If you’ve ever made pasta at home, then you probably recognize the name Barilla from those infamous blue pasta boxes or pasta sauces. Now there’s a new way to enjoy their products at the new Casa Barilla restaurant located in the South Coast Plaza mall! With three existing restaurant locations in NYC, the South Coast location will be the second California location to open (the first can be found at USC). Every one of their restaurants is designed a bit differently, but this fast casual dining concept is the goal for future expansions.
Casa Barilla’s menu was designed by Executive Chef Alfonso Sanna and focuses on providing healthy dishes using the same wholesome and fresh ingredients that Italians use every day to create a meal that’s both good for you and the planet.
The restaurant has a very clean design with an open kitchen to see the chefs at work. For seating, there’s tables for all party sizes as the restaurant fits a maximum occupancy of 71 customers. You’ll also see a cafe bar upon entering where you can order drinks or pastries either while you’re dining or to-go.
When you glance over the menu, you’ll notice plenty of indicators showing what’s vegan, vegetarian, or good for the planet. You also have the additional option to choose a pasta that’s wholegrain, organic, or even gluten-free. The menu offers a wide variety of pasta, pizzas, and panini’s with a majority of items being under 800 calories to promote a healthier diet. What’s also interesting is that every pasta that’s being used can be bought in the Barilla boxes found at your local grocery store!
Currently, Casa Barilla is offering a family deal every day after 3PM where you can double the portion of any pasta listed on their menu for $18.50. The order will come out in a larger pan and is meant to serve 2, perfect for those who’d like to share. For larger families, there’s a 4 person option for $35.
Casa Barilla is located right below Din Tai Fung (next to Sears) replacing one of the spaces where Rainforest Cafe used to be. The fast casual dining restaurant is a great addition to the existing residents that South Coast has to offer. If you do check them out, I’d love to hear what your favorite dish was in the comments below!
Recommendations: Rustica Pizza
Location: 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
For More Info: http://www.barillarestaurants.com/
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