Trattoria Da Sofia To Replace Cucina Sorella In San Diego's Kensington

October 25, 2023

Taking over the recently closed Cucina Sorella in San Diego's Kensington neighborhood, Trattoria Da Sofia is poised to become a new Italian bar and restaurant destination.

Tracy Borkum's Urban Kitchen Group bid farewell to its Michelin-recognized Cucina Sorella restaurant in Kensington last summer, wrapping up seven years of operation. This space was previously known as Kensington Grill for over two decades before its rebranding. The 3,554 square-foot restaurant has now been taken over for the launch of a fresh Italian concept named Trattoria da Sofia.

Trattoria da Sofia is a collaborative effort involving restaurateurs hailing from San Diego, Sicily, and Mexico City, including Mariano Liga (Rusticucina), John Rudolf (Harry's Coffee), Andrea Carbonaro (Aromi), Giancarlo Guttilla (Zama), Giuseppe Lo Coco, Sofia Lo Cascio, Sebastian Berho, and Franco Mestre. Trattoria da Sofia is set to feature a menu brimming with traditional "casereccio" homemade Italian dishes.

"Our upbringing in such family oriented cultures will allow us to host our guests the same way mamma showed us, with love," explained Trattoria da Sofia co-owner Franco Mestre. "We will provide a small menu allowing us to focus on quality, comprised of daily made fresh pastas, local seafood, and organic appetizers, accompanied by our full bar will make for memorable outings. Our emphasis is on making our guests feel as comfortable hanging out with our family as we do having them over for a full belly, flavorful drinks and a good time!"

Expected to open its doors early next year, Trattoria da Sofia will offer a simple, casual design infused with traditional Italian trattoria influences. The venue will house multiple dining areas indoors and a spacious front al-fresco patio. The menu will encompass Italian-style appetizers, salads, homemade pasta, and entrees crafted from fresh-caught seafood and locally-sourced ingredients.

Trattoria da Sofia is on track to open in January 2024 at 4055 Adams Avenue in San Diego's Kensington community.