Show 463, February 26, 2022: Owner / Chef Enrico and Daniela Pozzuoli, Centro Storico Café Spaghetteria, Old Town Tustin

Enrico Pozzuoli of Centro Tustin

Our always well-informed, regular OC correspondent Anne Marie Panoringan, “The Voice of OC’s” food columnist, had a piece entitled, “Restaurants That Are New to Me” as her last column for 2021. One of her discoveries was Centro Storico Café Spaghetteria in Tustin. The pastas are made fresh, daily in-house by Owner / Chef Enrico Pozzuoli. The gelato is imported from Italy. It’s both as full-service restaurant and limited-service café. Closed on Monday. The adjacent Centro Eatery (known for their pizzas from the wood-burning oven) is also under the ownership of the Pozzuoli Family. We’re simmering the San Marzano Tomatoes with Proprietors Chef Enrico and Daniela Pozzuoli.

From Anne Marie’s “Voice of OC” 12-30-21 column : “Spontaneously suggested for Sunday supper one evening, Old Town Tustin’s Storico situates its tables close together. While this does accommodate additional seating and encourage a boisterous atmosphere, it also isn’t quite COVID-compliant. Despite this, fresh Italian pastas by the half and whole order (the rape e salsiccia with anchovy, broccoli rape, sausage and heirloom tomatoes was a robust choice) provide an opportunity to appreciate a second dish — or perhaps gelato? Spirited beverages including the owner’s Pouzzoli Family wines are available, yet I leaned toward Storico’s specialty tea and coffee selections. 405 El Camino Real, Tustin. (714) 258-8817.”

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Show 456, December 18, 2021: Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee, Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza Part Two

John Park of Toast Kitchen and Bakery

“From the accomplished culinary minds of Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee of foodie favorite Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa comes Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza. At Tableau, Chef Park elevates New American cuisine showcasing the inventive global influences and unexpected twists on classic dishes for which he is known. Tableau’s seafood-forward menu takes full advantage of the restaurant’s coastal location and features the freshest produce from local farms.”

“Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus offer something for every palate, from sweet to savory, salads to sandwiches, scallops to steak. A full bar with craft cocktails, draft beers and a curated wine list and Chef Park’s famous pastries complement the exciting menu selections. At Tableau Kitchen and Bar, every meal makes a difference, with a percentage of proceeds donated to local charities.”

Ed announced that a new Toast Kitchen + Bakery will open in Tustin (Tustin Legacy) in the new year.

Chef John and Ed take a further break from their busy soft opening to continue with us.

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Show 456, December 18, 2021: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

It’s the height of Holiday cooking time and Chef Andrew is here to help. He offers a few more genuinely useful Holiday Cooking Tips to make life a bit easier in your active kitchen. Stuffing makes a great side dish even when turkey is not on the table.

Also, for those in need during the Holidays Chef Andrew is continuing his tradition of providing hosted meals at the Slapfish locations in Southern California and at Big Parm (NY-style pizza) in the Mess Hall in Tustin.

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Show 453, November 27, 2021: Roxy’z Eat & Drink by Zov’s, Anaheim, with Armen Karamardian Part One

Armen Karamardian of Zovs

Roxy’z Eat & Drink by Zov’s is a new concept with a full patio in the space at the corner of E. Katella Ave. and S. State College Blvd. in Anaheim that originally opened as a Zov’s. The establishment just debuted at the start of the month. It’s a bit more casual than Zov’s. Perfect for a business lunch, a group gathering or a quick bite with a craft beer before heading off to Angel Stadium or Honda Center. Everything is scratch-made including the bar mixers. Roxy was Zov’s astute Mother and the restaurant is a loving tribute to her. Ample free parking is on-site.

On tap there is a serious bar program at Roxy’z. There are a rotating selection of Signature Cocktails and ten craft beers on tap plus a hand-selected assortment of distinctive bottled brews. Signature Cocktails include the Cucumber Greenie which is Tito’s Vodka, fresh-pressed cucumber and lime juice with pineapple/habanero shrub and house-made ginger beer. A complimentary selection of wines by the glass and bottle, too.

Naturally there is an assortment of hand-crafted pizzas on the menu. A standout is the Spicy Lamb Sausage with house-made lamb sausage, caramelized onions, pickled fresno chile, harissa, feta and organic tomato sauce. A signature is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with crispy buttermilk fried chicken, kale and napa cabbage slaw, a fresh pickle spear, chipotle and served on a toasted brioche bun. An appealing starter is the Pork Belly Hummus with slow-braised Duroc pork belly, house hummus, sumac, harissa and served with warm pita. An eye-catching dessert is the Apple Pie Pizza which is perfect for sharing.

