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Chowdown Report: Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar in Santa Rosa

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Chowdown Report: Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar in Santa Rosa

Melanie Wong | Nov 16, 2007 03:06 PM

Today five North Bay chowhounds gathered for lunch at the newish Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar. The consensus opinon: two thumbs up!

We ordered in stages so that our pizze would be each be fresh and hot. Even though the place was very busy during lunch hour, our server and the cooks handled this quite well.

In order of service, we tried

1st round -
Margherita pizza, $10
Risotto with hunter's style rabbit and butternut squash in a red wine glaze, $18
House made "burrata" and Parma prosciutto, $9.50
Fritto misto, $8.50

2nd round -
Nonna's anchovy spread, $3
Pizzetta, $3

3rd round -
Uvo pizza, $13
Point Reyes pizza, $11

4th round -
Mediterranean piadina, $9

Per the receipt, our check was opened at 12:12 pm and we closed the bill at 1:23pm, so you can get in and out of here in less than an hour if you order less than we did.

The wine list has local and imported wines. They're identified as "here" and "there", and also designated as organic, sustainable, or biodynamic. Twenty-two selections are available by the 6 oz. glass, 250ml or 500ml. Most bottle prices are under $35 and only a few cost more than $45. The chalkboard listed some cellared wines if you want something with more age on it. Corkage is $10 and donated to the Santa Rosa United Soccer Scholarship fund. We tried the 2005 Di Majo Norante "San Giorgio" Sangiovese,, Molise for $20/bottle.

Our bill with one espresso (with the option of agave nectar sweetener), one Arnold Palmer, all the above, plus tax and tip came to $140 for the five of us. So, 'hounds, please tell us about your favorites.

Here are some snapshots -
http://flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/...
(suggestion: select slideshow, then click on the lower edge of the slide to see the captions).

Edited to add: I felt like i had a serious case of garlic breath once we were done. No one was happier to find out that Perugina Glacia mints are available at the cashier!

www.rossopizzeria.com

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Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar
53 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, CA

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