Rustic Italian classics are the main attraction at this Santa Rosa (formerly Geyserville) trattoria. The kitchen changes its offerings to regional specialties monthly, so you may never see the same dish twice.
The restaurant picked up stakes in 2010, moving to the ritzy Fountaingrove neighborhood, next door to popular Italian/gourmet grocer and wine purveyor, Traverso’s. It’s a match made in heaven. With the move came an updated menu. Santi regulars will still recognize plenty many of the regional dishes from the past, but there’s a lighter, feel to everything. Ten years ago, says Chef Liza Hinman, restaurants did a traditional protein, side, veg plate and portions got enormous. “You’d see people taking home these huge boxes.” Instead she’s updated the menu to include more concentrated, “you can eat everything on the plate” entrees and antipasti.
Open for lunch and dinner. Santi Restaurant, 2097 Stagecoach Rd., Santa Rosa, (707) 528-1549. tavernasanti.com