Catania

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Inspired by an Italy road-trip Chef Ryan and I (Arturo) took back in 2008, we’re pleased to introduce Catania, the newest member of the Whisknladle Hospitality family. Here, we’ll be featuring simple, seasonal and authentic Italian Coastal Cuisine (None of the Italian version of TexMex you see most other places). Our commitment to authenticity will be evident in our use of wood burning ovens and grills, an all Italian wine list as well as an exclusively craft Italian Beer program. (Yes, Italy has an amazing craft beer movement nobody’s heard about.)
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Indiana
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

MW
Birmingham
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

g
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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:)

A
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

R
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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

MO
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

FF
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

JS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and perfect portion sizes

AO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Awesome view. We celebrated my GF's Birthday here and had an amazing time!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great atmosphere

VB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

N
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was sweet and knowledgeable. Food was amazing and the view at sunset was gorgeous. Definitely worth the trip.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Italian meat pizza and bruschetta, both were amazing!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends visiting!

a
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff and fantastic dining experience. Just wish we could have seen the view while eating at our table.

DW
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was on top of things. Nice wine selections and cocktails.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really impressed with the menu, eclectic Italian fare, great wine list. Enjoyed it very much.

PL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Not returning

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very nice and the food was great. 10/10

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

E
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

PH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing food. Waiter gave us great recommendations and made our night wonderful

S
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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 🍻

KB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

FG
San Diego
132 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DO
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time and enjoyed the day food.As expected.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and our servers were professional and kind. However, our two main entrees were just average and lacked and real taste signature.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great recommendations for food and wine! Amazing service. House infused water. And the deserts are amazing. 5 stars for service and kitchen.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Our server was extremely rude

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Superior service!!! Delicious entrees!! Dessert was excellent!!

OT
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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

C
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and beautiful terrace with streets and ocean views! Great service too!

KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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