The Best New Bites
Wine Country is going global, with these new, intriguing, international-themed eateries.
Zosia Café and Kitchen // Henrique Bagulho
Zosia Café and Kitchen
Polish borscht and hunter’s stew are just two of the mouthwatering delights at this Eastern European gem featuring Polish, Hungarian, and German food.
Chef/owner: Slawek and Monika Michalak are Polish natives who built a career with retail stores in Santa Rosa before jumping into the restaurant business.
Vibe: Eclectic decor includes a 1965 R69S BMW motorcycle on display, a black tile–backed wine bar, and a lovely patio with an Airstream trailer coffee bar.
Best Bite: Siberian pelmeni are particularly sumptuous, as a half dozen pork and beef dumplings are bathed in organic chicken broth and fresh herbs, all capped with a dollop of sour cream.
Star Sip: Beers from the European region, like Czech Primátor, German Kaiserdom, and Polish Warka.
9010 Graton Rd., Graton, (707) 861-9241, zosiacafe.com. Breakfast, brunch, and lunch Wed.–Mon.
Revibe Café and Scoop Bar
This café covers Caribbean tapas, a tonic bar, live island music, and from-scratch ice cream.
Chef/owner: Former New Yorker Will Abrams and Culinary Institute of America–trained chef Anthony Walters of Kingston, Jamaica, have joined forces for specialties spanning Spanish, African, British, Chinese, East Indian, and Rastafarian recipes.
Vibe: A bright red wall in the bar, plus a curved metal Quonset hut roof in the dining room lend a fun, funky mood.
Best Bite: Saba’s Signature Curried Goat is an authentic, savory morsel of braised meat, potatoes, and spicy brown gravy.
Star Sip: Red Stripe Jamaican beer.
7365 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol, (707) 827-8188, revibecafe.com. Dinner Wed.–Sun.
For nearly two decades, this Portuguese restaurant served à la carte lunch and dinner. In January, it switched to prix fixe dinners only. Now, the classic menu is back.
Chef/owner: Manuel Azevedo also owns Café Lucia in Healdsburg, plus Tasca Tasca and Shiso in Sonoma.
Vibe: The heart of the bright, cheery spot is an elaborately tiled wood-burning fireplace behind a polished wood dine-in bar.
Best Bite: Caldeirada, the classic Portuguese fisherman’s stew, is a symphony of sea bass, scallops, clams, mussels, shrimp, linguiça, and potatoes moistened with rich golden broth.
Star Sip: An extensive port and Madeira list impresses; try the Colheita port flight of Poças 1967, Poças 1976, and Krohn 1987.
452 First St. E, Ste. H, Sonoma, (707) 938-1927, lasaletterestaurant.com. Lunch and dinner daily.
The former NapaStyle marketplace has been transformed into a café, market, and mozzeria.
Chef/owner: Celebrity talent Michael Chiarello spins his magic yet again, right next to his thriving Bottega restaurant.
Vibe: Slick and sleek wood frames weathered brick walls, a stainless steel and tile-framed oven, and a large, glass-framed salumi case.
Best Bite: Crispy, wood-fired Margherita pizza laden with basil, raw tomato puree, and hand-pulled mozzarella from the on-site mozz guy.
Star Sip: Italian wines, including a Braida Montebruna Barbera from Piemonte.
6525 Washington St., Yountville, (707) 944-0102, ottimo-nv.com. Breakfast and lunch daily.