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15 Moraga Way Orinda, CA 94563


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I feel like I frequently give five stars but I hope that doesn’t dilute this review. La Piazza has always been impressive to me. I used to get it delivered to the house when my parents went out for dinner. Veal piccata to die for and the beef carpaccio is the best you’ll find since Alexander’s closed back in the day. … My brother always gets the rigatoni and although I tell my mom hers is the best I’ve ever eaten, La Piazza takes the cake. Tomatoey, creamy, meaty, awesome. The perfect place to come before or after a movie across the street.

Maggie P., New York, NY

Drop whatever you’re doing and go have some gnocchi here. It is hands-down, the most perfect gnocchi I’ve had on this side of the Atlantic. I ordered it with the mushroom cream sauce (that wasn’t listed as the gnocchi sauce, but they substituted with no problem.) The texture was light, yet toothy. The sauce held to it perfectly.

Adriana V., Berkeley, CA

I love this little Italian restaurant in Orinda. Located right across the street from the Orinda Movie Theater. I’ve been coming here for years. They have a wood brick oven and their pasta is Delicious! I always order their Cesar salad (they make their own croutons) with the Rigatoni De la Pimontes (Delish!).

Vanessa S., Walnut Creek, CA

Love this place! Always solidly good food, super hospitable, welcoming owner and environment. I had the linguine and clams….so tasty. Every thing/dish I have ever had there I love…..its a good neighborhood place with good prices and consistently good food!

T S., San Francisco, CA

La Piazza is so much more than just a convenient restaurant to squeeze in a meal before you see a movie across the street. I have been to La Piazza a handful of times over the years. I am always so impressed by the friendly, accommodating service, and the wonderful food in a casual-chic dining atmosphere.

Ron J., Walnut Creek, CA

YUM! I wanted to try everything on the menu and had the hardest time picking one thing. We came here for a birthday dinner and only had 5 people so we couldn’t make a reservation but we didn’t have to wait too long. My parents and I split the carpaccio which was different than what I’m used to with the red onion in it but I liked it a lot. I ordered the Gnocchi Louisiana which was gnocchi and andouille sausage in a spicy creole sauce. It was amazing! I tried my dad’s fettuccine pesto dish and it was great as well. The waitress was incredibly friendly and the whole experience was a pleasure. I will be back to try more things on the menu!

Amanda K., Walnut Creek, CA

All around great place. Clean, good food, responsive service and priced about right for the portion size.

Nikolaj K., Orinda, CA

Honest food at honest prices, with friendly service. I really enjoy the Chicken Marsala, and every time I get it, it is as good as the last time. I really like the fact that the food is simple and there is no pretense about what they’re offering. You want Spaghetti Bolognese they that’s what you’ll get: pasta with a great tomato meat sauce, which is how it should be. It’ nice to find a place where every time you go you see the same staff, the same people in the kitchen and the owner: Charles.

Peter M., Emeryville, CA

Best Italian food in the Orinda-Moraga area. The pastas are OUTSTANDING. I have have five of the pasta dishes on the menu and they are all excellent. The prices are very reasonable. The service is terrific. This is a great place for “beautiful food” (as the Aussie would say). Try it, you’ll love it. CHEERS!!

John S., Moraga, CA

Great food, great service, and friendly atmosphere! Been going here for over 10 years and NEVER had a bad meal! Their lasagna is superb, pizzas are brick oven good and their servers smile and are friendly. If you get the chance, sit at the counter and watch the food being prepared! They do it as an art form! Enjoy, and say “hi” to Charles.

Bob L., Moraga, CA

This is the best restaurant in Orinda. I go to La Piazza’s all the time and every meal has been really good. The food is fresh and the service is great. The portions are just right. It is small place, so be prepared to wait for seating especially on Friday and Saturday nights…but it’s worth the wait.

Lisa R., Orinda, CA

The best italian resturant in the lamorinda area(lafayette,moraga, orinda). Fast and friendly service, great food, have been going here for 10 years now.

Kyle B., Lafayette, CA

Do It !!! This quaint Italian restaurant is wonderful. (I shouldn’t be writing this, I don’t want to contribute to longer waits..{:{D) Great food, great service and worth going out of your way for. Sit at the counter & watch them make the pasta and pizzas (brick oven).

Herb S., Lafayette, CA

My favorite lamorinda restaurant. I love the wood-oven pizzas, and their pasta arrabiata -really hot and delicious, with savory chunks of spicy Italian sausage. We arrive at 5:10 for dinner, so as to get a good table. By 6pm, they’re usually full. We also frequently order entrees for take-out – pizzas, pastas, everything is well-wrapped, and they include real grated parmagiana reggiano cheese!

Peter K., Orinda, CA

Just wonderful! The Rigatoni Piemontes is my all time favorite. The capriccio is delicious too! The service is always great, and really friendly. Good wine selection. I also really enjoy the house salad. This is always a friendly and delicious place to go with friends…big and small groups!

Michelle N., Walnut Creek, CA

La Piazza is one of our faves. The food is affordable and consistent and the owner and staff are always warm and welcoming. A great place for couples with kids as it can get a little boisterous when busy, but also a great spot for those without to grab dinner at the bar and watch the kitchen staff work. It’s not high-end or gourmet Italian, but everything is very tasty.

PaulnErin B., Orinda, CA

Really good place for a casual dinner. Food is simple, fresh Italian, and you can sit at the bar and watch it being made. The ambience is relaxed – people in shorts and t-shirts can end up sitting next to people dressed for a date. But, it feels right. Prices are pretty good, and the house wine decent enough.

Gerry M., Orinda, CA

Always a great dinner out at La Piazza, Charles and the staff always make you feel at home! Great job Charles!

Michael W., Orinda CA

Best Italian in Orinda…perfect pre/post movie.

Jack H., Orinda CA

La piazza is consistently excellent. The wait staff ate wonderful and Charles greets is like family. We’ve been coming here for 20 years. Vongole is my favorite dish. My husband always orders the rigatoni. Heaven!

Nancy L., Orinda, CA

This is my favorite italian restaurant of all time. The pizza and pasta are out of this world, the ambiance is good for a date and for a family dinner, and the waiters and chefs are nice. I am a regular, and never disappointed.

Eva S., Oakland, CA

La Piazza is a gem in Orinda. Great pasta dishes and wonderful pizzas that do not overwhelm the dinner. The carpaccio is excellent, which is not common in Italian restaurants these days. The brick oven and the view of the theatre across give La Piazza a romantic atmosphere. The staff is – whether we are with the kids or not – superb. The owner, Charles, is a very charming man who loves his work. He makes La Piazza a 5 star experience. Lovely restaurant in Orinda!

Garen E., Moraga, CA