Bistro Don Giovanni | Napa

If there's one restaurant everyone in the Napa Valley knows how to get to, it's Bistro Don Giovanni.

If there’s one restaurant everyone in the Napa Valley knows how to get to, it’s Bistro Don Giovanni.

Double-parked limos and cell-phone-yacking wine barons along the sidewalk belie the fact that this friendly Italian trattoria is  Napa’s communal hang-out–where everyone from the mommy-tracked to the fast-tracked rub elbows and chow on house-made focaccia, strawberry lemonade, bistro burgers and rustic pastas.
An institution since the early 1990s, the restaurant (owned by Donna and Giovanni Scala) has always fallen a bit below the radar of tourists despite having amazing patios, an impressive wine list and consistently impressive Cal-Ital (heavy on the Ital) dishes like carpaccio, lamb meatballs, lemon-cream ravioli and roasted chicken. Call it a blessing, though because even without the tourists, you’ll often have to wade through locals crammed like sardines around the bar to get to your table.
Pizzas are a must-try:  Wood-fired fig pizza with gorgonzola, caramelized onions and, you guessed it, prosciutto. Ciao bella. Crispy, thin, smoky and savory with fresh slices of sweet fig. All the better with a crisp glass of rose and worth every bit of $14, mi amore.
Bistro Don Giovanni, 4110 Howard Lane, Napa, 707.224.1090.