flavor. I think if it had meat, like a sweet Italian sausage, or bolognese sauce, the dish would have been even better. Overall a thumbs up.
My coworkers ordered soups, other pastas, and one even had the chicken. They all seemed pleased with their choices. Service was good, and drinks were refilled often. The staff did not rush us, and boxed our food to take home.