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Review of Spaghettini in Seal Beach
Chilean Sea Bass Cut Open

Review of Spaghettini in Seal Beach

Spaghettini

Spaghettini a Southern California Restaurant that stands the test of time

If you have driven he 405 freeway between Orange County and Long Beach, you have inevitably seen the Spaghettini sign as you sped down the road. 

For folks like me, Spaghetiini was just a restaurant in Seal Beach that, “I will try one days.” Apparently I have been missing out for quite some time, Spaghettini has a loyal following. 

Spaghettini Exterior

Spaghettini is located in Seal Beach, just off the 405 freeway

I was recently invited in my Spaghettini to try their food  and provide honest feedback on  their dishes. I was expecting stodgy dishes, although I found that Spaghettini has been keeping up with culinary trends.

In addition, I found that the restaurant was  packed with customers on a weekday night.    

Spaghettini interior

Spaghettini interior

What makes Spaghettini able to bring in the crowds when the average cost of a dish ranges from $24 to $35 on a weekday? For me, it is the food. The Spaghettini menu at its heart is Italian, although the menu is very much California cuisine.

 

What we sampled at Spaghettini

The following are the items that we tasted at Spaghettini. Since this was a tasting, the portion sizes are about a ¼ of what you would be normally served. 

Bread Service

I have always written in my posts that you can tell a lot about the restaurant by the quality of the bread service. Spaghettini ‘s bread service was a great omen for the rest of the night. We were served focaccia and crunchy  baguette. The bread is delicious and served with balsamic and olive oil.

Spaghettini Bread Service

Spaghettini Bread Service was a great omen for the rest of the night

Ahi Nicoise

This dish was the Chef’s special the day we visited. This play on the classic Nicoise is light and delicious. It is made with fresh Ahi tuna, Haricot vert, fingerling potato, baby arugula, parsley, and kalamata olive oil vinaigrette.  

I could have eaten a full plate of this dish, as it was perfectly light for a hot day.  ($16)

Spaghettini Nicoise

Ahi Nicoise

The Perfect Pear Martini

The Perfect Pear martini is also light and refreshing and it tastes like summer in a martini glass. It was perfect for washing down that Ahi Nicoise.

Spaghettini The Perfect Pear Martini

Spaghettini The Perfect Pear Martini

It is made with Grey Goose le Paire Vodka, Domaine de Canton, St. Germaine, pear puree, lemon juice, and sage syrup. I really liked how the martini had floating slivers of ice in the cocktail and on the rim of the glass.

The natural flavor of pear from the puree really shines through.

Yellow Corn Agnolotti

This dish blew my mind. I never ever order pasta when I go out, as I can usually make better handmade pasta than many restaurants. The exception is when the chef makes something special that is beyond my skill level.

Spaghettini Yellow Corn Agnolotti

Yellow Corn Agnolotti

The Yellow Corn Agnolotti is on such example where the Chef literally blew my expectations out of the water. Agnolotti pasta, which are typical of the Piedmont region of Italy, might remind you of a flat and creamy ravioli.

 It is made with flattened pasta dough, folded over corn flavored mascarpone.  The Agnolotti is dressed with Parmigiano-Reggiano, butter, yellow corn, and Brussels sprout leafs. Each bit is soft and creamy. ($22)

Butternut Squash Ravioli

The butternut squash ravioli is another one of their house made pasta dishes. Just like the Agnolotti, it is handmade and very impressive

Spaghettini Butternut Squash Ravioli

Butternut Squash Ravioli

 The ravioli stuffing is made with a well-balanced sweetened butternut squash filling that is creamy and luscious. The butternut squash ravioli is served with an amazing browned butter and garnished with sea salt, Brussels sprout leaves, and sage.

This is a wonderfully rich dish should be enjoyed with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.  ($22)

Spaghettini Butternut Squash Ravioli split open

Spaghettini Butternut Squash Ravioli split open

Duck Breast

Spaghettini ‘s play on duck breast incorporates sweet and several types of savory to create a wonderful dish. The duck breast is roasted to a perfect hard pink and garnished with Masumoto peach, miso and hazlenuts.

Spaghettini Duck Breast

Duck Breast with Masumoto peach, miso and hazlenuts

The result is a rich duck breast flavor that alternates between rich umami to sweet flavors in each bite. 

