Written by Susan Irby
Photos courtesy of JC Creative, Inc.
The sounds of Dean Martin waft through the air—mingled with the aroma of freshly baked bread. Classic Italian wines await beside a cozy fireplace. After a two-year closure, Ti Amo Laguna Beach owner Victoria Scala re-opened the former historic home-turned-restaurant with a refreshed romantic interior and an exceptional menu helmed by general manager and executive chef, Massimo Ghalami. Sharing an equal enthusiasm for greeting guests at the front of the house and for creating palate-wowing dishes, Ghalami notes, “I love people. Cooking food is a passion that brings people together, making everything worthwhile.”
Helming the restaurant’s self-proclaimed “scratch kitchen,” Ghalami and his team produce everything in-house. Make sure to ask for the “off-the-menu” Octopus Carpaccio with lemon vinaigrette, grape tomato, shaved celery and arugula. Among other house specialties: Housemade Fettuccine with eggplant, fresh tomatoes, caramelized onion, garlic and fresh basil; and fresh fish selections like Halibut with lobster ravioli, spinach and saffron in a white wine butter sauce. For dessert, the Apple Tarte Tatin is served with vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce.
With its recently refreshed interior and exceptional menu, Ti Amo will make you fall in love with classic Italian fare all over again.
TI AMO 31727 Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach ~ 949.499.5350 | TiAmoLaguna.com