La Vecchia Cucina
Chef Mark Mollica was born and raised in Southern California. From an early age, Chef Mollica has been working in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother. It was then that a passion for food and cooking developed. However, it wasn't until after graduating from college with a degree in business marketing that he turned to his true passion. With an eager spirit to learn more, Chef Mollica decided to pursue a culinary career and went on to be classically trained. From there he decided to apprentice in some of the top restaurants and hotels in several regions throughout Italy.
In 2005 Chef Mollica joined La Vecchia Cucina in Santa Monica. He worked in every facet of the kitchen moving up quickly and eventually taking control of the kitchen. In 2006 Chef Mollica, together with his brother and business partner Anthony, acquired La Vecchia Cucina and have made it Santa Monica's finest neighborhood Italian restaurant. Night after night, Chef Mollica seamlessly creates traditional Italian cuisine along with seasonal daily specials. Chef Mollica continues his love for food and knowledge by regularly traveling to Italy. On a recent trip to Italy, Chef Mollica was honored by Academia Barilla as a Certified Master Chef of Italian Cuisine.