Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Food Philosophy

Chef Matt Spector's newest delicious venture is about eating well and having fun.



The Ultimate Comfort Food: Zoftig Eatery specializes in hearty and healthy bites for breakfast and lunch.

Photos by Lauren Andersen

News travels fast in Wine Country, especially when good food is involved.

“Got the keys today,” the Facebook post read. “Here we go!” The we in the attached photo was husband-and-wife chef team Matt and Sonjia Spector, smiling with keys in hand.

Cheers, congratulations, and drooling began almost instantaneously. Their previous restaurant, JoLe, called Calistoga home for nearly eight years. Its coconut cream pie (crafted by pastry chef Sonjia), along with countless other delicious dishes, gained the duo a faithful following of visitors and locals alike.

Unlike its upscale predecessor, Zoftig Eatery is casual and relaxed. There’s no fine china, just compostable paper plates, cutlery, and straws. Located in the neighborhood surrounding Santa Rosa’s Memorial Hospital, Zoftig is a bit off the typical Wine Country path but worth the diversion. The restaurant’s name comes from Matt’s grandmother, Bronka Steinfeld, who always told her family, “Your life should be zoftig.” Loosely translated from Yiddish, zoftig (or zaftig) means living a full, complete, or well-fed life. Loaded with tasty, good-for-you foods, Zoftig’s menu takes her wise words to heart.

“It’s all the stuff that we like to eat,” says Matt. “I want it to be fresh. To be quality stuff.”

Comfortable and casual, Zoftig Eatery focuses on catering and lunch. Menus are seasonal and use local ingredients whenever possible.   

“We’re making beautiful salads and killer sandwiches,” says Matt. “There’s soul in that, too.”

The roasted chicken sandwich is topped with apple and brussels sprouts slaw. House-made porchetta stars alongside chicken liver mousse and jalapeño mayo in the Vietnamese banh mi. The Philly special—with chicken cutlet, broccoli rabe, oven-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, and provolone—pays homage to Matt’s East Coast roots. (A Rocky movie poster also hangs in one of the restaurant’s bathrooms.)

After years of working 18-hour days, Matt can now enjoy dinner with his family instead of serving it.

“I just want to have some fun,” says Matt. “I’m excited to be able to check out early.”

As for that famous coconut cream pie, when asked if it’ll make a comeback, Matt laughs and says, “You will have to ask Sonjia.”

Fingers crossed. But until she decides, the house-made white chocolate blondie will do nicely.

Zoftig Eatery is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. zoftigeatery.com.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Wine Country Cooking Classes

Up your kitchen game with these classes.

Dine About Town

Whether you are yearning for Yountville or a newbie noshing in Napa, here are four fantastic new finds on the foodie map.

New Eats

Savor fresh flavors from Wine Country this spring.

Four Must-Try Wine Country Restaurants

Four Wine Country restaurants to delight your taste buds.

New Eats in Napa and Sonoma

Wine Country is brimming with new restaurant and hot spots.

The French Laundry’s New Chapter

Chef Thomas Keller talks about what’s next for his world-famous restaurant in Wine Country.

What's New in the Oxbow District

Napa’s Oxbow District adds new stores and a park to the mix.

New Eats

Delicious news, from three Michelin stars to sports bars.

Rock Lobster

A Maine tradition, in the form of a casual shack serving red-clawed crustaceans, comes to Napa

Forward Thinking

A Napa entrepreneur fuses food, wine, and philanthropy.

Four New Wine Country Restaurants

These restaurants are bound to delight your taste buds.

Market Place

Sebastopol stakes its claim, with a sophisticated shopping and dining arcade.
Edit ModuleShow Tags