Indulge in a dining experience that will scintillate all your senses. Watch the water swallow a lazy, sinking sun. Hear the soothing sounds of the waves crashing on the beach. Breathe in the calming aroma of salty ocean air. Feel the warm breeze swirl around your shoulders. And taste an eclectic blend of exquisite flavors as they dance into your palete.
From a midday brunch to supper at sunset, whether you sit out on the sundeck or unwind indoors, Moonshadows is the ultimate casual dining setting, right on the Malibu beach. Our friendly staff serves a mouthwatering mix of seafood and signature dishes with Asian fusion, Italian and American influences. For a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap, stop by the the Blue Lounge Bar on the patio. Or get into the rhythm of the evening by listening to live DJs. With room for parties of 50, Moonshadows is also the ideal atmosphere for private and corporate events. We’ll even cater to your needs by bringing the food to your home or office.
Originally from Venice, Italy, Andrea’s passion for culinary and hospitality businesses has brought him to the United States. His early career was spent mastering every imaginable facet of luxury service operations, and the corresponding values and standards necessary for success.
Andrea began working at the prominent Venice restaurant, Do Forni e Antico Pignolo, from 1979-81. He continued his career in the hotel industry at Cortina D’Ampezzo and 5-star hotels, such as Londra Palace, Metropole, Danieli and Excelsior, in Lido. These diverse experiences gave him the perspective to be an effective personnel manager with a high-level of empathy, but also a direct approach to discipline. Andrea’s successful management style is confirmed by the unusually low staff turnover in the operations he has managed.
Arriving in Los Angeles in 1985, Andrea started his American career by working in a small Italian restaurant, La Terazza. During that time, he decided to go to school, and in 1987, he completed the UCLA Hotel Restaurant Management Program, receiving his UCLA Vintage Program Certification and AIS Certification.
In 1989, Andrea joined Spectrum Foods Inc., a leading restaurants group in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County and San Diego. A few years later, he joined the famous Chianti Cucina on Melrose, as an assistant manager. In three years, he was promoted to general manager at the prestigious Harry’s Bar American and Grill in Century City. A year after that, he joined Prego in Beverly Hills and spend few years there. With all of his experience in restaurant businesses, Andrea decided to open his first restaurant, Il Buco, in Beverly Hills.
In 2001, he opened his second Restaurant, Moonshadows in Malibu, with his longtime friends, Rodolfo Costella and Franco Simplicio. His mission was to transform the old diamond in the rough into a “chic and casual” Malibu beach restaurant, featuring a patio bar called Blue Lounge. The restaurant has been highly acclaimed and has received awards from many renowned institutions, such as Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence (2006-2011), The Michelin Award and The Best of City Search. Moonshadows has also been featured in several top magazines and as Travel Channel’s “sexiest beach restaurant and bar in the world.”
This year, Andrea celebrates his 10th successful year at Moonshadows. With his hands-on management, leadership and creative partnership, he aspires to not only be a culinary trendsetter, but also a pioneer within the restaurant industry.