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.”

We'll never get tired of this view. Join us for happy hour from 3-6 pm and get a glimpse for yourself. ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us for lunch or dinner at any of our five Whisknladle Hospitality establishments on Tuesday, November 15th as we celebrate A Day of Giving, an all-day fundraiser benefiting SAY San Diego. All tips generated throughout this day, along with manager salaries, will be donated to SAY SD, in support of their efforts to strengthen and empower local youth and families. So whether you choose to enjoy your meal here, Whisknladle, or any of our three Prepkitchen locations, know that your tips will be going to a good cause as we approach the time of giving. ... See MoreSee Less

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It's not dinner without an appetizer. Try the lamb meatballs to start. ... See MoreSee Less

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It's not just our pizzas that go into our 5,000 wood fire oven, "Beatrice." We fire roast our whole Branzino as well, giving it that true coastal Italian flavor. Drop by for summer tonight and get a taste for yourself. ... See MoreSee Less

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Butter. Sugar. Flour. Eggs. Another day of pastry prep. ... 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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