A short walk from my house is an Italian restaurant that has recently experienced a complete makeover from the Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible”. I had eaten there several times in its previous incarnations and was curious to see the new improved version. So my brother and I and our friends Bob and Johanna dined there for my Birthday Celebration #4. The interior had been completed refigured, new furnishings and fixtures, and the ugly bar was gone. The ambiance was light and airy. The family photos and memorabilia remained and were a perfect blend of old and new.

The menu choices were many and varied – if it was not on the menu, it must not be Italian!! My choice was the special Seafood Risotto – David opted for the Meat Pizza – Mushroom Linguine for Bob – and Caprese Angel Hair Pasta for Johanna. our food was delicious beyond words!


Everything about our dining experience was delightful. The server was friendly and accommodating, and she gave us the impression that she was actually happy to wait on us. The changes at Filomena’s present a very welcoming atmosphere. They are located in a small strip mall at Newport Boulevard and Vanguard in Costa Mesa. I know their reputation for great food is growing so I don’t know how long they will remain a neighbor. But while they are here, we will walk over often.

A nice addition is their deli. You can eat there in a more casual atmosphere, drop by to stock up on some deli items, or order to go off their menu.


The Other Thing – My only complaint was that since we licked our plates, we had no room for dessert! Next time.