Castellani Enoteca Wine Bar at Antonello’s for Wine, Food, Friends, and Fun


June 16, 2013 by danisdecadentdeals

Antonello's Italian Ristorante

Antonello’s Italian Ristorante

This past April, I attended a dinner with a group of my friends that are also fabulous women that like to blog. We had an opportunity to check out the Castellani Enoteca Wine Bar at Antonello’s restaurant in Santa Ana.  On January 18 Antonello’s Restaurant opened the new addition to the restaurant which is a private room with a wine bar/lounge.  Antonello’s Restaurant opened in 1979 and has been serving amazing Italian food for the past 34 years.  Antonello’s owners Antonio and his wife Fiorella Cagnola were inspired to convert a portion of their dining room into a wine bar four years ago when owner, Antonio Cagnola began to develop a business and friendship relationship with Piergiorgio Castellani, one of the top winemakers in Italy.

Another one of the happy bunch!

Another one of the happy bunch!

Olive Al Forno - Roasted Marinated Olives

Olive Al Forno – Roasted Marinated Olives


We were all pleasantly impressed by the décor in Antonello’s, Castellani Enoteca Wine Bar.  The setup was gorgeous and very warm and comfy like we were hanging out in one of our own homes. 🙂  The room had warm brown tones, tables, and even comfy sofas and individual chairs. Covering the walls were wine bottles in decorative wine racks with candles, fruits and wine boxes as décor.

Shelby & Dani

Shelby & Dani

Calamari Fritti - Fried squid, spicy, tomato sauce, and lemons

Calamari Fritti – Fried squid, spicy, tomato sauce, and lemons

Owners Antonio & Fiorella Cagnolo

Owners Antonio & Fiorella Cagnolo

Castellani Enoteca Wine bar has an extensive variety of wine options, as well as their own menu separate from the restaurant.  Their menu includes small plate appetizers and specialty drinks as well.  In my article here, you can see several of the small dish items and go HERE for entire Castellani Enoteca Wine Bar Menu!  There is a fabulous variety of several delicious savory plates as well as yummy deserts! Small Plates, appetizers and desserts range in price from $5-$15 in the Wine Bar, which are very reasonably priced.

Antipasto Misto - Prosciutoo San Daniele, Porchetta, Bresaola, Salami Fileno, Parmigano, Marinated Olives, and Roasted Peppers

Antipasto Misto – Prosciutoo San Daniele, Porchetta, Bresaola, Salami Fileno, Parmigano, Marinated Olives, and Roasted Peppers

Mozarella in Carrozza - Fried Mozzarella, Capers, and European Butter

Mozarella in Carrozza – Fried Mozzarella, Capers, and European Butter

Jamie & Dani Posing with Vino

Jamie & Dani Posing with Vino

Castellani Enoteca Wine Bar is located at 3800 South Plaza Drive in the city of Santa Ana, CA across the street from South Coast Plaza mall.  It is a very convenient location for a drink and appetizers after a long day of shopping at the mall or prior to a theater show across the street The Performing Arts Center.  Castellani Enoteca Wine Bar is open from 4:30 to closing Mondays through Saturdays and they feature live music from 6:30 – 8:30 on Fridays and Saturdays. Thursdays are certainly a special night to go as well because Cagnolo hosts wine Thursdays from 4:30 to 9pm that he calls, “Wine Flight Night” in which you get to sample a flight of four different Italian wines for $16. Light snacks are also served during this event and there is great music from an Italian musician!

A Fine Italian Wine

A Fine Italian Wine

Homemade Potato Chips

Homemade Potato Chips

Polipo Alla Grigilia - Grilled Octopus, Potatoes, Red Onion, and Organic Olive Oil

Polipo Alla Grigilia – Grilled Octopus, Potatoes, Red Onion, and Organic Olive Oil

If you have not yet been to Castellani Enoteca Wine Bar & Antonello’s Restaurant, this place is a must.  I only had the opportunity to sample the menu in Castellani Wine Bar, but I also look forward to going back to visit Antonello’s for dinner. Anotnello’s offers home cooked Italian meals made with fresh ingredients by executive chefs. There is also a strong influence from owner, Cagnola’s mother & wife Fiorella that regularly pitch ideas to the chef that they used in their own Italian households. I hear the meals are amazing in the restaurant as well as the small plates I tried in the wine bar.  There is an extensive wine list with a variety of menu items, as well as a bambini menu for kids. I hope to go to a wine Thursday soon at Castellani Enoteca Wine Bar and for a dinner in the main dining room at Antonello’s. Please let me know if you have visited this restaurant and any meal recommendations you may have!

