My birthday started with someone cooking breakfast for me and ended with someone cooking dinner for me - a Vinogirl could get used to that.
For dinner, Vinomaker had made reservations at Oenotri an Italian restaurant in downtown Napa. The restaurant's website boasts;
"We celebrate culinary traditions rarely seen elsewhere in California - the specialities of Sicily, Campania, Calabria, Basilicata, and Puglia...and our pasta is made fresh daily...As part of our goal to serve quality artisinal pizza, we imported a wood-fueled Acino oven from Naples to bake authentic pizza Napoletana."
So, Vinomaker and I braced ourselves for a gastronomic tour of all things Italian...oh yum!
The food was pretty good, although the portions were quite paltry (definitely a culinary tradition rarely seen elsewhere in California). The wine list was extensive, but we opted to undertake a self guided virtual-vino-tour of Italy by choosing wines from Oenotri's by the glass list. Vinomaker enjoyed a Collestefano Verdicchio with his quail salad, so much so that he paired a second glass with his main course of scallops. I had a Sartori Roccolo Grassi Soave with my mixed greens salad and a glass of Reversanti Barabresco with my main course, Bucatini all'Amatriciana. Finally, we shared a glass of Fama Fiororange, a dessert wine made from Orange muscat, to wash down a ricotta, pear and pistachio tart.
All in all, it was a pleasant evening. However, I did find it a tad curious that no bread was served with dinner. Now, coming from Liverpool, the city that invented the butty, I felt it my duty to ask the waitress why no bread had been offered. To paraphrase, the waitress told me that there were two reasons for the bread-drought; firstly, the chef apparently believes that to give patrons bread would overload them with too many carbohydrates and secondly, well darn it, people are simply just too wasteful. Okay then!
I'm not sure if I will be visiting Oenotri again, but if nutritional nannyism along with food rationing is your thing, then perhaps Oenotri is just the restaurant for you!