Whisknladle Hospitality has opened it's newest restaurant, Catania, right in the heart of La Jolla, adding to the brand's respected portfolio of local dining destinations including three Prepkitchen locations and La Jolla’s flagship restaurant, Whisknladle. Nestled on the top floor of the newly redesigned La Plaza Center on the historic corner of Wall and Girard, the 3,750-square-foot restaurant is poised to provide guests with authentic Italian coastal cuisine.
Originally conceived from the vision of Whisknladle Hospitality Owner Arturo Kassel and Culinary Director/Partner Ryan Johnston, both tour de forces in the local culinary landscape, Catania was inspired by the duo’s two-week, 1,400-mile road trip through Italy six years ago. Johnston’s subsequent visit to Italy this past summer with Catania Executive Chef Vince Schofield and his culinary team fueled the artistic creativity evident throughout the restaurant’s inventive menu of unique iterations.
At the helm of the kitchen, Schofield, a San Francisco transplant best known for his work at Nombe, Darwin and his own Taco Libre, has thoughtfully developed a coastal Italian menu. Staying true to Whisknladle Hospitality’s dedication to from-scratch cooking utilizing the freshest ingredients available, Schofield’s menu presents guests with unexpected riffs on traditional dishes.
Completing the Catania menu is a thoughtful selection of handcrafted desserts overseen by Whisknladle Hospitality Corporate Chef Jojo Rossi, a first generation Sicilian-American. The menu’s decadent offerings include the Torta di Pistachio (with Fresh Strawberries and Lemon Sorbet) and the Chocolate Budino (with Cabernet Reduction and Biscotti).
In addition to a vast selection of handcrafted cocktails, Catania also boasts an all-Italian selection of draft, small and large bottle beers with the exception of Birra Catania, a Belgian/Italian herbed ale brewed exclusively for the restaurant in collaboration with San Diego-based New English Brewing Company.
Rounding out the beverage program, Catania’s all-Italian wine list is comprised of a curated selection of familiar names as well as more esoteric gems intended to satisfy everyone from the novice taster to the seasoned oenophile.
Catania is now open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to midnight. Happy Hour runs daily from 3-6pm and again on Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm to close with pizza and select beer, wine and cocktail specials.
For more information, visit wnlhosp.com and check out Catania's current menu below.