Hello Kitty Chapmpagne

Hello Kitty Champagne

Happy Group of Women

Happy Group of Women

Group of Happy Women!

Group of Happy Women!

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67 thoughts on “Castellani Enoteca Wine Bar at Antonello’s for Wine, Food, Friends, and Fun

  1. I so enjoy all your blog posts and pics! Of course, the deals are fabulous! I thank you for bringing all of this to our attention! 🙂

  2. Dani, this is a great article and the images set the festive and happy mood you all felt that night. Thank you for sharing and informing!!

  3. What a cool job you have! I would love to tasting all the goodies at cool restaurants. Thanks for sharing what you find!

  4. I always enjoy reading you and discover about the great deals.

  5. Thanks for sharing Daniele! It looks like an awesome time with good food, friends and wine – pretty awesome. I love olives – that dish looked really yummy.

  6. I must go have a snack now….dreaming about lunch 🙂

  7. You share the best deals, Dani! I do wish that I will be in the area one day to try this out.

  8. Yvonne says:

    How do you always find such yummi food?!

  9. Liz Bigger says:

    Wow, that place looks AWESOME! You all look like you all are having lots of fun!!!

  10. Great article, it looks like you had a great time. By the way where to you get to find all those deals ?

  11. Oh, Dani, I could taste the roasted olives and the gorgeous antipasti dish from here! Between your photography and vivid descriptions, I expect to see my scale tip up a few pounds just reading your posts! 😉 (Keep ’em coming, they’re wonderful!)

  12. jlalande2012 says:

    Ok second try haha …. Great Article Daniele, looks like you had a great evening. By the way, where do you find all those great deals ?

  13. Loretta says:

    You create an inviting atmosphere! Bet those owners love you!

  14. Rob says:

    Antipasto Misto is my favorite appetizer..

  15. Kelly says:

    Sounds like a fun place with a great atmosphere..

  16. marknels01 says:

    Why can’t I live near a good wine bar. I love wine bars but they have to be walking distance to home.

  17. jjjanedesu says:

    This article made me hungry. This sounds like a really good place to dine.

  18. I’d love to try the Hello Kitty champagne. The fried mozzarella looks so yummy. Now I’m hungry.

    • I love the way the Hello Kitty champagne bottle looked, but the champagne itself was not my fave, but some of the people loved it..I guess it is a matter of preference:) I am hungry too:)

  19. upliftingfam says:

    All of these dishes look amazing. It looks like a great place to eat. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Fabulous! Dan, you have great images! that makes me craving for food. Great post.

  21. The food looks great! I could use a glass of wine

  22. Kevin Hardin says:

    You always have great deals. Love the pictures

  23. Don Purdum says:

    That looks amazing and fun!!!!!

  24. That’s true if I am jealous on you.
    I do love food and traveling so much.
    But this kind of jobs make me stuck here everyday, lol

  25. Jim Striegel says:

    Fun times…wine and food! Great pics and article!

  26. Dov Shapira says:

    There you go again making me hungry at 9:00 pm
    I love Prosciutoo

  27. virtualgurus says:

    Whoa, that looks like a great Italian place that would make my moma proud! 🙂 I loved your very thorough review and all the pics of the food… seeing pics of the food at new places always pushes me over the edge to go and try the place!

  28. Marian says:

    One of the things I enjoy about your blog is I don’t really know OC and via your blog I am learning all sorts of great places! Thank you so much!!

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  30. Carlo Berardi says:

    Posta Bella

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