About Chef Alessandro


Born in Naples, Italy, Alessandro Pirozzi was the youngest of four children. His passion for cooking derives from his Nonna Ida, where he would help prepare dinner. The kitchen quickly became his sanctuary. He fell in love with the different aromas, flavors and learning the traditional techniques of preparing fresh homemade pasta. Alessandro’s love for Italian food and cooking only grew stronger, which prompted his journey to become a Certified Italian Chef and learn the cuisine from every region in Italy. He discovered regional secrets to impeccable pizza; mastered meat preparation, including the perfect veal saltimbocca and became versed in many different sauces.

The culinary journey that began for Chef Alessandro Pirozzi as a child in Southern Italy brought him to Southern California where today, he shares his time-honored family recipes to great acclaim. Combining his charming personality and passion for food, Alessandro has been bringing an authentic taste of Italy right in Orange County for over a decade through three successful restaurants (Pirozzi Corona Del Mar, Alessa by Chef Pirozzi and Salerno by Chef Pirozzi) that both locals and tourists have come to love.

Part of his recipe for success in America is not only how he has mastered the art of Italian cooking, but his devotion to using fresh ingredients to make the best possible foods. Alessandro has an herb garden growing at each location and makes many items, like handcrafted pasta and gelato, in-house daily. Pirozzi Corona Del Mar even features a wood burning oven meticulously handcrafted by artisans in Naples, Italy and imported especially for Alessandro, and this location is the only restaurant in Newport Beach certified authentic by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana.

The Chef of the Year (Riviera Magazine) invites you to his restaurants and experience fantastic food and drinks, all while creating great memories.