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Mascarpone’s, Orange, CA » wandering tummie



Mar 15

Mascarpone’s, Orange, CA



Mascarpone's Italian, Orange, CA

It was my good friend’s birthday, so I gave her the honor of picking her own place to go for dinner. 🙂 Being a considerate friend that she is, she picked one close to me. Mascarpone’s in Orange (she likes Italian food more than I do.) Being that I was still a vegetarian up to this point, I figured I could always request for a dish to be made without meat.

Coming to this place is tricky. It’s very hard to miss from the street. You really have to look for it. Approaching it, you would most likely miss the drive way into their parking lot. Her 20/20 vision saw this dark alley-like driveway and told me to turn in. I was scared. LOL. But I drove up anyway, and turns out, we ended up in the back of the restaurant. Or the front, I don’t know.

Upon entering, we were asked if we had reservations. I guess they’re big on taking reservations? It was our first time there so we said, “No”, then this nice lady said to hold tight while she gets us seated. Mental note: call in advance.

Finally seated in this other dark room of the restaurant, rather homely filled with people much older than us. The brochetta (pictured on left) sounded delicious so I got that for appetizer. Four pieces of crispy bread topped with tomato bits, mint, and blue cheese. That and the free cheesy bread pretty much filled us up. For entree I went for the Santa Fe pasta with white creamy sauce; and because I requested it to be vegetarian (and spicy!), it was filled with onions, sun-dried tomatoes (that could trick your brain into thinking they’re pepperonis), topped with grated cheese (pictured on right). No meat. I’m not a big fan of Italian simply because it’s so filling. If anything I would’ve gone for a meaty tomato sauce instead of anything that’s remotely like fettucini alfredo because it’s just too creamy and buttery for me taste. But overall, my dish was good.

My friend made a joke that she knows why the restaurant was so dark – that’s because they don’t want you to see how much oil and butter is in the food. She was right. My leftover the next day was swimming in oil and butter. Yikes!

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