Chef Linda Johnsen is the Owner/Executive Chef of Filomena’s Italian Kitchen in Costa Mesa and Filomena’s Italian Market, opening in Fall 2016. Linda grew up in South Philly in a traditional Italian American family where she spent Sunday’s with her Grandmother, Filomena, and Aunt Rosemary making a pot of Sunday Sauce and learning the secrets to making “homemades” or pasta. This is where the tradition and techniques of Italian cooking were passed down to Linda and what she now shares with her guests in both her restaurants.

The Italian Kitchen has been named one of the Orange County Register’s 2015 Best Top 10 Italian Restaurant’s in the OC, and for a second year in a row, one of the 75 Best Places to Eat in the OC.   Her award-winning pizza has been honored in 2016 by ranking #9 in the Register’s Top 20 Best Pizzas in Orange County, and #4 in Orange Coast magazines Best 28 in the OC.  The Italian Kitchen was also ranked the #1 Restaurant in Costa Mesa by Trip Advisor.

Linda spends the majority of her time making sure her guests are being properly fed as a true Italian mother would do. She currently resides in Newport Beach with her family and can be contacted at linda@filomenasoc.com.   Follow Filomena’s on Facebook & Instagram at “filomenascafe” for the latest events and to see what Linda is whipping up for her customers.