Thursdays with Chef Michael Cimarusti

Thursdays with Chef Michael Cimarusti

Dive in, L.A.! On December 19, enjoy a special seafood dinner prepared in front of you by two-Michelin-star chef and 2019 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: West 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, Chef Cimarusti and Donato Poto elevate the standards of modern American seafood restaurants and highlight the delicious varieties of California’s wild fish in our menus.

On Thursday, December 19 in addition to the regular menu, explore a special $65 dinner menu that highlights the best seafood the coast has to offer in regional Italian dishes. Grab a seat in at the bar or on the outdoor patio for your chance to watch chef Michael Cimarusti in action, as he prepares all three-courses in our open kitchen.

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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 various national accolades that include the 2019 James Beard Award for Best Chef: West 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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