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Luncheon Banquet at Villa Romano, Napa


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Luncheon Banquet at Villa Romano, Napa

Melanie Wong | Apr 11, 2004 03:04 PM

From time to time we get inquiries for banquet rooms, so I thought I’m mention a business lunch I attended a few weeks ago at Villa Romano. We had the upstairs private room in this historic building with the seating arranged in a U-shape for 25 people.

The menu was Caesar salad, a choice of three entrees – grilled chicken breast with sautéed vegetables, tortellini with Bolognese sauce, or vegetarian risotto primavera, and crème brulee. As we were waiting for dessert, our lead server reappeared and announced that something had gone wrong with the crème brulee and the chef would not serve it. Instead we had pineapple tiramisu, a light version with good tart-sweet balance that I liked better. The Caesar salad is also recommended, a garlicky version with extra anchovies served on the side. Service was efficient.

I’ve had several business lunches in the last couple years here. The restaurant has been chosen more for its convenient location than its cuisine. However, the dishes that have proved to be safe bets are the grilled seafood salad (seared scallops and jumbo prawns on mesclun greens) and whatever the special pasta of the day might be. The duck confit salad was too light on duck and the gnocchi excessively gummy. I also enjoy the herbed oil and vinegar for dipping the warm bread. The place fills up fast at lunchtime – best to arrive before noon and get your order in quickly or service can be painfully slow.


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