Tracy Borkum’s Successful California-inspired Italian Kitchen & Wine Shop Concept Launches in Newport’s Thriving Culinary Scene
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif, August 19, 2014 — CUCINA enoteca is set to open the doors to its brand new location this week, an 8,300-square-foot restaurant and wine shop at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. A year in the making, the brand new California-inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop opens its doors to the public on August 20 with its second Orange County location, following its immensely successful O.C. debut at Irvine Spectrum Center in 2011. It will be the fourth location of Urban Kitchen Group’s nationally renowned CUCINA brand (San Diego in 2009 and Del Mar in 2013).
“Newport Beach’s culinary scene is re-emerging with some of the country’s most notable chefs and restaurant groups, and we’re inspired to bring our original concept to the area,” says Tracy Borkum, celebrated restaurateur and owner of CUCINA enoteca. “This is our second location in Orange County, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the response we’ve received as we continue to grow in this area of Southern California.”
Leading a respected and experienced team of award-winning industry professionals at the brand new Orange County location, Borkum once again presents guests with her trademark combination of innovative cuisine and cutting-edge design. Urban Kitchen Group’s Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli (Lespinasse, Bistrot Lepic, El Bizcocho, Laurel) and Orange County native and Chef de Cuisine Brent Omeste (Alessá, Charlie Palmer) take the lead in the kitchen, putting a fresh, California spin on rustic Italian fare. CUCINA enoteca’s menu turns out inventive iterations of luxurious pastas, antipasti, creative pizzas and plates small and large, along with fresh crudos and Chef’s whim seasonal specials. Wine Director Ed Manetta, a fifteen-year wine industry veteran who is certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, heads up the venue’s esteemed wine shop. The diverse wine program features more than 250 familiar names and rare, small-batch varietals for guests to purchase at a retail price, either to enjoy with their meal for a minimal corkage fee or to take to go.
Complete with communal seating, a spacious bar area and intimate table settings, the interior design at CUCINA’s Newport Beach location draws inspiration from a bohemian garden, manifesting a light and airy palette with pops of vibrant floral patterns and earthy elements. The space also features an expansive alfresco patio with a cozy fireplace—the perfect relaxing atmosphere to enjoy handcrafted specialty cocktails, hard-to-find Italian artisan beers, or a fine varietal from the wine shop. The new location boasts the CUCINA brand’s same unique and highly curated “restaurant to retail” environment — if diners are inspired by their surroundings, the restaurant offers nearly everything in the venue for sale, including the customized furniture, lighting and decor.
Additional Details on CUCINA enoteca Newport Beach
Hours of Operation:
Sunday — Thursday | 11:30am — 10pm
Friday — Saturday | 11:30am — 11pm
Daily | 3pm — 6pm
$3 Moretti drafts + $5 well cocktails + $5 daily wine selections + $5 sangria
ABOUT FASHION ISLAND: As Orange County’s premier coastal shopping experience, Fashion Island features exclusive specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a diverse assortment of restaurants and cafes. With 15 million visitors a year, Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed resort-like atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California, with pristine views of the Pacific Ocean. Owned by Irvine Company, Fashion Island is home to Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s – in addition to Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, C. Wonder, Ella Moss, Trina Turk, Vince, Joie and Halston Heritage. Fashion Island also features acclaimed restaurants such as FIG & OLIVE, Red O by Rick Bayless, Lemonade, True Food Kitchen, R+D Kitchen and CUCINA enoteca. For more information, please visit ShopFashionIsland.com.