Civico 1845 Partners With Michelin Star Chefs For New Menu Items & Tasting Event In San Diego

Michelin-starred father/son Antonio & Luca Abbruzzino
January 3, 2017

Little Italy's Civico 1845 is collaborating with two Michelin-rated Italian chefs, father and son Antonio and Luca Abbruzzino, on dishes that feature ingredients from Southern Italy to be included on the restaurant's revamped menu. To kick off the partnership, the chefs will travel to San Diego and work with Civico 1845 chefs Alfonso Pisacane and Pietro Gallo to create new dishes that highlight Southern Italy’s finest tastes with an unveiling event to be held on January 18.

An unveiling event featuring some of Civico's new dishes will be held on Wednesday, January 18, with two seatings at 5:30 and 7:45pm. A multi-course menu will be served in lieu of full menus that includes an appetizer, two pasta dishes, two entrées and two desserts. Ingredients to be imported from Italy and used during the meal include the Calabrian chile peppers, red Tropea onions, San Marzano tomatoes, Campania’s buffalo mozzarella and more. As with the rest of the Civico 1845 menu, these dishes will also incorporate ingredients grown locally in San Diego.

The Abbruzzinos received their first Michelin star in 2014 and have since received it every year after, for Antonio Abbruzzino - a modern Italian restaurant in Catanzaro, the capital city of the Calabria. Luca Abbruzzino was also named “Best Young Chef” in the 2016 L'Espresso Guide. The Abbruzzinos also opened a new restaurant in Milan, Ristorante Abbruzzino, last month. Civico 1845 owners and brothers Dario and Pietro Gallo, also from Calabria, have been close with the Abbruzzino family for years.

"The collaboration has been a long time coming," explained Dario Gallo, who serves as general manager for the restaurant. "The Abbruzzinos share our passion for the authentic cuisine of our home, and we are excited to give San Diegans the rare opportunity to enjoy dishes designed by Michelin-rated chefs, while still providing an affordable experience."

The new dishes will be served as seasonal specials and added to the Civico 1845 menus, including both the regular and vegan menus, throughout 2017 and beyond.

Reservations for the January 18 dinner can be made by calling 619.431.5990. Civico 1845 is located at 1845 India Street in San Diego's Little Italy. For more information, visit