7863 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037





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Overseen by Whisknladle Hospitality’s Culinary Director Chef Ryan Johnston and in collaboration with Catania’s talented chef’s and cooks, the menu is as authentic as it is innovative.  Staying true to Whisknladle Hospitality’s dedication to from-scratch cooking utilizing the freshest ingredients available, the menu presents guests with unexpected riffs on traditional dishes. Guests are invited to surrender their palates as they are taken on an immersive experience, transported from Venice to Puglia to Sicily. 

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About Catania

Located on the top floor of the newly redesigned La Plaza center on the historic corner of Wall and Girard in La Jolla, Catania is the result of the vision of Whisknladle Hospitality owner Arturo Kassel and Culinary Partner/Director Ryan Johnson who were inspired by a two-week, 1,400 mile road trip throughout Italy years ago. The restaurant provides guests with authentic Italian coastal cuisine in a relaxed, yet elevated setting featuring panoramic ocean views.

Highlights include a rotating selection of fresh crudo, housemade pastas and handcrafted pizzas, all crisped to perfection by Beatrice, the restaurant’s 5,000 pound wood burning oven.  Completing the Catania menu is a thoughtful selection of handcrafted desserts overseen by Whisknladle Hospitality Corporate Chef Jojo Rossi, a first generation Sicilian-American. 

Named one of  Zagats “15 Hottest New Restaurants Around the U.S.”

Let us transport you to the coast of Italy . . . no plane ticket required. | Photo by @mstineb ... See MoreSee Less

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Come to La Plaza La Jolla tomorrow to catch this week's Sounds of Summer concert series event: Ian Tordella Group at La Plaza! Enjoy live jazz from 3-6 PM in the main courtyard, and whenever you're ready for a glass of rosé, a wood fired pizza, or any of our other signature coastal Italian dishes wander upstairs to see us. Spend a sunny afternoon relaxing right here! ... See MoreSee Less

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Peach & Prosciutto. Wood-fired Pizza. Enough said. | Photo by World on your Palate ... See MoreSee Less

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The happiest of hours never tasted so good. Join us daily from 3- 6 p.m! | Photo by AshGabes Photography ... See MoreSee Less

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Monday – Thursday 11:30-9:00PM
Friday 11:30-10PM
Saturday 11:30AM-10PM
Sunday 11:30AM-9:00PM

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Daily 3-6PM

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