CUCINA enoteca Fashion Island, Newport Beach CA

Situated in picturesque Newport Beach at Fashion Island, one of Orange County’s premier shopping destinations, CUCINA enoteca is the fourth location of the burgeoning CUCINA collection. The 7,800 square-foot venue opened its doors in August 2014, complete with large alfresco patio, communal seating, a spacious bar area and intimate table settings. The interior design at CUCINA’s Newport Beach location draws inspiration from a free-spirited garden, manifesting a light and airy palette with pops of vibrant floral patterns and earthy elements.

CUCINA’s contemporary Italian cuisine is prepared with a focus on California seasonality and the bounty of local farms. Combined flavors of Italy with the organic freshness of Southern California is emblematic of CUCINA’s from-scratch menus. Standouts include shareable portions of house made pastas, innovative pizzas, cleverly crafted seafood and meat preparations, an elevated selection of antipasti, dolci, and signature cheese and salumi program.

CUCINA’s fresh-forward approach also lends to its extensive beverage program. Seasonal cocktail menus are crafted with an approach that is fresh, precise, balanced and direct, combining simple flavors with sophisticated technique. Many of CUCINA’s cocktails are infused or garnished with fruits and herbs from their own gardens.

The CUCINA retail wine program allows guests to hand select wines at a retail price, either to enjoy with their meal for a minimal corkage fee or for purchase to-go. The wine list is comprised of many familiar labels as well as rare and small-batch gems, with an emphasis on Italian varietals.

Proprietor | Tracy Borkum
Executive Chef | Joe Magnanelli
Chef de Cuisine | Cesar Sarmiento
Sous Chef | Phu Le

Vice President of Operations | Andrew Mosblech
Director of Beverage | Augusto Ferrarese
General Manager | Jeff Johnson
Manager + Event Coordinator | Katy Newmarker
Beverage Manager | Koire Rogers