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Napa (Oxbow Market) - Folio Enoteca & Winery

rworange | Jan 2, 2008 08:14 PM

Since Pica Pica wasn’t open yet, I decided to roost at the one place serving hot food.

The wines being served are I’M – Isabel Mondavi, Hangtime, and Oberon. It didn’t sound like they planned to serve other wines from Folio, but who knows, they are still in the throws of opening.

There’s no real kitchen. Some of the food must be made off-site like the slow-roasted 5 Dot Ranch pork. There’s a appliance that holds two soups and a panini press.

The menu says “Chef Sarah Scott forages the market for inspiration and ingredients to create dishes that highlight the each season, complementing the food friendly wines of Folio”

Ingredients on the menu today were sourced from 5 Dot Ranch, Fatted Calf, Model Bakery, Bera Ranch, Whole Spice, Oxbow Cheese Merchant. They didn’t mention it but they serve Anderson Valley bread and butter pickles with the sandwiches. Yum … one of the few times I will use the word yum … but … yum … I love those pickles.

I had
- Roasted winter squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds and crème fraiche $5
- Slow roasted pork panini with caramelized onions, spicy tomato relish, and St. George Cheese on foccacia $10
- Beet and Bara Ranch orange salad $4

They use eco-friendly plates and cutlery which really took a little away from the experience. Not a lot. I realize they don’t have room to wash dishes … other than the one for their really nice Italian wine tumblers. Still.

The squash soup was very nice but I wish I had read the menu more carefully. They also had minestrone made with Fatted Calf fennel sausage & Foliage olive oil drizzle $7. The couple next to me said it was really delicious.

The pork sandwich was very good … crispy pressed bread lovingly holding nice pieces of roasted pork and oozing cheese. I think there was an opening glitch and the spicy tomato relish was forgotten because I never realized it was supposed to be there until I just copied it from the menu.

I’m kind of glad though. It was a really good sandwich especially paired with the cup of pickles … sort of a Cubano experience. I’m also questioning whether the cheese was St George or there was a substitution. It was a lot milder than those I’ve tried in the past ... local or imported.

The beet salad was fantastic. Those Bara Ranch oranges were full of flavor.

This was the first day and there were a number of gliches. They were training the very nice server on how to use the register.

The wine / food pairing was a little off. The I’M 2006 Rose didn’t do much for the squash soup and visa versa.

They didn’t have 2 of the 3 wines for the second tasting flight on the menu. Wines will be arriving the 16th.

On the first flight ordering individual tastes is 50 cents less than ordering the flight. Given the distraction and they were pleasant people I’m sort of letting it slide that even though I called attention to that fact, they still charged me the full $12 for the flight instead of $11.50. I considered they were having enough of a challenge getting started.

The glass wine tumblers from Italy are very nice. Very much better than similar Reidel glasses, IMO.

There's a small counter that has about a dozen seats. It was comfortable.

Anyway, even though this was probably the very first day, I enjoyed my lunch. I liked the staff. I’ll definitely stop by again when I’m in the area.

I’ll put the rest of today’s menu in the first link so you can get an idea

Oxbow Public Market
610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

Folio Enoteca
610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

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