San Diego’s Stingaree Named To City Magazines Top 101 Restaurants In America

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The Restaurant at Stingaree located in the heart of San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter is distinctly named one of the top 101 Restaurants in America by CITY magazine in the Summer Food & Entertaining issue, released this month. Spanning the United States for the best in culinary delights, CITY magazine writers visited 55 American cities to decide on their top 101 restaurants.

The Restaurant at Stingaree located in the heart of San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter is distinctly named one of the top 101 Restaurants in America by CITY magazine in the Summer Food & Entertaining issue, released this month. Spanning the United States for the best in culinary delights, CITY magazine writers visited 55 American cities to decide on their top 101 restaurants.

Opened in January 2006, The Restaurant at Stingaree’s Executive Chef Antonio Friscia has led the 90-seat restaurant in tantalizing cuisine, with a fresh and creative flare. Situated on the first floor of the three story venue, The Restaurant at Stingaree treats guests to a luxurious dining ambiance with elements such as a 35 foot cascading waterwall, plush private booths and down-tempo tunes, including weekly live jazz nights, to ensure a luxurious dining experience. The minimalist, contemporary interior design paired with the use of vibrant colors and textures yields a decidedly warm, comfortable feel.

Chef Friscia has developed an equally creative menu that combines ingredients from around the world with fresh produce from local vendors such as Chino Farms to create what he describes as a “hybrid” of cuisines. Dishes are not limited to simply Italian or French flavors, but rather draw influences from an array of different cultures. Epicureans delight in the fact that dinner items remain savory and seasonal with a menu that evolves every month and utilizes local, organic produce, meats and seafood at the height of freshness.

Further enhancing the dining experience at The Restaurant at Stingaree is the extensive wine list and wine by the glass program cultivated by Friscia, whose designation as an Advanced Sommelier rounds out his extraordinary repertoire. The Restaurant at Stingaree also offers a complete mixed drink and martini menu with creative concoctions such as the “Berry Manilow” martini featuring Finlandia Wild Berries Vodka, Absolut Mandarin, sweet and sour, lemonade and fresh lemon and strawberries and the “Get Fresh” mixed drink featuring Bacardi Limon, Cointreau, Club Soda, fresh blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, mint leaves and lime.

Created by San Diego-based real estate and entertainment development company, EnDev Enterprises, Stingaree is a 22,500 square foot dining and entertainment venue including a 7,500 square foot rooftop “Oasis.” Stingaree was named to Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s 2007 “Hot List” as one of the 25 hottest new nightclubs in the country, as well as one of the 10 hottest new bars in the country in a national poll featured on MSN.com.

Stingaree is located at 454 Sixth Avenue in downtown San Diego. For more information, please visit http://www.stingsandiego.com.

For more information on CITY magazine’s Summer Food & Entertaining issue, please visit http://www.city-magazine.com/restaurants.

About EnDev Enterprises LLC
EnDev Enterprises LLC has played a major role in the revitalization of San Diego’s downtown nightlife scene. The company is committed to the development of entertainment and nightlife in underserved and undeveloped markets. Their projects rival the best of European style, Las Vegas excitement, New York sophistication and Los Angeles glamour. EnDev projects promise cutting edge innovation in every aspect of operations and service, delivering a unique and stimulating customer experience. For more information, visit http://www.endevllc.com.

EnDev properties include:

  • Stingaree— The Gaslamp’s tri-level restaurant/nightclub was recently named one of MSN.com’s Top 10 Hot New Bars in the Country.
  • The Witherby—7,400-square-foot premier private event loft combining modern style and timeless tradition.
  • Bar West— 5,000-square-foot upscale restaurant/lounge in Pacific Beach bringing a new level of seaside chic to the beach community.
  • Side Bar—This intimate, sleek lounge is a local celebrity hideout for the likes of Derek Jeter and Jessica Simpson.
  • Universal—Opening fall 2007, this Hillcrest destination will cater to professionals who seek a sophisticated, yet comfortable dining and entertainment venue.

About Chef Antonio Friscia

With over 15 years in the restaurant business, Friscia’s role has extended beyond the likes of executive chefs. From training with culinary masters in Italy to owning and operating multiple restaurants in San Francisco, Friscia has been treating people around the globe to some of the best Italian food. As executive chef of Stingaree, Friscia oversees and is responsible for the menu development, day-to-day kitchen operations, food quality, and staff training.

Friscia’s past restaurants include:

Giordano’s Ristorante Italiano (Marin, California)
Ristorante Dalecio (Ignacio, California)
Alessia’s (Ross, California)
Buca Giovanni (San Francisco, California)
Trudy’s (Berkeley, California)

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Christia Gordon     
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310.748.4133

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