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Pazza in Petaluma

Marsha | Mar 27, 200610:51 AM

Had dinner at Pazza last night, a newish Italian restaurant in Petaluma in the rather odd location of the old Tuttle's Drugs, and it was very good. I think people from the late, lamented Buona Sera (which burned down a few years ago) are running it. The big room is divided by an interesting blue "wave" into an attractive bar on the windows side and tables on the other. The color scheme is warm ochres and such, extending to the table tops (I prefer linen, but that's just me). Good bread was served with olive oil/balsamic vinegar, and we had our own pepper grinder on the table (nice touch). We had a luscious lobster bisque, and I had sole meunier (I bet I spelled that wrong), which was sweet and light and came with garlic mashed potatoes (creamy) and a very good mix of sauteed vegetables, including asparagus. The light lemon sauce on the sole was pleasing, but I would have liked the flour coating to have been served a little bit drier. My partner had veal "jump in your mouth" (saltimbocca), which was also very good, and a rhubarb strawberry compote thingie for dessert. He had a Rhone wine with dinner; I had pinot grigio--both were just right. Servings were very generous, the bread was promptly refilled, and they asked twice if I wanted a refill on my decaf coffee after dinner. They even waited until I was through eating (long after my partner, who eats fast) before asking about removing his plate--a sure sign of good service, as far as I'm concerned. My partner said it wasn't too expensive, too! We'll be back.

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