STICA, the newest Santa Ynez Valley dining concept from the team behind S.Y. Kitchen and Nella Kitchen & Bar, and part of Toscana Restaurant Group, is slated to open in the town of Santa Ynez, California, summer of 2024.

Located at 3563 Numancia Street, just steps from sibling, S.Y. Kitchen, STICA will serve as a grab-and-go, counter-service eatery and market meant as a laid-back, casual meal option or for stocking up on wine country snacks. The space will offer freshly-prepared salads to-go, as well as pre-made sandwiches, fresh pastas and sauces, and other assorted market goods. STICA will also feature Roman pinsas, which will be offered by the slice or as a create-your-own pinsa board, available warmed at the shop, or prepared to be heated at home. STICA will also stock boutique wines from Italy, the U.S., and around the globe, with a focus on hard-to-find labels and everyday wines with lower price-points.

“With STICA, we wanted to take a step back from S.Y. Kitchen’s slightly more-formal setting. The eatery will feature fun, unfussy offerings, a nonchalant attitude with a little bit of an urban edge,” said owner/partner, Chef Luca Crestanelli, also owner/partner and executive chef of now-11-year-old S.Y. Kitchen and Nella Kitchen & Bar, which opened in 2020 in the nearby Santa Barbara wine country town of Los Olivos.

STICA joins the Toscana Restaurant Group family which now includes S.Y. Kitchen, Nella Kitchen and Bar, Nerano in Beverly Hills, Bar Toscana and Toscana in Brentwood, the latter of which celebrated its 35th anniversary in April 2024.

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