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Rosso Pizzeria+Wine Bar - Santa Rosa

RWCFoodie | Jan 14, 2008 05:57 PM

It's a good thing really that this place isn't closer to my home or I'd quickly add the lbs....

I read Melanie's post and when we had to take a ride up to Santa Rosa on Saturday afternoon, I knew that this was a place I had to try - once again, I convinced DH that we needed to have some dinner before heading on to the memorial service of an old friend... a sad reason for the trip but Rosso made all the difference!!!

We pulled into Santa Rosa at about 4:00 pm which was the perfect time to try Rosso - there was only one other table occupied when we walked in. In fact, I was a little concerned as there were only 3 or 4 cars in the lot and the exterior of the restaurant actually looked a little forlorn with it's empty tables and chairs... Little did I know!

We were graciously seated in one of the nice booths and quickly our server (Joelle) came over with menus. Once again, armed with my CH printouts, I knew what I wanted already... The "House made Burrata + Parma Proscuitto, and the Funghi pizza but then the Beet Mista salad caught my eye - I love oven roasted beets and the combination of beets with red onion and citrus plus Bulgarian feta was just calling me! This was perhaps the only slightly disappointing item as the feta consisted of about 5 tiny pieces (the size of rice grains) - when a salad costs $9.00, in my opinion, the feta should have been more apparent then this. I also had to have the "Capo" salad, with Rafter Ranch arugula, oven roasted artichokes, shaved parmesano reggiano and whole lemon vinaigrette.

DH had one of the Moonlight Brewing Co. IPA type beers and I went for a glass of the Flowers pinot. IPA was very nice. Pinot was disappointing to me; it had a harsh taste that I don't associate with pinot... Joelle asked me how I like it and I said I wasn't crazy about it - without missing a beat, she asked if I'd like something else instead and wouldn't take no for an answer. She took it away and brought a glass of the "J" Pinot, Russian River; which was more to my taste. Small negative on my part: I really dislike the wine glasses they are using, the ones without a stem... I know that some prefer them for swirling and they must save on breakage and spillage but I just don't like them at all... but that's just me!

The "Burrata" and proscuitto really I don't think could have been any better; just so fresh tasting. I've eaten proscuitto any number of times but this just tasted so much better... that plate was empty in a flash!

Then our salads came out: The beets were stellar (to coin an oft-used culinary term...) with the exception of the missing in action feta. The arugula was so fresh and clean tasting; maybe could have used a bit more dressing but was very good.

Then came the pizza: why can't all pizza be this good! I love the thin, blistery, slightly charred type of crust and the mushrooms with the thyme and cheese with just a bit of garlic flavor was just soooo good. We tried to eat slowly but it was so hard to keep from just inhaling this!

By this time, the place had filled up and they were waiting in line for a table! So, we finished up and went off to say good bye to our old friend...

Do yourself a favor, get there early and enjoy!

Rosso Pizzeria+Wine Bar
Creekside Center
53 Montgomery Dr.
Santa Rosa CA 95404
707-544-3221
www.rossopizzeria.com

Here's a link to Melanie's post:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/470112

Also, the daily specials look wonderful: Sunday is "Slow Roasted Pig" - sigh - Joelle says they have it every Sunday and are pairing it with carmelized winter squash... must make it up there on a Sunday soon!

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