Delicious Food + Interesting People + Cultural Curiosity + Human Connection

We believe food is the ultimate human connector. We take inspiration from the wonder of Mediterranean food and world cultures to offer creative social adventures. Whether sitting around a beautiful dinner table or out on an exploration tour, we connect people – from California to Italy – with unforgettable experiences and each other.

“People who love to eat are always the best people.“ – Julia Child


Cucina Migrante for a Cause

We support health and food preparation education for foster children in California and Mexico. A portion of proceeds from some of our events is dedicated to this effort. For more information, please contact us

Custom-designed Dinners and Events

Have an event? Let us help you plan the perfect culinary adventure. Contact us for a custom-designed day, evening, or weekend combining our services for the adventure of a lifetime!

Local, Seasonal Ingredients

When you dine with Cucina Migrante, you will enjoy a meal prepared with the finest ingredients, sourced from local farmers markets and handpicked by Chef Francesco whenever possible.


Cucina Migrante began when Adisa first tasted Francesco’s cooking.With a flavorful meal came interesting conversations about the importance of food, the dining experience, the mutual connection of those who love culture and travel. Before you knew it, they had founded Cucina Migrante, to build a community of people who, like them, value social interaction, traveling, and great food.

Isn’t a meal as much about the wonderful recipes as the great company in which you enjoy them? Doesn’t a vacation become more wonderful when you interact with locals and eat authentic food in hidden restaurants? We wanted to create easier ways for people to have these rich cultural experiences. Through Cucina Migrante, people interested in the world around them can learn more about the world—and each other.

Buon appetito e buon viaggio!


Some consider him the unofficial Sicilian ambassador to San Diego; the fact is, you will never meet someone who brings more Italian free-wheeling spirit and adventure to the kitchen than Chef Francesco. In Italy, a meal is never just a “meal” – it’s a social exchange, a valuable part of the day, and worth putting love and great care into. You’ll see him doing this, whether carefully sourcing ingredients at the local farmer’s market for his next event, or concentrating over a pan, finding a new way to fuse traditional Mediterranean flavors with another culture’s. Prepare to travel the world through his dishes. In his kitchen, anything can happen!


Adisa is the catalyst for our social gatherings, whether it’s an artistically-inspired international dinner or an adventurous road trip through Southern California. Adisa’s dedication to travel, cultures and people is the result of a life spent in various countries. Under her direction, you’ll find Cucina Migrante dinners embrace diversity, lively conversation, and fascinating cultural exchanges. Before Cucina Migrante, Adisa worked alongside a vegan private chef and she is a certified yoga instructor. Ask her about her passion for raw foods, she’d love to introduce you to some of her favorite recipes. With good food, good people, and open hearts she believes all things are possible.


  • What a memorable night! We loved learning about Sicilian culture from Chef Francesco and had the most wonderful time dining and having conversations with the other guests at Cucina Migrante. The combination of stories and cooking lessons and the food made it a night we won’t soon forget. We can’t wait to come back!

  • Amazing food, great ambiance and easy to deal with! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an intimate dining experience for a small to large group!

  • Francesco makes incredible food intuitively, and with passion. His cooking has been a central element to many of my social gatherings. In addition to learning from his techniques, his delightful personality makes me eager for the next time he will be in my kitchen. I’m particularly fond of his strawberry tiramisu.

  • Francesco casts delicious spells as a culinary magician. His deep love and appreciation of flavor imbues every dish with authentic textures and creative expressions. Connect with this Sicilian soothsayer and prepare yourself to sail across the palette and into heaven.

  • One of the best personal chef’s I ever used. This party was on my yacht and everything from communication, deciding menu items, best price by far, set up, serving and the high quality food made from scratch was magnificent!!!!! Can’t wait to use Cucina Migrante for my next event.

A Better Cultural Dining Experience

Supper clubs are underground culinary and social gatherings, recently popularized in many cities across the globe, with origins during the prohibition era, where one can delight in delicious food and drinks, socialize and enjoy live entertainment in a novel environment.


We like it RAW! Especially desserts!

You might have heard of the raw food diet and its health benefits….increased energy, more youthful appearance, improved digestion, prevention of many diseases including heart diseases, cancer, and many others, excess weight loss, and the list goes on and on!


Chef Secrets to Make Your Dinner Party a Success

Hosting a dinner party can be a daunting task! We’ve prepared some insider tips, featuring advice from our own Personal Chef, on how you can have a stress free evening and enjoy a beautiful night with your guests and family.



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Please contact us to arrange your custom private dinner or purchase tickets for our next event.

Prefer the phone? No problem, call us anytime at (619) 414-0691. We look forward to speaking with you!