I highly recommend that you incorporate Brussels sprout leaves, potato, peach with each bite of duck to really capture that deep flavors in this dish. ($31)

Chilean Sea Bass

For me, this is the best dish served at Spaghettini. The Chilean sea bass is one of the original recipes served and remains the signature dish on the menu. When I tell folks that I tried Spaghettini, they always ask, “did you try the Sea Bass?.”

Spaghettini Chilean Sea Bass

Chilean Sea Bass coated in a soft Parmesan crust and is placed on a very creamy bed of Yukon gold potato purée

After my first bite of the dish, I quickly understood why it is so popular.

The Chilean Sea Bass is coated in a soft Parmesan crust and is placed on a very creamy bed of Yukon gold potato purée. This fish and potato are then topped with a very creamy citrus butter. The result is an indulgent dish that plays off the creamy element and the sweet buttery fish into a well synthesized dish.

Spaghettini Chilean Sea Bass Cut Open

Chilean Sea Bass Cut Open

The Sea Bass made my eyes roll back for a second. If this dish was illegal, I would be arrested, as I became instantly addicted.  ($40)

Carrot Cake

The carrot cake was extremely impressive. It is thick, wide and chocked full of sweet carrots, walnuts, and pineapple. The cake is layered and finished with cream cheese frosting and coconut flakes.

Spaghettini Carrot Cake e1407177877123

Carrot Cake

The use of natural fruit sugars created a very balanced carrot cake that allowed both the cake and sugars to equally shine through. This is one of the better carrot cakes that I have tasted. ($12)

Boston Cream Pie

Boston cream pie is my true dessert weakness and I will always order it, if on the menu. This iconic dish is rarely served in Southern California was I was straight up giddy when I saw it on the menu.

Spaghettini Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

Spaghettini’s version interlaces three layers vanilla cake with vanilla bean custard. The entire pie is covered in a rich chocolate ganache.

 It tasted as good as it looked. The vanilla bean custard shined through as the star ingredient and the cake and chocolate ganache provided the right balance. I will be ordering this dessert again.    ($12)

Spaghettini Boston Cream Pie Cut Open

Boston Cream Pie Cut Open

 

 My Final Thoughts

If you have yet to visit Spaghetiini, you should. I was extremely impressed by the food, excellent tableside service and overall customer service. It is clear to me that Spaghettini long ago perfected their game both from a culinary and employee engagement perspective.   I was pretty impressed by my visit and will return again soon.  Tom’s Foodie Blog recommends Spaghettini.

Spaghettini Staff

The Spaghettini Staff really makes the restaurant. The food was excellent, although the staff is the true x-factor that makes Spaghettini a success.

If you don’t do lunch or dinner, be sure to try out their Sunday Brunch. It includes an Italian and breakfast buffet and your choice of entrée. For $58, you will be stuffed all this food plus a live jazz performance sponsored by 94.7 the Wave. 

Spaghettini Grill  and Jazz Club Address

3005 Old Ranch Parkway

Seal Beach, California 90740  

 Tel: 562.596.2199

http://www.spaghettinisb.com/
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About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

12 comments

  1. Great restaurant with great dishes.

  2. Been there and it’s a great place. Glad to hear it’s still there.

  3. Wow! Everything looks just fabulous. (I wonder Tom, when people have been reading your blog for a while, do they get hungry when they meet you?)

  4. Bradley Finnearty

    I love sea food, and that Sea Bass looks absolutely fantastic.

  5. My Doctor recommends me to eat more of Sea foods. I Think I’m gonna love Spaghettini Restaurant. Great dishes!

  6. Daniele Holmberg

    OMG! I love this place! I cannot wait to go back to enjoy the sea bass and the buffet and try a variety of other new items! :)

  7. Your review makes me want to find this restaurant right now! Thanks!

  8. Wow is right
    It is so hard to come by a real creative Italian restaurant.
    This one made me hungry

  9. I love getting a great combination of good food and wine and excellent service

  10. It was a pleasure serving you and Daniele!! Thanks for the great write-up!!! Hope to see you soon!!

    • Hi Terri! Thanks for finding my blog post about Spaghettini and leaving a comment! We really enjoyed the food and your excellent service! Spaghettini is lucky they have you part of the team!

  11. One can never go wrong with spaghetti.

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