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Swiss Hotel - Sonoma

Jennie Sheeks | Feb 13, 2003 12:00 PM

Mom was in town on business last week and suggested a parent-child rendezvous in Sonoma at the Swiss Hotel, which I'd probably not been to since some previous parent-child conference.
We perused the menu, made our choices and prepared to order until we discovered the specials on the back and changed our minds completely.
We split an appetizer from the specials menu of a grilled half artichoke topped with fried oysters and a garlic-artichoke heart tomato sauce. Mmmm, good!
I had the pasta special of the day which I can only describe as voluptuous. Ricotta filled ravioli in a rich, cream & butter-laced sauce of leeks and Meyer lemon, heavily dosed with lumps and shreds of fresh Dungeness crab meat and crowned with a few fresh, tender, perfectly seared scallops. I couldn't finish it but it held up beautifully for lunch the next day. I never even tried to taste Mom's risotto, which looked rich with cheese. I just couldn't really tear myself away from my own food.
Overall the food was a bit "old school" with a few "new school" techniques and ingredients, and really delicious. I have little hope of having that lovely pasta again, but am trying to schedule a return visit soon (with or without parental escort).

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