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Small Bites: Pizzeria Ortica's anniversary and buy-one-get-one-for-$1 cocktails; cassoulet at RH

January 17, 2010 | 10:00 am


Dollar cocktails: To celebrate its first anniversary this month, Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa has launched a new cocktail program, dubbed 18A. Until Feb. 11, the restaurant will be running a month-long special: Anyone who buys one cocktail off the new cocktail menu will receive an additional cocktail for just $1 -- Pizzeria Ortica’s way of saying “thank you.” 650 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 445-4900, www.pizzeriaortica.com.

Cassoulet days: Sebastien Archambault, executive chef at RH at Andaz West Hollywood, is offering his cassoulet – the slow-cooked white bean/pork/sausage/goose/duck casserole of southwestern France -- every Tuesday and Wednesday for both lunch and dinner. At lunch, choose a starter, a dessert or both to accompany the cassoulet entrée. (Three courses for $30; two courses for $23; cassoulet only is $20.)  At dinner, cassoulet is offered as a special for $22. Suggested wine pairing: Paige 23 Syrah, Santa Barbara 2004 ($16 a glass; $64 for a bottle). Through Feb. 25. 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 785-6090. 

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Chef Stephan Samson at Pizzeria Ortica. Credit: Christine Cotter / Christine Cotter