A new casual Italian restaurant, Tomatina, has opened in Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village after months of remodeling. The location is at the former Sea Thai Bistro (which has moved just around the block, still in Montgomery Village)

Former Tra Vigne chef Rogelio Jacinto (who worked with famed Napa chef Michael Chiarello) is behind the chain of eight Bay Area restaurants.

Tomatina italian restaurant has opened in Santa Rosa's Montgomery Village

Tomatina italian restaurant has opened in Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village

Daily specials and an approachable menu make it family-friendly, though this is far from a pizzeria. Dishes include homemade meatballs and arancini (fried risotto balls filled with cheese), orecchiette carbonara, fettuccine alfredo, salmon piadine (a salad atop a pizza crust), as well as gourmet pizzas and “classic” dishes like spaghetti and chicken parmesan.

2323 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa, tomatina.com. Open for dinner, 5-10p.m., lunch service begins March 9.