CONSISTENTLY EXCELLENT. I think the prior reviewer might have been having withdrawl from Pizza Hut. Allegria has long been one of my wife and my favorite local places and is possibly the most consistant that I know of. Even among the higher end places, my complaint is often the inconsistancy but Allegria is batting around 990. Although not dirt cheap it is very affordable compared to other places serving comparable cuisine. Regarding the complaints about service, I have very rarely found them slow enough to complain about however if you are in a huge hurry to eat and make the theatre or some such, maybe you should consider Denny's. The service is what I would call relatively relaxed and layed back but never rude. I prefer a waiter who is conversational and relaxed to one who drools on you and makes you feel uncomfortable trying to treat you like royalty. I don't see how anyone with a sophisticated pallette could not love Allegria. The pizza mare is simply killer with shrimp, baby clams in the shell and calamari and the sea food is always exceptional.
All around wonderful experience. My husband and I had the pleasure of dining at Allegria in Malibu last weekend. Not only was the food incredibly good the service was excellent and the manager even came to our table to introduce himself and make sure our dining experience was excellent, which it was. The pasta was the best I have ever had and my husbands osso buco was superb. The wine list was quite extensive and the server was very helpful in choosing an excellent wine to go with my meal. Overall we had such a great dining experience, I will definetly be back many, many times to Allegria. So if you love great Italian food and a romantic atmosphere I would tell you go to Allegria you will not be disappointed!
Horrible horrible food; rude servers. Please do not go, for the love of all that is holy! Seriously, the food is quite mediocre and the servers are really rude. They are impatient, do not smile, and are not helpful. Have you ever boiled pasta, thrown in some oil and vegetables and under-seasoned it? If so, you are not missing anything. Stay home and save your money--it's quite expensive for the quality.
regular favorite. Whenever I'm in Malibu, I love to stop in Allegria's and eat. I've tried everything on their menu and I love it! The pizzas are the best!! but it's not the only favorite thing on the menu. The veal scallopini is sooooo good!! And the carpaccio and calamari affogatti are some of my favorite appetizers. The atmosphere is romantic. The only downside I can think of is when ignorant Malibu parents let their kids run around the restaurant like it's jimboree....i've only seen that a couple times, but it's annoying in any restaurant when parents dont' know how to control their kids. The service I feel was great! Especially from Pino and Fabio, who have been there forever! I highly recommend this restaurant!!
Outstanding food, sloooww service. We've been looking for true Tuscan food in LA for a long time, finally found a place that is very, very close to the real thing. The fettucini ragu and lobster risotto were outstanding, brought back many fond memories of the excellent food we experienced in Florence. Warm chocolate cake should not be missed! Only negative is that the service was basically non-existent, and we waited longer than we ate. However, the food more than makes up for the service (or lack of), which is really a testament to the chef. Prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity. Ambiance was relaxed, casual, family style. With a little more consistency and attention to service, Allegria could be one of the best N. Italian restaurants in LA. Overall, would recommend others to try this restaurant, but be forewarned about the inconsistent service.
One of Malibu's Best!. As a student at Pepperdine Law School, we didn't have many options for affordable eating that actually tastes good too. But this place is amazing! Their food is always fresh and the service is fantastic, especially if you have the guy with the big moustache serving you... My wife and I were there last week and I had the Osso Buco with gnocchi. Wow, not only did it taste fantastic, but it could have fed two people! The restaurant itself is cozy and you feel like your in an Italian family osteria. This place is even better than most of the more expensive places in Malibu. Definitely worth many return trips...
TV Dinner. If you want to have a TV dinner in a nice attmosphere with a MALIBU attitude, this place is highly recommended. We went there this past weekend and were totally disappointed with the food and service. We order the caramari fritte and it was chewvy and the crust has no flavor, the veal dish was so bad that we had to sent it back (the waitress said that 'IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, IT YOUR TASTE') just to get this terrible porkchops. We did not even finish the meal when we asked for the bill and rushed out!!
The real deal.
This place has it all: execellent food, decor, scenery, and service.
Whenever I have out of town visitors, I take them to Allegria because I know it's gonna be a sure hit. The food is fresh and one can tell they don't use ordinary ingredients. The pizzas are very thin and crisp; the fish are the type you don't find in most other places. Good wine selection. The desserts are not overly sweet.
just like mamma. Wow! Save yourself a trip to tuscany. This is as close as it gets to my mother's cooking and she is from there. Also the staff is as if they are still in the old country. If you want the real thing, this guys have it.
Stellar Italian country cooking catches the perfect wave in Malibu..
Relaxed and alluring Mediterranean ambience, midrange prices and rapturously authentic food--it's clear why Allegria is a wildly popular Malibu destination. Stars and producers lounge in one cozy corner, while surfer dudes and their well-bronzed dates share Chianti under the bougainvillea-draped patio.
Rustic Italian cooking at its best--sophisticated and unpretentious, a seamless blending of seaside luster and country earthiness. Dazzling appetizers abound, including Santa Barbara black mussels, which resonate in a lemon-herb cream sauce. Pastas are excellent, from the simplest preparation to richer and more luxurious fare. Lobster tortelloni, swathed in a satiny saffron sauce, is flavored with ripe tomatoes and fresh asparagus; a creamy and fragrant truffle risotto lingers blissfully on the palate. Traditional meat dishes are hearty and satisfying, such as the rich roasted lamb shank served over fettuccine, and the tender veal scaloppine with porcini mushrooms and artichoke hearts in a Marsala cream sauce.
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