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If you grew up in a house where lasagna was a regular dinner item, it’s probably not unusual for you to get a craving for it. The taste of it can take you immediately back to your childhood. However, it can be hard to find a lasagna as good as the one you ate growing up. If you get a craving for lasagna, try these restaurants.

Cosmo's Italian Kitchen lasagna (Credit: Gary Schwind)


Cosmo’s Italian Kitchen
23411 Aliso Viejo Parkway
Aliso Viejo, CA 92695
(949) 448-9040
www.cosmositaliankitchen.com

The lasagna at Cosmo’s is a true culinary work of art. Layered with a marinara sauce, the noodles are seasoned perfectly and the dish also contains just the right amount of meat so you get enough in each bite without it being too much. With bolognese sauce, parmesan and mozzarella, it’s truly baked to perfection. The cheese on top gives the dish a nice salty note too. You’ll feel like you’re eating your mom’s lasagna in the house where you grew up. A vegetarian lasagna is also available here.

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Casanova Ristorante
33585 Del Obispo St., Suite C & D
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-0992
www.casanovaristorante.com

It’s pretty easy to drive right by Casanova, which is tucked right behind a gas station. However, when you find it, you’ll realize that this is not just a great restaurant for Italian food, but also for dates. The Lasagne al Forno
features lasagna noodles which are layered with ricotta cheese and a meat sauce that is absolutely wonderful. It’s enough to make this place your new favorite for date night. Casanova also boasts an impressive selection of wines. Ask your server to help you pick the perfect wine to go with your lasagna.

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(credit: Ron L./Yelp)


Mama D’s Italian Kitchen
3012 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-6262
www.mamadsnewport.com

There is just something about a restaurant that makes you feel like you’re eating in the home of someone you know. That’s definitely the feeling you’ll get in this cozy Newport Beach restaurant. Mama D’s uses old family recipes for its menu items, and you can taste the love that goes into the food. Served traditionally with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, Mama D’s has both meat and vegetarian lasagna available, and you will love either one. Be ready to wait if you come here because you’re certainly not the only one that wants to enjoy the food.

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(credit: Sean F./Yelp)


Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta
429 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 498-2540
www.sonnys.com

Sonny’s is one of those places that becomes a favorite as soon as you enter. A cozy restaurant that is not only a home for really good Italian food, but a place that is also family friendly, you’ll find a standard meat lasagna here that makes your visit more than worth it. The restaurant serves a homemade lasagna that is filled with spinach, ricotta cheese and ground beef, as well as a vegetarian option that is packed with vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, ricotta cheese, spinach, and mushrooms) and is baked in a tomato cream sauce. Even if you’re a sworn carnivore, you’ll find it irresistible. Be ready to wait if you come here though as this is the favorite place for a lot of people.

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(credit: Roma D’Italia)


Fratellino’s Italian Restaurant
600 S Brea Blvd
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 255-9100
www.fratellinos.com

Brea’s Fratellino’s Italian Restaurant is known for their tasty Italian fare, including pizza’s, pastas and much more. From the moment you walk in the door, you’ll be greeted with beautiful murals and other Italian decor that will make you feel as if you’re dining somewhere authentic. With comfortable booths, diners enjoy favorite dishes like their Beef Lasagna with Meat Sauce or Meat Ball, as well as their vegetable marinara lasagna, and beef lasagna with sausage. Whichever option you choose, you can be assured you will be 100% satisfied.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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