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Meet Michela Manesco and Massimiliano Regis of Priscio in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michela Manesco and Massimiliano Regis.

Michela and Massimiliano, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We first came to LA in 2013 for a trip and fell in love with the city and its people at first sight. The palm trees, the ocean, the idea of freedom. We knew immediately that we wanted to move here. Priscio was born to mix our love for California and Italy. We liked the Italian word “Priscio” because it recalls “precious” and brings excitement.

The idea was to have a place where people could come to experience a taste of Italian tradition. Coffee, panini, pasta or desserts. We like the traditional and healthy. For Italian people, food is something different, it’s culture, fun and family history. It’s a chance to share and care. Great food is the real Italian religion, and we want our customers to be part of it.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
We’re a family business so we had to work really hard in order to sustain all the expenses and to get the word out. But we are in the best neighborhood and our customers are family to us. We have a community of people who loves Italy and Italian food and this is our biggest joy.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Priscio – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
We’re specialists in coffee and food. We have two different kinds of coffee beans, Vergnano and Danesi, from northern and central Italy. Our panini are simple and tasty and made in the best Italian tradition: few ingredients but very high quality. For the cheeses we use mozzarella, parmesan, pecorino and the best burrata. Prosciutto crudo, salami, prosciutto cotto and bresaola for the meats. Bresaola is one of the best sellers because it is a special Italian meat that comes from beef. It has been awarded international prizes as one of the healthier meat of the world. We make homemade pasta, lasagna, parmigiana and pizza. Everything we serve has a story that we want to share with you.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We’re planning to have the real Italian Aperitivo, a drink/light meal that takes place at the end of the workday as a kind of warm up to dinner. Traditionally Aperitivo options tend to be light on alcohol and savory in taste, meaning they pair perfectly with salty snacks. Appetizers and other light fare are typically provided as long as you are drinking, though the types of foods vary immensely from cheeses and cured meats to quiches, vegetables, pizzas and even small plates of pasta. The idea is to nibble. Aperitivi comes in one of two ways: either buffet-style, where you fill your plate with the food you’d like or a one-size-fits-all plate of various fare that they will bring out to you along with your drink. Typically, someone will seat you and take your drink order. You don’t have to drink alcohol in order to take part in the Aperitivo, but you do order a beverage of some sort if you want to eat. It’s light and fun, the typical Italian way.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 1912 Broadway #100
    Santa Monica, CA
  • Website:
  • Phone: 3103099463
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @thepriscio
  • Facebook: @ThePriscio
  • Yelp: Priscio

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