Marisi is Officially Open, Unlocking the Doors to Italy by Way of La Jolla

With a focus on Italian hearth cooking, featuring handmade pasta, classic cocktails and fine wine, Marisi cultivates a new wave of Italian cuisine in San Diego

This post is an update of: Marisi Italiano Heading to La Jolla in 2022

Marisi is Officially Open, Unlocking the Doors to Italy by Way of La Jolla
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In development for over two years, Marisi is officially open! Unlocking the doors to Italy by way of La Jolla, Marisi serves cuisine from across Italy, fashioned in a time-honored tradition of handmade all day.

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The team is helmed by Executive Chef Chad Huff (Providence in Hollywood, Felix Trattoria in Venice, and Broad Street Oyster Co. in Malibu) and Bar & Spirits Creative Director Beau du Bois (three Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood).

Marisi has a 10ft brick and tiled Italian Hearth, sunlit patio, high arched walkways and a private dining room coined, ‘The Lemon Room,’ vintage art prints, custom wall décor, seersucker banquettes and patterned floor tiles. Marisi’s color palette are hues of yellows, greens, blues and pinks.

With a focus on Italian hearth cooking, featuring handmade pasta, classic cocktails and fine wine, Marisi cultivates a new wave of Italian cuisine in San Diego. Handmade pasta paired with wood-fired dishes from the hearth and a beverage program customary to Italy gives guests a tour of Italy. La Jolla’s fresh produce is showcased throughout Marisi’s menu. Opening menu items include Agnolotti with corn, California crab, aleppo and chives; Pappardelle with duck ragu genovese, tehachapi rye and preserved lemon; Chicory Salad with salami, tomato, red onion, almonds, oregano and piave-vecchio; as well as a Carpaccio with american wagyu, pine nuts, scallion and horseradish, Dry Aged locally-sourced fish, a limited quality of Dry Aged Beef served daily on a first-come, first-serve basis, as well as a selection of dishes from the hearth, like Mackerel, Squid and Artichoke.

Marisi’s international cocktail program, curated by Vice President of Bar and Spirits, Beau du Bois, features an array of Italian aperitivos, homemade limoncello, rare spirits and an Italian Pilsner brewed specifically for Marisi. Honoring Italy’s historic ties to Vermouth, Marisi will feature a selection of over thirty brands, with the option to sip tableside Martinis throughout the meal made with Bordiga’s Extra Dry Vermouth.

Completing Marisi’s bar program is a proprietary Italian espresso blend, a nod to Italy’s after-dinner culture.

Led by Wine Director Chris Plaia, Marisi’s wine program features Italian varietals, micro-producers, and progressive styles of wine.

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Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
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