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Antonello Ristorante is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a call for guests to share photos of themselves taken inside the restaurant. Whether you were celebrating a birthday, anniversary, romantic dinner for two or lunch with friends, staff are requesting printed photos from those occasions and will assemble them into a collage and display them in the foyer. Those participating will receive a complimentary bottle of Hello Kitty Pinot Bianco wine to take home (limit one bottle per table/family).

Chef/owner Antonio Cagnolo opened Antonello at South Coast Plaza Village in 1979, he was discovered by the shopping center’s founder Henry Segerstrom who offered him the opportunity to open his own restaurant. Antonello Ristorante was an instant success and the Cagnolo became a local celebrity known not only for serving Orange County’s best Italian food, but as a humanitarian who has supported countless nonprofits over the years. His involvement in various charity fundraisers has generated tens of millions of dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, Marconi Foundation for Kids, CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County), the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which named him “Man of the Year.”

Cagnolo’s many awards include the prestigious Circle of Fame Awards, Golden Scepter Awards and being named “Restaurateur of the Year” by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. He also has been recognized as a culinary trendsetter with Antonello being one of the only restaurants in OC to prepare flambé dishes table-side. Cagnolo began his culinary career after attending hotel and restaurant management schools in Germany. Following graduation, he was appointed to oversee food and beverage operations for the Royal Garden Hotel in London and, later, was involved in managing the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. He opened Antonello Ristorante in 1979 and also owns Quattro and Antonello Espresso Bar, both located at South Coast Plaza.

Highly rated in the noted Zagat Guide for several years, Antonello Ristorante is located at 3800 Plaza Drive, at South Coast Plaza Village. Call (714) 751-7153 for reservations and visit www.antonello.com for more information.

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Antonello Ristorante is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a call for guests to share photos of themselves taken inside the restaurant. Whether you were celebrating a birthday, anniversary, romantic dinner for two or lunch with friends, staff are requesting printed photos from those occasions and will assemble them into a collage and display them in the foyer. Those participating will receive a complimentary bottle of Hello Kitty Pinot Bianco wine to take home (limit one bottle per table/family).

Chef/owner Antonio Cagnolo opened Antonello at South Coast Plaza Village in 1979, he was discovered by the shopping center’s founder Henry Segerstrom who offered him the opportunity to open his own restaurant. Antonello Ristorante was an instant success and the Cagnolo became a local celebrity known not only for serving Orange County’s best Italian food, but as a humanitarian who has supported countless nonprofits over the years. His involvement in various charity fundraisers has generated tens of millions of dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, Marconi Foundation for Kids, CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County), the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which named him “Man of the Year.”

Cagnolo’s many awards include the prestigious Circle of Fame Awards, Golden Scepter Awards and being named “Restaurateur of the Year” by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. He also has been recognized as a culinary trendsetter with Antonello being one of the only restaurants in OC to prepare flambé dishes table-side. Cagnolo began his culinary career after attending hotel and restaurant management schools in Germany. Following graduation, he was appointed to oversee food and beverage operations for the Royal Garden Hotel in London and, later, was involved in managing the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. He opened Antonello Ristorante in 1979 and also owns Quattro and Antonello Espresso Bar, both located at South Coast Plaza.

Highly rated in the noted Zagat Guide for several years, Antonello Ristorante is located at 3800 Plaza Drive, at South Coast Plaza Village. Call (714) 751-7153 for reservations and visit www.antonello.com for more information.

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