Grand Hotel Quisisana has reigned supreme in Capri for over a century, a grand lady of a hotel, distinguished and beautifully cared for. In addition to its cool marble halls, splendid carpets and furnishings, the kitchens have an international following among those discerning gourmets who love food con amore.
So it is only fitting that when Quisisana Grand Executive Chef Stefano Mazzone decided to come to Los Angeles to present an exclusive Capri-inspired dinner menu celebrating Italy’s coastal cuisine, he would make the venue in the classic splendor of Casa del Mar, the magnificent oceanfront hotel in Santa Monica.
Starting February 4 and running until the 11th, the magic will happen at Catch, Casa del Mar’s American much-admired seafood restaurant. Signore Mazzone is well known for his clean flavors and light touch with fish from this southern island with beloved, traditional dishes that are elevated through a modern lens and beautiful presentation. He will be joined by Alberico Nunziata, the Executive Chef at Casa del Mar’s Catch, and their choices for this celebration sing of both coastal Italy and California.
Expect such dishes on the a la carte menu like octopus salad, veal in tuna sauce, cioppino, Morro Bay black cod, roasted scallops, grilled branzino, and red snapper. Pasta lovers needn’t despair: there will be risotto with tomato and capers, spaghetti in garlic, oil and breadcrumbs, tortelli with lobster. And carnivores will feel right at home with Angus beef with bell peppers, Colorado rack of lamb, slow braised short rib and Genovese-style chicken with hazelnuts, all done with an Italian twist.
Desserts, too, will be special and Casa del Mar’s deep wine cellar will surely complement any menu selection gracefully. Best of all, the Casa del Mar service team, known for their friendly and competitive attention, will complete the picture. For more details, go to
Better yet, book the dinner and an indulgent night at Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 581-5533, http://www.hotelcasadelmar.com.