Veteran Italian Chef to Design Menu at Manhattan Beach’s New Coastal Perch

Nov 13, 2019 195

Restaurant owner David Slay is developing a pattern in Manhattan Beach. The Manhattan Beach resident and chef takes over longstanding shuttered restaurants and converts them into new spots for the beachside city. In February, he took over Darren’s and built Slay Steak + Fish House. This fall, he leased the former 35-year-old Jimmy’s Kouzina to open Slay Italian Kitchen. The new Italian restaurant debuts mid-November, and Slay recruited veteran chef Don Dickman to develop the menu.

Considering Dickman’s success with All’Acqua — before departing last year — and formerly running the kitchens at Matteo’s and Barbrix, he’s a solid choice to build Slay’s rustic Italian menu. The late Jonathan Gold described Dickman’s style as “hearty, masculine cooking,” and Slay says they’ll emphasize a rotating menu with fresh and dried pastas, meats, with vegetables and wines from his own Santa Barbara County farm, Slay Estate and Vineyard.

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