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.”

Ever wonder who's curating our incredible bar program? Meet the man behind the magic, Cesar Sandoval, bar manager and all around stand up guy. Come by next time you're at La Plaza La Jolla and try his latest seasonal cocktails! ... See MoreSee Less

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Chilly days call for hearty meals, and you really can't go wrong with our Duck Sugo Orecchiette. And don't forget, there's always the option to order it gluten free! Thanks for the great photo, PS I love San Diego. ... See MoreSee Less

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No afternoon of shopping at La Plaza La Jolla for #SmallBusinessSaturday is complete without a cocktail break. Make sure to stop by and see us! ... See MoreSee Less

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We'll be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving, but we're pretty sure a delicious wood fired pizza and a couple drinks is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Come see for yourself tonight! ... See MoreSee Less

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We've introduced a whole series of seasonal cocktails, and they're certainly not going to drink themselves ... happy hour daily from 3-6 PM! | Great photo by May Chu ... 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

Italian Appertivo

Daily 3-6PM

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