A carnivorous fever dream, acclaimed Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli of CUCINA urbana (Bankers Hill) debuts BEAST FEAST! For his no holds barred menu, Chef Magnanelli uses local ingredients and takes a different approach to sustainability by avoiding waste and utilizing the whole animal instead of specific cuts. This quarterly off-menu, whole-animal dinner series begins on July 19th and runs through April of 2017 while exploring various seasonal “beasts” including whole fish, duck, cow, and pig as the star of each two-course, family-style meal.
Each menu is priced at $70 per person, with an option to purchase the series package for $240 by July 18th online here. Guests also have an option to collaborate personally with CUCINA’s Sommelier to prepare custom beverage pairings for their meal at an additional cost. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant at 619.239.2222 or online here.
BEAST FEAST DINNER SERIES
Price: $70 per person
Bigger FISH to Fry | July 19th, 2016
From the hook to your plate, CUCINA is kicking off the series with a whole roasted Texas Redfish straight from the local fishmonger. Marinated in limoncello buerre blanc, the tender white-meat fish will be served alongside saffron fregola with summer squash, a crab stuffed leafy endive, pine nut and date roasted cauliflower, and a crisp radicchio salad. Followed by a peach and almond crostata with buttermilk gelato and chamomile honey, this kick-off dinner will be the refreshing feast of the summer.
Tickets on sale beginning June 7th
DUCKS in a Row | October 25, 2016
Sourced directly from Liberty Farms in East County, the whole Lacquered Duck will be served with a port wine duck sugo and coated with an apricot prosecco jam. Other dishes of the night include a goat cheese risotto with green garlic and english peas, duck fat potato topped with rosemary and freshly grated parmesan, an orange glazed baby carrot with pistachio and puntarella, and baby beets and oro blanco served in a basil tarragon pesto. Top off your feast with a sweet fig tart complemented with anise cream and a tart saba syrup.
Tickets on sale September 13th
‘Till the COW Comes Home | January 31, 2017
A feast for the eyes and the stomach, the beef dinner is not to be underestimated. Amongst selections including buttermilk whipped mashed potatoes, roman style artichokes with garlic and mint, and braised swiss chard with beef bacon, the real showstopper is the black pepper whole roasted rib of beef topped with horseradish cream and a mushroom borolo reduction. If you manage to save room for dessert, diners with a sweet tooth will indulge in a salted caramel peach pie with a cinnamon crema.
Tickets on sale December 20th
When PIGS Fly | April 4, 2017
Don’t hold back on the last dinner of the series because it’s time to pig out! Feast on a whole suckling pig roasted with a mustard sherry sugo and glazed in a date and walnut marmelata, as well as cracked potato with fennel pollen, spicy burnt brussels, charred Italian rapini, and a better-than-classic little gem caesar salad. Close out the series with a decadent ricotta cheesecake topped with spring fresh seasonal berries.
Tickets on sale February 21st
About CUCINA urbana: Culinary delights meet aesthetic bliss at Southern California’s CUCINA urbana, where dining and design form the ultimate union. The first of its kind in San Diego, the California-inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop opened doors in the heart of Bankers Hill in 2009. Conceptualized by restaurant visionary and owner Tracy Borkum, the venue boasts comfort and familiarity, welcoming diners to a country farmhouse with all the whimsy of a contemporary art installation. The carefully curated emporium is not only a rustic-inclined decorator’s dream, it’s an incubator and platform for California designers, featuring repurposed and vintage design finds sourced exclusively from local artisans. Executive chef Joe Magnanelli takes the reigns in the kitchen with contemporary California-inspired Italian cuisine prepared with locally sourced, organic and sustainable products. The inventive menu is comprised of vasi, antipasti, insalate, pizza, pasta, piatti and dolce. The bar menu is comprised of specialty cocktails, local and Italian artisan beers, as well as house-infused liquors such as vodka, rum and grappa. Offering 140 competitively priced wines for sale in their expansive wine shop; guests can enjoy varietals during service or to-go. Happy Hour is 5-7p.m daily at the bar. For hours of operation or more information call (619) 239-2222 or visit www.CUCINAurbana.com.