Best pizza I’ve ever had, similar to what I’ve had in Italy. Also a wonderful side dish of carrots with ricotta cheese that was scrumptious and more like an entree. Wonderful atmosphere and outdoor dining. Fine service and recommendations from our server. Can’t wait to return!
Found via OpenTable as we were looking for an Italian restaurant in La Jolla for my wife’s birthday. We were so pleased with the experience as the food, wine, and service were outstanding. Our waiter was very passionate about what was coming out of the kitchen and his recommendations were spot on. Will definitely be back next year.
The lunch special of a full pizza with a half salad is a super deal considering the quality of all ingredients! Lunch was enjoyed very much--mushroom pizza is amazing and we got a free birthday semifreddo dessert which was SO special. Excellent service as well! Thank you Catania:)
Reliably excellent food- we had the clam pizza which is brilliant with the lemon juice squeezed on top, the fired octopus and the squid pasta. The pizza dough is one of the best in San Diego. This place never disappoints
We have eaten here before and really enjoyed it but this time I have a couple of concerns. We had a reservation for 7 and they sat us outside without asking if that was our preference. The service felt rushed. It wasn’t a busy night but we felt like we were being rushed through the meal
Food, ambiance and service was all impeccable. We had the delicata squash pizza and the tagliatelle, which were both phenomenal. The hostess was delightful and the service overall was fantastic.
We had a lovely evening, sitting on the patio watching the sunset. Two of us had pizza, the third had butternut squash ravioli, all very good. We also shared a salad with a lemon-vinaigrette dressing that was excellent. Server was efficient and attentive. I do feel the prices were a little high but not out of line compared to other similar restaurants in the area.
We came here on a Tuesday night and were blown away by both the food and service. Well worth a visit. Our server had the perfect balance of attentiveness and respecting our space. She was friendly and passionate about the menu. They have an option to tip the kitchen which we did. Someone from the kitchen sent us dessert and came out to thank us personally. These people understand how to run a restaurant and make you feel valued. Menu was creative, food was excellent as was the wine.
Looking forward to another visit when in San Diego.
Great food. Great service.
Great food and perfect portion sizes
Great food. Awesome view. We celebrated my GF's Birthday here and had an amazing time!
Amazing food and great atmosphere
Our second time at Catania, and it was absolutely delicious! The swordfish dish, salad, grilled octopus, and wild mushroom and garlic pizza were all perfectly prepared. Highly recommended.
Our server was sweet and knowledgeable. Food was amazing and the view at sunset was gorgeous. Definitely worth the trip.
Had Italian meat pizza and bruschetta, both were amazing!
Excellent staff and fantastic dining experience. Just wish we could have seen the view while eating at our table.
Great food. Service was on top of things. Nice wine selections and cocktails.
Our waitress was excellent. Great service and very knowledgeable of the food. The atmosphere and ambiance was stellar what a beautiful sunset. Love the restaurant. When we visit La Jolla we head there. It’s a favorite of ours. The food was so delicious. The grilled peach appetizer was to die for.
Really impressed with the menu, eclectic Italian fare, great wine list. Enjoyed it very much.
Our waitress was very nice and the food was great. 10/10
The waiter was amazing! He didn’t rush us at all...wasn’t the typical ‘get em in and out’ that we experienced here in La Jolla...
Delicious special ravioli, and awesome midtown appetizer!
My friend and I each order different courses from the menu and shared. My mushroom pizza was fabulous--crust crackly with some charred spots, the filling molten and bubbly with the burrata and other cheese and intensely flavored mushrooms. Her pasta also fine, lots of flavor, the fettucini al dente. They brought us a dessert for her birthday, divinely delicious chocolate semi-freddo, so smooth and well flavored. We were able to talk easily without noisy surroundings. A most satisfying event.
Good food and portions for the appetizers. Main steak and risotto were on the smaller size but was pretty full by then. It was a little on the noisier side outside but all in all a good dining experience.
The atmosphere is not comfortable or enjoyable for the location. Our pizza was good but the Chicken was raw almost uncooked. Prices are outrageous for the quality and quantity. Wouldn’t recommend.
Great service, amazing food. Waiter gave us great recommendations and made our night wonderful
Love this resto. The food is superb and the dishes are unique and delish without being overly trendy. The waitstaff is experienced and professional with just the right amount of friendly conversation. The best part is the option on the menu to appreciate the kitchen with a round beers by adding 6$ to the tab. Cheers 🍻
I have been around restaurants in La Jolla but yours is by far the best halibut I have tasted, my husband enjoyed the cake surprise...thank you so much!
I hadn't been to Catania in a few years but brought my spouse to try their delicious pizza. It's has a wonderful crust and great toppings. One is just enough for two people. A happy hour cocktail, crudo appetizer, glass of wine with the pizza, great date night dinner.
We had a great time and enjoyed the day food.As expected.
Beautiful restaurant and our servers were professional and kind. However, our two main entrees were just average and lacked and real taste signature.
The worst service I have ever gotten in such a great neighborhood. Would have never expected that. Never going back. Extremely rude staff and management.
Great recommendations for food and wine! Amazing service. House infused water. And the deserts are amazing. 5 stars for service and kitchen.
Our server was extremely rude
Superior service!!! Delicious entrees!! Dessert was excellent!!
Very average food at best
Shrimp Risotto was so salty that it was inedible. Restaurant response, here, have a free dessert.
Pasta was very ordinary, not up to the standard of a real Italian restaurant.
This restaurant group is significantly overrated
Delicious food and beautiful terrace with streets and ocean views! Great service too!
Picked the location initially because my wife wanted a rooftop anniversary dinner. Catania is close enough to enjoy a sunset on the ocean and far enough from the smell of seals and sealions. The entire staff was friendly and had real smiles! Our server was a foodie so we felt that she totally got us. And the food was amazing. Their signature dish was the octopus with garbanzos and lamb sausage. The octopus was crispy on the outside and super tender, almost to the point of melting! The lamb had enough garam masala that you can just taste it and not be overwhelmed. The anchovy vinegrette was also not overpoweringly fishy and the vinegar was light. Spot prawns (sp?) flesh was soft and meaty and were fun to eat and to get messy! Our server Bridgette sweetly acknowledged our anniversary with a complimentary limoncello (notice the pun... it was sweet!) . Hats off to the whole crew for an awesome fine-dining experience!