Sneak Peeks at Nonni’s & Casa Del Mar

BBQ at Saint Rose, Nonni's, Casa Del Mar

Sneak Peek: Nonni’s
Downtown Santa Rosa gets a new addition with Nonni’s, an Italian restaurant that opened this week. It was a quick turnaround for the 420 Mendocino Ave. location that recently housed Saigon Bistro. I got a thumbs up report for their soft launch from a local culinary prof: “In a word: fabuloso! Osso bucco falling off the bone; crisp non-greasy calamari; a fabulous dessert called pesta: a custard-stuffed cookie shaped like a peach with vanilla ice cream…!” Stay tuned for more details as BiteClub hits the tables. The restaurant will be open daily for dinner and M-Saturday for lunch, staring at 11am.
Sneak Peek: Casa Del Mar
Lots of buzz about the mega-restaurant that’s been under construction at Stony Point and Todd Roads in Santa Rosa. Now open, the revamped La Strada interior features a large, full-service bar, comfy dining room and private party space, though the outdoor patio is still under construction. The new menu is as sprawling as the space, featuring dozens of seafood specials, daily menudo and birria, taco and enchilada combos and the usual Mex-American burrito/chimichanga fare. Focus, according to the owners, is on seafood (hence the name). First impressions: Great ceviche tostadas, disappointing fish tacos that were neither grilled (as advertised) or edible. 3660 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, 541-6140.