Happy Hour is from 3 to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. $9.95 cocktails including Roxy’z House Margarita and Tito’s Moscow Mule with snacks like Eggplant Fries ($7.95) and Two Shrimp Tostados ($9.95.)

Roxy’z is part of the long-running and still growing Zov’s restaurant collection. “Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, legendary Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin, CA has become a culinary institution and a locals favorite. The restaurants feature her unique cuisine that blends contemporary with Eastern Mediterranean influences, in an upscale chic environment.”

Second generation restaurateur Armen Karamardian is our guest with a Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich at the ready.

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Show 453, November 27, 2021: Roxy’z Eat & Drink by Zov’s, Anaheim, with Armen Karamardian Part Two

Armen Karamardian of Zovs

Roxy’z Eat & Drink by Zov’s is a new concept with a full patio in the space at the corner of E. Katella Ave. and S. State College Blvd. in Anaheim that originally opened as a Zov’s. The establishment just debuted at the start of the month. It’s a bit more casual than Zov’s. Perfect for a business lunch, a group gathering or a quick bite with a craft beer before heading off to Angel Stadium or Honda Center. Everything is scratch-made including the bar mixers. Roxy was Zov’s astute Mother and the restaurant is a loving tribute to her. Ample free parking is on-site.

On tap there is a serious bar program at Roxy’z. There are a rotating selection of Signature Cocktails and ten craft beers on tap plus a hand-selected assortment of distinctive bottled brews. Signature Cocktails include the Cucumber Greenie which is Tito’s Vodka, fresh-pressed cucumber and lime juice with pineapple/habanero shrub and house-made ginger beer. A complimentary selection of wines by the glass and bottle, too.

Naturally there is an assortment of hand-crafted pizzas on the menu. A standout is the Spicy Lamb Sausage with house-made lamb sausage, caramelized onions, pickled fresno chile, harissa, feta and organic tomato sauce. A signature is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with crispy buttermilk fried chicken, kale and napa cabbage slaw, a fresh pickle spear, chipotle and served on a toasted brioche bun. An appealing starter is the Pork Belly Hummus with slow-braised Duroc pork belly, house hummus, sumac, harissa and served with warm pita. An eye-catching dessert is the Apple Pie Pizza which is perfect for sharing.

Happy Hour is from 3 to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. $9.95 cocktails including Roxy’z House Margarita and Tito’s Moscow Mule with snacks like Eggplant Fries ($7.95) and Two Shrimp Tostados ($9.95.)

Roxy’z is part of the long-running and still growing Zov’s restaurant collection. “Founded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, legendary Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin, CA has become a culinary institution and a locals favorite. The restaurants feature her unique cuisine that blends contemporary with Eastern Mediterranean influences, in an upscale chic environment.”

Second generation restaurateur Armen Karamardian continues as our guest with a Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich at the ready.

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Show 437, August 7, 2021: Yvon Goetz, Executive Chef & Partner, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Yvon Goetz of the Winery Restaurant and Bar

“As a celebration of Hatch Chile season, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is hosting an afternoon of ‘Roasting & Toasting’ on Saturday, August 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its original Tustin location. Executive Chef Yvon Goetz and Chef de Cuisine James Chavez will be live roasting Melissa’s Hatch Chile Peppers and serving them up in a variety of unique dishes. Event attendees will be able to enjoy the hatch chile-focused dishes, along with beer, tequila and live music on The Winery’s recently expanded patio, situated in the heart of The District in Tustin.”

“I always look forward to hatch peppers being in season – they deliver a great balance of flavor and heat, and get my creative juices flowing,” commented Goetz, who revealed that each event guest will go home with fresh Hatch Peppers from Melissa’s, as well as their all-new Hatch Pepper Cookbook to help guide them in creating dishes at home. “One of the highlights of this event is live roasting the hatch peppers – this method adds a smoky flavor to the chile as the sugars in the pepper caramelize. Delicious.”

“Space for this event is limited and tickets are $55+ per guest. Ticket price includes Hatch Chile featured dishes, select beer and tequila, a copy of Melissa’s Hatch Pepper Cookbook, and a Melissa’s tote filled with fresh hatch peppers. All tickets must be purchased in advance by calling The Winery Restaurant in Tustin at 714-258-7600.”

“The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar pairs contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting, to create an elevated dining experience. Located at The District in Tustin, overlooking the Marina in Newport Beach, and at Westfield UTC in La Jolla, The Winery culinary team is led by Executive Chef & Partner Yvon Goetz.”

Chef Yvon is our guest with Hatch Peppers in hand.

