As is our tradition, Vinomaker and I like to surprise each other with a visit to a new restaurant on each other's birthday. My surprise eatery this birthday was The Thomas at Fagiani's in downtown Napa. I had been wanting to visit The Thomas for a while now as I had heard good things about it.
Fagiani's was originally a bar and liquor store that closed down in 1974 after a ghastly murder on the premises. The building remained shuttereded until it was sold to the current proprietors some 37 years later. The restaurant's name, the bar is still called Fagiani's, comes from the original establishment, (the building was built in 1909, historic for Napa), which was a restaurant and a boarding house. Interestingly, The Thomas was operated as a speakeasy during prohibition. And that's about where my interest in The Thomas ends.
Mediocre service, mediocre food, (except a special mention should go to the baked brussel sprouts which were instead carbonised), and a mediocre 'wine by the glass' wine list, overall The Thomas was a disappointing experience. Hate when that happens.
Vinomaker did manage to find a couple of wines that were quaffable; a Navarro Vineyards, 2012 Riesling (Anderson Valley AVA) and a Giornata, 2012 'Il Campo' - a Sangiovese blend (Central Coast AVA). On a positive note, because there are so many great restaurants to choose from in the Napa Valley, I never have to eat at The Thomas again.