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, California, Catania is the modern and chic Italian restaurant that has the whole city’s attention.  It was named one of the “15 Hottest New Restaurants Around the U.S” by Zagats for its mouth-water menu and bold atmosphere. Catania is the brainchild of Whisknladle Hospitality owner Arturo Kassel and Culinary Partner/Director Ryan Johnson. The two 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 Italian menu is a thoughtful selection of handcrafted desserts overseen by Whisknladle Hospitality Corporate Chef Jojo Rossi, a first generation Sicilian-American.


Open seven days a week, Cantania offers a brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert menu. All of which feature exceptional Italian food made from scratch. Stop in today, or call for a reservation!