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Thursdays with Chef Michael Cimarusti

Thursdays with Chef Michael Cimarusti

Seafood lovers, this is for you! What better way to discover California's best seafood, than having one of the most respected and acclaimed chefs preparing it! On April 11, enjoy a special seafood dinner prepared in front of you by two-Michelin-star chef Michael Cimarusti at Il Pesce Cucina.

At our fish market-inspired restaurant, all of the fresh seafood is responsibly sourced, with a particular focus on wild-caught and raw options that promise to satisfy every taste. At Il Pesce Cucina, the team led by Chef Cimarusti and Donato Poto has worked to elevate the standards of modern American seafood restaurants and highlights the delicious varieties of California’s wild fish in our menus.

On April 11 in addition to the regular menu, explore a special $65 dinner menu that highlights the best seafood California has to offer in regional Italian dishes. Get the best seats in the house and a chance to watch chef Michael Cimarusti in action, as he prepares each course in our open kitchen at Il Pesce Cucina.

Explore the menu:

Insalata di Calamari (Grilled Local Calamari, Marinated Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Black Garlic and Black Olive Aoili, Herbed Croutons)

Tortellini di Ricotta e Menta (Ricotta and Mint Tortellini with Delta Asparagus, Grilled and Smoked Brodo di Pesce)

Alaskan Halibut (Fennel Puree, Peas and Calabrian Chile Vinaigrette)




At his much acclaimed Los Angeles restaurant Providence, Co-owner and Chef Michael Cimarusti has created elegant and contemporary seafood-centric cuisine for a decade. The chef and the restaurant have earned national accolades that include several James Beard Award nominations and two highly coveted Michelin stars. He combines his extensive knowledge and appreciation for seafood, with an advocacy for sustainable fishing practices that is evident in each dish he creates.

“Seafood has inspired me in a personal way from the very start,” he says. “It is my duty to staunchly support its conservation and best practices, and it’s my privilege to have the opportunity to showcase it on a nightly basis.”

His path for a storied culinary career was spurred from experience in his youth: fishing with his grandfather and learning the traditions of his Italian heritage from his grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s cooking. His most influential professional experience came just after graduating with honors from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, when he headed down the Hudson River to New York City to cook at An American Place with Chef Larry Forgione. While working in Forgione’s kitchen, he also met his future wife and business partner, the talented pastry chef Cristina Echiverri.

Today, he and Echiverri operate Providence and Connie & Ted’s, the West Hollywood eatery they opened in 2013, paying homage to Cimarusti’s grandparents and the simple, honest seafood cookery of New England. Outside of his restaurants, the chef actively supports the Special Olympics and always finds time to go fishing with his two children.

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