Marco Maestoso became known for his successful pop-up dinners in New York.
The culinary diversity led by world-class chefs will continue to grow in Hillcrest in early 2018. Italian eatery Maestoso just announced it will open in what was Napizza as early as February.
This is a project helmed by Chef-owner Marco Maestoso, a world traveler who has created dishes for Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Donatella Versace.
Maestoso, a graduate of the prestigious Gambero Rosso culinary school in Rome has worked with many Michelin starred chefs.
Four years ago in The Big Apple, he became famous for a series of successful pop-up dinners served in his own apartment.
Then in 2015, his very first restaurant Casa Maestoso opened and was considered a number-one dining destination in Rome.
Most recently, Marco and partner Dalila Ercolani completed a world tour of their pop-up dinners in San Francisco and Los Angeles before moving to San Diego in 2017.
Following this move, they reunited with childhood friends Christopher Antinucci and Giulia Colmignoli of San Diego’s Napizza restaurant group, who also hail from Rome and will co-own Maestoso with Marco and Dalila.
“I’m excited to open this new restaurant, Maestoso, in such a vibrant area of San Diego, and am looking forward to being able to share our Roman roots with the locals while using my culinary creativity to put San Diego on every foodie’s map,” said Marco.
Maestoso’s menu will debut novel concepts alongside comfort food favorites in a four-part menu comprised of (1) pinsa, the Roman ancestor of pizza made with a blend of rice and wheat flour (2) build-your-own fresh pastas like pappardelle, rigatoni and lasagna (3) house favorites such as pork tenderloin in dark cherry sauce and seared butternut squash “steak” with ginger beet puree, and perhaps most notably (4) passaggi, an Italian term meaning “to pass by” and equating to daily chef’s whims offered directly by the chefs to guests’ tables.
In particular, the passaggi will round out Marco’s ambitions for a true chef-to-table dining concept, complemented by Italian and California wines and local craft beers.
Maestoso’s 2,000+ square foot interior will be centrally anchored by an open kitchen where Marco and fellow chefs will create each night’s fresh fare in view of guests.
An industrial chic design will be seen throughout the indoor dining room, which will seat up to sixty guests. Outside, a wraparound patio will provide seating for up to thirty guests.
Maestoso will open in The Hub Hillcrest Market at 1040 University Avenue,