We live just up the mountain from both Calistoga and Santa Rosa. Calistoga is only 25 minutes but we often forget to venture that way instead of Santa Rosa or Healdsburg. Last night we wanted to try something new and I had a bottle of 1971 nebbiolo i've been dying to open. I picked this based on prior reviews and it looked like it was reasonably priced.
We generally don't get great service when we try new places (we are late 20s) but last night our server was fantastic from the get go. He expertly opened our bottle of wine, without asking decanted for sediment - and it definitely needed to breath! He could tell we were on a leisurely dinner date pace and didn't try to rush us to order. I always appreciate servers that can read their table.
We ordered the heirloom tomato salad and wild mushroom bolognese papparadelle to share. The tomato salad was a special so you will be hard pressed to find it there going into winter, but the pastas are made in house and not to be missed! Perfect texture, great flavor, and came out piping hot. I had the veal scaloppine and he had the filetto. Both our entrees were great. We were worried we might have ordered too much but we finished everything.
I'd recommend this to anyone looking for unpretentious, great quality italian food on that side of the mountain. Corkage was $15 and they don't have cocktails - beer and wine only.