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5 New Wine Country Restaurants

New restaurants to delight your taste buds.



courtesy of Ca’ Momi Osteria

Ca’ Momi Osteria

Welcome the fancier big sister of Ca’ Momi Enoteca. Chef-owner and master pizzaiolo Dario De Conti has installed a new pizza oven for his addictive pizzas, plus the menu has expanded.

Small bite: Grilled rock octopus and fingerling potatoes drizzled with parsley-lemon vinaigrette.
Big bite: The tortellini en brodo, celebrating a capon bone broth recipe from Bologna, Italy.
Signature: Montanara pizza, a southern Naples delight. The crust is fried until crispy; topped in marinara sauce, basil, and garlic; and baked until the smoked mozzarella di bufala melts.
Star sip: Ca’ Momi wines and house-brewed beers.

1141 First St., Napa, (707) 224-6664, camomiosteria.com. Lunch and dinner daily.

 

Bird and the Bottle / Loren Hansen

Bird and the Bottle

The latest from Mark and Terri Stark focuses on small plates, cocktails, and a handful of items fired on the wood-burning grill. Dishes reflect Korean, Jewish, and American influences.

Small bite: Pickled shrimp with chile butter.
Big bite: Spicy Nashville fried chicken with slaw and schmaltz sauce.
Signature: Chicken-fried oysters with miso leaf and spicy mayo.
Star sip: Shiso Pretty made of Spirit Works Vodka, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, shiso drinking vinegar, and lime.

1055 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, (707) 568-4000, birdandthebottle.com. Lunch and dinner daily.

 

Cochon Volant BBQ Smoke House  / Rick Bolen

Cochon Volant BBQ Smoke House

A metal flying pig sculpture announces chef Rob Larman’s stylish brick-and-mortar extension of his catering business, Cochon Volant BBQ.

Small bite: Crispy-gooey mac ‘n’ cheese fritters.
Big bite: A Carolina-style pork sandwich with cool coleslaw.
Signature: Beef short ribs with garlic mashed potatoes and heirloom baked beans.
Star sip: Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. Kölsch beer on tap.

18350 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma, (707) 509-5480, cochonvolantbbq.com. Lunch and dinner Thurs.–Mon.

 

Hazel / Sherry Heck

Hazel

The former Bistro des Copains cottage has transformed into a California-Mediterranean destination showcasing local ingredients.

Small bite: The spicy pork sausage pizza, with Highway One cheese, egg, and local arugula.
Big bite: Whole branzino with white wine broth, cherry tomatoes, and potatoes.
Signature: Cured scallops decorated with grapes, Calabrian chile, lime, and spring onion.
Star sip: Occidental Road Cellars Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.

3782 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental, (707) 874-6003, restauranthazel.com. Dinner Tues.–Sun., brunch Sat.–Sun.

 

Kinsmoke

Despite counter service, this joint still manages to be upscale, thanks to a high-end, inventive menu from owners and former Guy Fieri restaurant managers JC Adams and Brad Barmore.

Small bite: Spiced sweet potato tater tots with maple dip.
Big bite: Coffee-rubbed porterhouse.
Signature: Chicken wings and drums with barbecue sauce, bourbon Dijon glaze, and vinegar sauce.
Star sip: Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ American pale wheat ale.

304 Center St., Healdsburg, (707) 473-8440, kinsmoke.com. Lunch and dinner daily.

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