Ristorante Allegria – Napa, CA

Was roaming around downtown Napa trying to decide where to eat. Meep saw the huge restaurant, Zins Valley and suggested we eat there. But while we were walking there, I noticed Ristorante Allegria right next door.

I preferred Italian to “American cuisine” so Allegria it is (what is American cuisine anyways?).

The outside was beautiful, they also have a tiny patio on the side.

I was pleasantly surprised when we walked in the door.

There are “balcony” seats and comfortable booths and tables all ove the ground floor.

Not to mention, a huge wine selection. Well, this is Napa Valley. None of us got wine because we just got there from wine tasting and was headed to another winery after lunch.

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We got a couple appys to share:

Calamari Fritti – $9.50

The calamari came with deep fried beans and artichokes, served with a bell pepper- chipotle aioli. Nothing exciting ( I mean, it is deep fried squid) but fried well and the batter was light.

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Carpaccio – $9.50

Thinly sliced beef filet, topped with capers, arugula, Parmigiano Reggiano & whole grain mustard sauce.

This dish surprised me. The beef was buttery and melt in your mouth. The cheese was a little overwhelming but the beef was perfect with the capers and onions.

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For our mains –

Potato Gnocchi al Pesto with chicken– $15

Pine nuts, basil and pesto cream sauce. I am usually not a fan of gnocchi because most places serve “Dense” gnocchi. When I took a bite of this, I could not stop. The gnocchi was literally pillowy soft and light. No complaints with this dish.

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Parpadelle Allo Zafferano – $17

Fresh homemade Saffron pasta, jumbo prawns with wild mushrooms, artichoke hearts, finished with roasted shrimp bisque.

My favourite! Meep thought the losbter bisque made the dish a little odd but I loved it. The lobster bisque was really rich and the mushrooms and artichokes were really tasty. The prawns were a little overcooked BUT I am all about the pasta, so it did not matter. I love the texture of the silky fresh pasta absorbing all the sauce.

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Penne con Pollo – $14

Penne pasta with marinated chicken breast sauteed, sun dried tomatoes, sweet corn in chipotle basil sauce.

The sauce was very rich and almost tasted like it had a little curry in it because of the Chipotle and Basil. It felt a little heavy after a few bites but has good flavours.

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Saltimbocca Di Vitello – $17

Veal scallopini layered prosciutto on soft polenta, sauteed spinach with a pearl onion demi glaze.

I didn’t try this dish but N liked it. I tried the polenta and decided I was not a big fan of polenta. N said the veal was really tender and moist. :) That is a good sign, right?

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B got the lunch box menu, which is an awesome deal for $15. A choice of salad, a few simple pastas (penne con pollo, spaghetti alla bolognese) or sandwiches, ending with a gelato or sorbet for dessert.

I also tried the bellini (Prosecco w peach puree), which was really tasty! Was too full to try any dessert but they have a decent selection.

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Total Damage – $130 (drinks, tax & tips)

Personal rating – 3.25 out of 5 (Good)

Overall, the restaurant served good quality food for very reasonable prices. I expected the restaurant to be pricier from the look of the place but was impressed at what I saw, considering we were in downtown Napa.

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Ristorante Allegria

1026 First Street Napa
CA 94559

707 254 8006

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