Award winning Chef Alessandro Pirozzi invites you to his Pirozzi Culinary Collection locations Alessa Laguna Beach and Mare Culinary Lounge in Laguna Beach.
Pirozzi grew up in Naples, Italy, the youngest of four children and the only boy. Life was challenging for him, with a lot of persistent teasing from his sisters. His grandmother, Nonna Ida, whom he loved dearly, recognized his situation and invited Pirozzi to help her in the kitchen while she prepared the evening meals.
“She had a rich, traditional style of cooking, always using fresh herbs and vegetables from her garden,” Pirozzi recalled. “Nonna Ida shared her special secrets with me to preparing and then eating great food. She focused on using fresh herbs, telling me they are the ingredients to successful meals.
Pirozzi’s passion for food and his quest to become certified became his way of life and prompted him to learn the cuisine from every region in Italy. He discovered regional secrets to impeccable pizza; mastered meat preparation, including the perfect veal saltimbocca and became versed in many different sauces. Following the great success of the Alessa family of restaurants Pirozzi opened his new Mare Culinary Lounge in mid-May. The new restaurant and lounge offers traditional Italian cuisine with Pirozzi’s unique flair for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and features a late night menu.