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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#TeamMemberTuesday again! Here's a little bit about a girl who came from Rhode Island out to San Diego to brighten all of our days. Today's team member feature is Brianne Beauregard who has been with us since we opened Catania over 2 yrs ago!

Hometown: Lincoln, Rhode Island
How long you’ve been in San Diego: Four years
First place in the industry that you worked: As a barista at Amy's Place
Favorite item on our menu: Kale Salad (she eats one every day)
Favorite Quote: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted
Favorite Restaurant to eat at that’s not Catania: Matunuck Oyster Bar
One random fact that most people don't know: She has watched all 404 episodes of Law & Order SVU 😮
At 1:00am, if you are out at a restaurant, where will you be eating: In-N-Out Burger #AnimalStyle

"I liked Bri so much I hired her twice! When I left my previous restaurant, I took Bri with me! She's a nice mix of silly and no-nonsense that makes her fun to work with." - Steven McGlynn, G.M.
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Anyone running the La Jolla Marathon tomorrow? We've got your carbs!
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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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