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La Piazza

La Piazza, Italian for “The Square” is our patio dining restaurant located in San Diego County. Enjoy breathtaking views of our lake and vineyard while savoring authentic Italian cuisine. Our menu is inspired by the traditions of Italy, including spectacular Naples-style pizza. We are committed to providing exceptional food and ensuring that every visit is a memorable one.

2023
Best Italian restaurant
Restaurant Guru

Our Executive Chef

Meet our esteemed chef

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Rees Meckling
Executive Chef

With over 17 years of culinary experience alongside renowned Michelin-star chefs, Chef Rees earned his Culinary degree from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley and a Sommelier Certification. He honed his skills in top California restaurants like Acquerello and Auberge Du Soleil before joining the Thomas Keller Organization, where he executed high-end catering events for 3 Michelin starred restaurant, The French Laundry. Immersed in Italian cuisine through travel and family ties, he founded a catering company in San Diego, offering Michelin-star experiences. Now as Executive Chef at Monserate Winery, Rees crafts an eclectic Italian menu, emphasizing seasonal ingredients and traditional techniques, reflecting his passion for culinary excellence.