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Show 422, April 24, 2021: Yvon Goetz, Executive Chef & Partner, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Yvon Goetz of the Winery Restaurant and Bar

“For the first time since opening nearly 14 years ago, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has introduced a new Weekend Brunch at its original Tustin location. Created by Executive Chef & Partner Yvon Goetz, the Brunch menu features both breakfast and lunch offerings that are available Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guests now enjoy Weekend Brunch on The Winery’s recently expanded patio, situated in the heart of The District in Tustin.”

“Chef Goetz’s Weekend Brunch menu puts a Wine Country twist on brunch favorites with dishes like Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes, Crab & Egg White Frittata, and Steak & Eggs. More significant brunch options include a classic French Benedict and Chef Goetz’s signature short ribs in a Zinfandel Braised Beef Short Rib Omelet. Those looking for lighter options may opt for one of four fresh salads with choice of protein, or lifestyle-focused options like Vegan Mushroom & Lentil Ragout. The menu also highlights Chef Goetz’s love for Pacific Rim flavorings and fresh line-caught fish in dishes such as Icelandic Salmon “a la Plancha” and Jumbo Maine Scallops & White Shrimp.”

The Newport Beach location of The Winery is also participating in Newport Beach Restaurant Week (ending May 2nd) with Chef Yvon’s 3-course, prix fixe Dinner menu available at $65 per guest. Main Course options include Grilled Brandt Flatiron Steak, Jumbo Maine Scallops & Wild White Shrimp and Zinfandel Braised Angus Beef Shortrib.

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Show 391, September 19, 2020: Armen Karamardian, Zov’s Bistro, Tustin (and Irvine & Newport Coast)

Armen Karamardian of ZovsFounded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, legendary Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin, CA has become a culinary institution. Serving her unique cuisine that blends contemporary with Eastern Mediterranean influences, in an upscale chic environment. There are now also Zov’s restaurants in Newport Coast, Irvine and Anaheim (temporarily on hiatus.) The Tustin, Irvine and Newport Coast locations are currently serving Family Meals and Takeout Menu items curbside. Also serving guests again for dine-in at 25 per cent capacity.

Tailgating in Tustin (in the parking lot) with live music on the Café patio returns for Happy Hour and Dinner (twice a month) on Saturday, September 19th. Guests can also dine under the stars on the Café patio. Guests can order ahead from Zov’s take-out menu along with the wine and cocktail list. Because of space limitations and safety requirements reservations are required.

New from Zov’s Catering are value-priced, individual meals that are table-ready. Sealed utensils are included.

“Family support has constantly been Zov’s foundation and inspiration throughout her culinary career. Zov, in addition to her husband, Gary, her son Armen, and her daughter Taleene, have created a rare family business recipe that has taken comforting creations of the family kitchen blended with Chef Zov’s culinary artistry.”

2nd generation Karamardian Family member, Armen, joins us with the updates and looks to the future.

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Show 379, June 27, 2020: The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar with Founding Partner & Wine Director William Lewis

Sir William Lewis of the Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar in TustinThe Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar matches contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting, to create a cutting-edge dining experience. Located at The District in Tustin, overlooking the Marina in Newport Beach, and at Westfield UTC in La Jolla, The Winery culinary team is led by Executive Chef & Partner Yvon Goetz.” The other Founding Partners are JC Clow and Wine Director William Lewis.

All of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar restaurants have reopened for dine-in. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar locations offer a warm and passionate menu complemented by the perfect wines – almost endless possibilities and something to suit every palate.

Wine Director & Founding Partner William Lewis will update us on what is available currently and what they were able to offer their guests during the ban on dine-in.

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Show 373, May 16, 2020: Restaurateur Armen Karamardian, Zov’s Bistro & Bakery

Armen Karamardian of ZovsFounded in 1987 by Chef Zov Karamardian, legendary Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin, CA has become a culinary institution. Serving her unique cuisine that blends contemporary with Eastern Mediterranean influences, in an upscale, chic environment. There are now also Zov’s restaurants in Newport Coast, Irvine and Anaheim. Irvine, currently, is undergoing a needed major refreshening.

The Tustin and Newport Coast locations are serving Family Meals and Takeout Menu items curbside. Zov’s General Store at the Tustin location offers a selection of gourmet groceries for curbside pickup.

“Family support has constantly been Zov’s foundation and inspiration throughout her culinary career. Zov, in addition to her husband, Gary, her son Armen, and her daughter Taleene, have created a rare family business recipe that has taken comforting creations of the family kitchen blended with Chef Zov’s culinary artistry.”

“Over the years, the Bistro in Tustin has greatly expanded into 14,000 sq. ft., encompassing an award-winning bakery, acclaimed Bistro, a luxurious private dining room, specialty foods gourmet market, cooking classes and a busy catering division that brings Zov’s culinary style to homes and special events throughout Southern California.”

2nd Generation Karamardian Family member & restaurateur, Armen, joins us with the details and looks to the future.

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