Vignette to Open in Barlow

Barlow gets another restaurant

A new wood-fired pizza oven will be the centerpiece of the forthcoming Vignette pizzeria in Sebastopol

So what’s the difference between Neapolitan, Sicilian, New York and California-style pizzas? Like barbecue, you’ll get a different answer depending on who you ask, but the forthcoming Vignette (6750 McKinley St., The Barlow) is definitely in the Neapolitan category.

Defined as having a very thin crust, minimal toppings (compared to meat-laden American pizzas) and cooked at a very high heat in a wood-fired pizza oven, Neapolitan ‘zas pizzas are pretty familiar in Wine Country. New York pies are a larger take on the Neapolitan, while the Sicilian version is thicker, deeper and typically square.

Now that you’re thoroughly schooled, Chef Mark Hopper’s menu at Vignette will include pizzas like The Manhattan, with San Marzano tomatoes, chopped clams, buffalo mozzarella and chili oil. Other dishes include nduja flatbread with arugula, red onion and Grana Padano cheese and fire roasted vegetables.

GM Michael Zwicklbauer (formerly of The Restaurant at Meadowood and Farmshop Marin) will run a carefully curated beer, wine and coffee list. The best news: Nothing on the menu will be over $20.

Look for a late July opening (6750 McKinley St., Sebastopol).


10 thoughts on “Vignette to Open in Barlow

  1. I think it would be nice to have a classic Neapolitan style pizza restaurant but I’m afraid they may have picked the wrong location. With Zazu and Woodour competing, it would seem a better ‘destination’ pizza locale (locally) would have to be Rosso’s. And with the steep cost of rent at the Barlow, their prices will likely reflect that. Nothing under $20. is THE BEST NEWS? Huh? It’s a pizza joint. A thin crust pizza, minimally topped (how I like it) is a money-maker. Pass that savings onto your customer Vignette owners. I’ll check you out, but if pizzas are over $15-16, returning is unlikely.
    Always interesting to know how owners come up with their restaurant name. Did you happen to ask them about that French choice? And Heather, some honest criticism. PLEASE stop saying “‘zas” in your write-ups. Not a word. Where did you read that where you thought it sounded cool? It’s annoying.

    1. I think the ‘za thing is a throwback from my college days. As in “dude, let’s grab a beer and some ‘za”. Apparently urban dictionary thinks it is annoying too.

      “Really obnoxious word for pizza, that no self-respecting person uses.
      Next person to call it za is getting kicked in their nis.”

      So, with that in mind, I will officially stop using it!

      1. I’d rather read or hear “Za”
        then the incredibly annoying “P-Town” instead of Petaluma :`)

        1. I love P-Town! P-Ville? The Luma?
          It’s kinda my thing to give everything a nick name. I’m receptive to other ideas.

      2. I love a person who can cheerfully poke fun at themselves.
        And thank-you from the bottom of my heart.

  2. Nothing over twenty dollars and thin under three ounces..Cool?
    No rip off yes..
    Mombo’s pizza was cheese slices for $2.00 each…Almost as inexpensive S.F.
    ‘s $1.99 and free drink with the coupon..
    The cost of living in Sonoma County vs. competition on meal costs is unbelievable.

    S.F. has full plates of Asian for $4.00 -$6.00 on Clement Street or Chinatown..

    1. Old man yells at cloud.

      Seriously though. You whine about everything. It’s pizza. Take a day off.

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