Oenotri is located in the town of Napa. A bit far from where we were in Callistoga but that is what the bus is all about. I had a bus take us down there and drive us back so the drive was part of the evening.
Simple delicious Italian food that was a nice change of pace. Really worth going to. They menu changes based on the season and what is fresh that day. They offer pizzas, antipasti, pastas, secondis and contornis (sides). I ordered for the table and bagged the secondis. Our first round out began with a plate of salamis. One was better than the next.
We had a few pizzas. The first was the classic Mozzarella di Bufala and a San Marzano Tomato sauce and Basil. Really good crust.
We also had the pepperoni with carmelized onions and mizuna ( kind of like arugula ). The tiny pieces of pepperoni were amazing and packed a nice spicy punch.
A salad of more figs! Candy striped figs with leeks and a mixture of greens and radicchio. Nice.
Simple mixed lettuces with Parmigiana-Reggiano and a nice light lemon vinaigrette. Just perfect.
I thought this was really clever. A twist on a classic Caesar salad. Lettuces with grilled squid, anchovies and a tully dolci egg right in the middle.
Pasta was next. This was just a red sauce with tiny short pastas. Actually a tad sweet.
Long thick pastas with braised pork shoulder sauce. This was awesome. Rich and flavorful.
A few sides. They do a very of polentas with different cheeses. We tried a gorgonzola and a parmigiana. Rich and good.
This is was interesting but a bit salty. Braised Monterey Bay squid in a red sauce over a piece of toasted bread like a crostini.
Fried Padron peppers with sea salt are always good for sharing.
Last was a caponata of eggplants, peppers and onions.
Really delicious and fresh food. Here are the wines we had too. Red.
White. I particularly love the name.
Grilled squid on a caesar? not getting that. Feels wrong somehow. Was it good?
I liked it. Different
Try and check out Healdsburg. It is the “best” of the wine country towns.
We ate at Oenotri a few weeks back and were turned off by the enormity of the wine list which leaned heavily on pricey Italian wines. They did have a helpful sommelier who was happy to assist but drinking Italian while in Napa felt like a travesty. They should consider a wider price range and offer some good options under $50 .
interesting. i think we were so Napa’d that having liquor and other options was a relief for the crowd but I totally get where you are coming from.
The ‘open faced’ Caesar looks amazing. Anchovies are such an underrated ingredient and I’m a sucker for a poached (or fried) egg on anything.
Me too. Love the egg