The new venture of Pilar Sanchez and her husband Didier Lenders has opened in Napa a few doors down from Zuzu. Most recently Pilar was at Greystone Restaurant at the Culinary Institute and before that, Meadowood,
I stopped in last night to meet a friend for a glass of wine. The space is small, bright, and feels uncluttered. The wine list was fairly extensive and well thought out, but the wines-by-the-glass options were somewhat limited. However both my friend and I enjoyed glasses of prosecco and rosé. The menu is short but interesting with a definite Latin influence. The bartender indicated that because the menu changes frequently they dont have house specialties.
We split two appetizers; a grilled quartered artichoke with green garlic aioli and a roasted pasilla pepper stuffed with manchego and chorizo, accompanied by lightly dressed pea sprouts. The smoky charring of the artichoke was nice against the pungent aioli. The pasilla was served cold, the manchego and chorizo stuffing thick like butter, but was very good. My only complaint was that I wanted a bigger portion of it. (g)
The entrees that sailed by looked like generous portions. Im curious to go back for a broader stab at the menu.
If you stop in to sit at the bar make sure to sit on the short side of the L-shaped bar. I sat on the long side near the corner and despite the fact that I scooted my chair in I was jostled frequently from behind as diners and staff passed behind me.
807 Main St., Napa
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