Located at Brookhurst and Adams in Huntington Beach, Crivello’s has been in business for 19 years. Our waiter has been there for 15. They must know something about Italian to have lasted so long. They have a very faithful following – as witness my dining partner for lunch, Julie. This place is one of her favorites.

We ate in the covered patio. It was another hot day in Orange County, but there were ceiling fans. Pasta is one of my obsessions, but the swordfish special sounded tasty. The green salad was crisp and fresh and the vinaigrette one of the best I have tasted. It is the only dressing they serve. Swordfish steak was cut a bit thin so it was a little overcooked. It was still flavorful though, and the fresh spinach with basil pesto cram sauce accompaniment was delicious – as was the penne arrabiata.


Shared dessert was white chocolate gelato. It was so creamy, and with bits of white chocolate in there as little taste bud surprises.

The Other Thing – Crivello’s is well known for their incredible wine tastings and food pairings. They are different each time. August 29th features wines from Coppolla Winery in Geyserville, CA.  Check that out!