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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We have something to tell you... There will be NO Meatball Monday today as we will be closed this evening for a private event. Sorry to ruin your Monday we will be back better than ever in just one week! ... See MoreSee Less

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Perks of a Sunday when the sun doesn't go down until 7pm!
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There is something inherently romantic about Italian food! Which is why we would love it if you would vote for us for Best Italian and Best Date Spot in the San Diego Magazine's Best Restaurants of 2017! ... See MoreSee Less

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#TeamMemberTuesday We are pretty sure the word Chingón was made up for this guy. If you've ever wondered who was back in the kitchen prepping everything night after night when you ate here, it was this guy. A little about Edwin, who we know to be a dedicated father to his daughter Sophia:

Hometown: Morelos, Mexico
First place in the industry that you worked: The Cottage La Jolla
Favorite item on our menu: Tagliatelle alla Portofino
Favorite Quote: "To do things the right way, you have to learn the right way to do them."
At 1:00am, if you are out at a restaurant, where will you be eating: El Camaron

"Besides his ability to make all the pasta and pizza dough that you enjoy, he's an outstanding line cook,.....but most importantly he's the best player on our soccer team that routinely crushes Whisknladle!" - 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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