This chain with about a dozen locations in CA and also restaurants in Denver, San Antonio, TX and Seattle, WA. is a joint effort started by Claude Rous & Bob Harmon who opened Aubere du Soleil.
It seems the emphasis is on using local producers as much as possible.
A newspaper review of a local restaurant was a little mixed. It seemed to strike the reviewer as more corporate than locally influenced. That was the same of a blogger who took the time to write a letter inquiring about the Mill Valley location. As far as that location, it seems most of the produce, fish, meat, cheese was local (except for the excellent Calabro ricotta from Connecticut). A few products like spaghetti, penne, proscuitto, vinegar and olive oil were imported from Italy.
A goggle on Chowhound doesn't seem to turn up a lot of mention. The La Jolla and Carmel locations get the most positive mentions.
So what do Chowhounds think of this chain? Is it a safe bet when traveling in an unfamiliar area?