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.”

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Today we want to introduce one of our team members to you. His name is Max Diamond! Max has been with us since we opened Catania almost 2 years ago. He works lunches Monday-Thursday. Some things about Max:

Hometown: San Diego! (Yes there really are people who are from here!)
Favorite Item on Catania's Menu: Smoked Duck Liver Mousse
Where you'll find him on his day off: "Dancing around my kitchen with a martini, playing a tambourine, listening to 80s music"
Favorite Restaurant that's NOT Catania: Bullys Del Mar
Random Fact about Max: He's been on four game shows!

"As lunch has become more and more popular at Catania these last 2 years, I have to remind myself that most of the guests are just here to see Max! He's one of my all-time favorite people." - Steven McGlynn, G.M.
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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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