+
Melanie Wong | Jul 23, 201802:01 AM     4

When my plans in Petaluma fell through, I headed over to Della Fattoria Cafe for a solo lunch. A few months ago, it expanded meal service into the adjacent event space and re-organized the retail bakery to include a grab-and-go selection as well as a few seats. It's has resumed dinner service again, Thursday through Saturday, with plans to add more nights in the future. Dinner reservations can be made on Openable.

At 1:30pm on a Tuesday (admittedly the day before the 4th of July holiday), I was surprised to find a line-up of customers waiting for tables in a full house. After about ten minutes, I was seated at the communal table at the front of the cafe's dining room.

A daily special of Fried fish and fingerling potatoes, $16, sounded good on the menu. This turned out to be a fish-n-chips take made with rock cod and waxy potatoes. The batter was very crunchy and pretty thick leaving a oil smear on the plate. Yet, the local rockfish was juicy, perfectly cooked and impeccably fresh. Knocking some of the batter off worked for me, and a drag through the rich tartar sauce. The flattened and deep-fried potatoes appealed to me even more.

House-brewed, unsweetened ice tea was refilled for me a couple times on this warm afternoon. A shortage of lemons meant there was no lemonade available that day nor Arnold Palmers.

Bread and butter is by request only. Do remember to ask for some with an entree order.

Previously I'd visited this event space for Raft Wines release party a year ago. Refitted as a dining room, the energy and casual sophistication complement Della Fattoria's cuisine.

After my meal, I stopped by the bakery side to pick up some bread. Near closing time, this is all that was left for sale. Next time I'll make my purchase before lunch.

Della Fattoria Cafe
143 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA

Earlier report on Della Fattoria Cafe https://www.chowhound.com/post/della-...

Della Fattoria Homepage

dellafattoria.com
Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

Invite a friend to chime in on this discussion.

Email a Friend

More from Chowhound

Support These Black-Owned Bars & Restaurants in Major U.S. Cities
Food Trends

Support These Black-Owned Bars & Restaurants in Major U.S. Cities

by David Watsky | Over the weekend, angst, anger, and unrest over the police killing of George Floyd reached a fever...

22 Black-Owned Culinary Businesses to Support Right Now—and Always
Shop

22 Black-Owned Culinary Businesses to Support Right Now—and Always

by Amy Schulman | Over the past week, the country has erupted in protest over the unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna...

How to Fight for Food Justice in America
Explainers

How to Fight for Food Justice in America

by David Watsky | What is food justice? We tackle the broad concept of food justice as well as some of the causes of...

Take Pride in Your Cooking: The Best Cookbooks by LGBTQ+ Chefs
Shop

Take Pride in Your Cooking: The Best Cookbooks by LGBTQ+ Chefs

by Simone Paget | There’s nothing quite like the feeling of cracking open a new cookbook and being immediately inspired...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.