a plate of fish with spices and sauce

Terrazza Restaurant offers a taste of everything from wild-caught Dorade to Italian Crudo

Text by Armella Stepan

Embark on a culinary journey from Spain and its Balearic Islands to Italy’s enchanting Amalfi Coast. Terrazza Restaurant at Hotel Casa del Mar is a celebration of the rich culinary tapestry of the region, accented by seasonal favorites from California.

A Symphony of Flavors

Menu highlights include wild-caught Dorade, renowned for its tender, delicate flesh. Each skillfully butterflied, deboned, and lightly grilled in fine Italian olive oil and garlic.

One of Spain’s most emblematic delicacies, Iberico de Bellota is served on Barcelona “Pan de Cristal” with crushed tomatoes. Sourced from acorn-fed Iberian pigs, its unmistakable quality makes it a traditional favorite of the region.

There is a succulent Italian Crudo selection featuring Striped Jack and Black Snapper sliced perfectly to order. The Striped Jack is in a citrus miso sauce for brightness and umami with pickled Fresno chilies for some heat and house made oregano furikake.

Pastas are plentiful, highlighted by the Garganelli Pasta made from Italian Semolina flour and eggs, coupled with fennel sausage made in house, charred broccoli, Calabrian chilies, and Parmigiano-Reggiano aged 24 months. There are vegetarian pasta selections as well.

European Lubina, a lean and flaky white fish grilled to perfection, is prepared for the table to share for those seeking a communal dining experience, as is the delectable Seafood Paella. A closely guarded Chef’s secret family recipe that bursts with colors and flavors.

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a plate of pasta with cheese and meat

Pairing Perfection: Crafted Cocktails, Fine Wines, and Stunning Sunsets

Each course at Terrazza can be expertly paired with artisanal cocktails, an international wine selection, or the resident mixologist’s signature sangrias. The combination of flavors will further elevate your dining experience, perfectly complemented by the backdrop of stunning Pacific sunsets.

Terrazza is open from sunrise to well past sunset, offering the ultimate Mediterranean epicurean adventure overlooking Santa Monica Beach and its iconic Ferris Wheel.

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