When you think of Italian cuisine the words tradition, family and rich ingredients come to mind—oh, and don’t forget, full stomach! These North Bay Italian restaurants (and Great Chefs & Wineries participants) and wine importer fill the hearts and stomachs of eager diners with award-winning flavors that pay homage to their authentic roots.
Meet…Piatti Ristorante & Bar
With open kitchens and stone hearth pizza ovens, Piatti restaurant reflects the warmth, charm and welcoming atmosphere of a traditional Italian trattoria. Piatti restaurant is a gathering place where friends, family and neighbors eat, drink and socialize. Since 1987, Piatti has ensured that at least 50% of the produce used in their rustic Italian cuisine is locally grown, and tastes like it. What’s even better than the good food are the good people who work and dine there. Piatti’s is committed to supporting their community through their “Dine for Dollars” fundraising—donating over $100,000 each year to local schools and select charities.
Frantoio Ristorante is a family run restaurant that unites only the finest ingredients. They serve locally produced fruit, vegetables, seafoods and meats while remaining loyal to their Italian roots. Dishes are prepared with their award winning extra virgin olive oil which is made in an in-house state of the art Certified Organic olive oil production facility. Patrons, during the crushing season (November and December), can even watch the entire olive oil making process while enjoying an authentic contemporary Italian meal.
Il Fornaio recently celebrated their 25th anniversary—that’s 25 years of sights, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine. Established in 1986, the Marin location was the first full-service Italian restaurant venture of their 21 locations to open its doors. Not only can diners find Italian regional specialties on the menu, but the restaurant also has a retail market that features freshly baked goods and prepared foods. Pastas, flavorful sauces, warm crusted bread, and meat and vegetables roasted over hot coals are just a sample of the authentic Italian fare that diners are treated to every day.
Meet…Noble Grape Wines
Begun by A. Lawrence Romano (Larry) over 50 years ago, Noble Grape Wines maintains the tradition of introducing quality, limited production wines to the American market-place. High quality wines produced in limited quantities are hand-selected by Larry along with his sons and daughter—John, Robert, and Nancy Romano— from the very best regions of the world, including Italy. For over three decades, they have been discovering artisan wineries which practice indigenous fermentation methods, sustainable farming approaches, and organic and/or biodynamic principles. The result is a selection of thoughtfully made, high quality wines which contribute to sustaining a healthy body and lifestyle. Can’t wait to sample the selection of wines they have in store for the 2013 Great Chefs & Wineries event!