Coronado-based Blue Bridge Hospitality, which runs six eateries on the island including Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge and Stake Chophouse & Bar, is adding an Italian restaurant to its local holdings. The group, which also founded Liberty Public Market, is taking over Vigilucci’s, an existing restaurant, with the intent of refreshing its menu and design.
Newly dubbed Maretalia Ristorante, the “modern coastal Italian” restaurant will retain Vigilucci’s chef Marco Sedda, who hails from Florence, Italy and has been cooking around the world since the age of fourteen. Sedda and Blue Bridge Hospitality’s executive Tim Kolanko have revamped the menu to put a lighted spin on Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with seasonal offerings focusing on seafood entrees, fresh pasta, and shareable antipasti plates. Traditional Italian desserts come courtesy of Blue Bridge Hospitality’s pastry chef Lori Sauer while beverage director Greg Majors has built a wine list of Italian and domestic varietals and cocktail program that highlights classic Italian drinks and spirits. There will also be housemade limoncello based on chef Sedda’s family recipe.
The new menu is already in place at the 6,500 square-foot ocean view restaurant but the hospitality group will wait until after the busy summer season to renovate its interior. Maretalia’s weekend brunch menu has been launched along with weekday lunch service.