Get Your Jazz Served Up Hot

Everyone enjoyed the anniversary celebration

Spaghettini Grill was a name that was familiar to me, as 94.7, The Wave radio station is broadcast from their Sunday jazz brunches. I had the opportunity to check them out at their 17th annual anniversary party on Tuesday, June 28, 2005, for their customers.  I was happy to discover they were located right off the 405 south in Seal Beach and easy to get to.

Upon entering, the establishment had the feel and look of a restaurant in a 5-star hotel, which always gives me the feeling of being on vacation, even if only escaping for a few hours. The entranceway was richly designed yet had a relaxed feeling. I felt comfortable immediately.

I arrived a bit early, and they were already welcoming guests into their outdoor patio. A jazz duo, featuring Brian Sanders and John Campbell, played some sweet cool jazz, at a volume which allowed for easy conversation. I discovered that John Campbell had captured some of his talent on a c.d. out called 'Workin' Out'.

The patio was set up with buffet tables featuring appetizers, seafood, prime rib and more. The wait staff was plentiful and available. It was obvious to me upon both observing and speaking with people that customers seemed at ease there, as the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. I was told by both staff and customers that it is a feeling of family there, which I can attest to.

Sunday brunch delights

The buffet featured Northern Italian cuisine. Everything I sampled I found delicious, from an artichoke dip, to the calamari salad. There were martini stations set up and it was advertised that happy hour prices would be in effect, that 'this is a great way to catch the Spaghettini vibe without busting the bank' yet, to the chagrin of the some of the guests, martinis were $12.50 and sangria was $10.00

I wanted to get more details to share with you as to what the different dishes were and if they were on the regular menu, etc. I have always found that restaurants reflect the personalities of the owners, and I was curious to have them expound on some of the featured dishes that delighted.  But the occasion didn't warrant it, as I was met with a hurried Laurie Neuse who was understandably busy with the party and running this successful business with her partner, Cary Hardwick, both of whom have an extensive background as restaurateurs. But busy owners like this are smart, as they have a very professional, reliable and friendly management and staff that are available and eager to be of service. I found this was one of the reasons people came back again and again. These owners just get it right on all of the important aspects that make a restaurant and jazz club special.

Spaghettini Italian Grill and Jazz Club features a brunch on Sunday, with live jazz. At $49.95 per person, it seems a bit pricey, but in all fairness, the cuisine was outstanding. The menu features free flowing Domaine St. Michelle champagne, Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Wines and beverages, antipasti and arimi, and your choice of an entree and dessert.

See your favorite jazz artist

Go to their website for upcoming jazz artists dates and times: www.spaghettini.com.

Spaghettini Italian Grill and Jazz Club
3005 Old Ranch Parkway
Seal Beach, CA   90740

(562) 596-2199

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