New Cucina Sorella In Kensington

Cucina Sorellacucina SORELLA Brings a Pasta-Forward Approach to Urban Kitchen Group’s Longstanding Kensington Location

A leader in San Diego’s culinary transformation for over two decades, celebrated restaurateur Tracy Borkum unveils cucina SORELLA—the newest sister concept to the Urban Kitchen Group collection of restaurants (CUCINA urbana; CUCINA enoteca in Del Mar, Newport Beach and Irvine).  

Located in the heart of the city’s beloved Kensington neighborhood, cucina SORELLA re-conceptualizes a 3,500 square-foot space at 4055 Adams Avenue, that housed the former Kensington Grill for nearly 20 years and most recently Fish Public, into a charming community destination, transformed through Tracy Borkum’s signature ‘Bohemian-chic’ design esthetic with pops of bright colors and floral prints, plush pillows, ornate fixtures, and foliage throughout. 

Newly appointed Chef de Cuisine, Daniel Wolinsky, is overseeing cucina SORELLA’s kitchen under the direction of Urban Kitchen Group Executive Chef, Joe Magnanelli. Chef Wolinsky brings nearly a decade of experience from multiple New York City staples such as Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats, as well as kitchens across the globe including Massimo Bottura’s three-star Michelin restaurant Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy). The culinary program at cucina SORELLA offers a new spin on CUCINA’s signature Cal-Italian cuisine, and the menu places a heavy emphasis on authentic handcrafted pastas, seasonal antipasti and plates both small and large, sweet and savory. 

Mirroring the restaurant collective’s passion for wine, cucina SORELLA’s regional wine director Augusto Ferrarese pours a curated list of Italian varietals and regional producers from the West Coast. Rounding out the beverage program, the bar offers nearly a dozen seasonal cocktails, a selection of local craft beer on draught, and a 0-proof menu of non-alcoholic libations.

In the months to come, pasta lovers can look forward to cucina SORELLA’s interactive hands-on pasta making classes where attendees will have an opportunity to learn from the pro as Chef Wolinsky educates guests on the art of pasta and traditional Italian cooking techniques. 

Borkum’s signature spin on ‘Restaurant to Retail’ carries over at cucina SORELLA, where she offers diners nearly everything for sale within her vibrant venue. From chairs and tables to hand screened aprons and glassware, items can be ordered from the group’s online marketplace, Urban Kitchen Shop. The restaurant also features an in-store boutique retail section that sells homemade candles, soaps, garden necessities, party accessories, and unique wares sourced exclusively from an impressive roster of creatives.  

cucina SORELLA is located at 4055 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. with Happy Hour offered Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the bar. cucina SORELLA is currently closed on Mondays. For more information, visit, like cucina SORELLA on Facebook, and follow along on Instagram and Twitter