Ristorante Al Mare Brings Italian Flair To The Santa Monica Pier
Posted Dec. 26, 2013, 8:49 am
Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief
After many years in the making, there’s a new restaurant in town now open on the Santa Monica Pier – Ristorante Al Mare.
The team behind Al Mare is known for La Piazza at The Grove, but this restaurant holds a special place in co-owners Paolo Simeone and Franco Sorgi’s hearts, after fighting for nearly five years to complete the build-out.
“We have kids, and have brought our kids to the pier for years because it’s a place we love to go,” Simeone said. “Unfortunately, the pier isn’t known for healthy fresh food – so when the opportunity came along we took it. We are excited to bring this kind of restaurant to Santa Monica locals and tourists alike because we think it is what the pier has been lacking.”
The restaurant features some of Santa Monica’s most panoramic views.
The three-story restaurant features a rooftop deck with full bar, second floor balcony terraces and a private dining room, as well as first floor exterior decks overlooking the Santa Monica Pier boardwalk and beaches.
The restaurant offers Italian cuisine, produced from quality ingredients, and served in the family atmosphere they grew up with.
To create the menu, the team brought on seasoned chef Giacomo Pettinari, also an Italian transplant, who honed his skills with notable chefs including Ferran Adria. Giacomo most recently worked as a chef at Valentino in Los Angeles before becoming Executive Chef of all the Al Mare team’s restaurants.
Giacomo’s menu features delicious Italian cuisine, and he cooks by his mother’s motto – “keep the flavor real and authentic.”
The menu includes salads, appetizers, handmade pasta and pizzas, fish and meat, and the food is light, healthy and almost all prepared in house – from the butter to the desserts.
Some highlights of the menu include the house cured beef carpaccio, a homemade squid ink pasta with clams, mussels and shrimp, and a Hawaiian vanilla pod custard pannacotta.
Ristorante Al Mare is now open for business Sunday – Thursday from 11:30 am to 9:30 pm, and Friday – Saturday from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, with Happy Hour from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm daily.
Ristorante Al Mare
250 Santa Monica Pier