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Depot Hotel

If you are visiting Sonoma wine country, one of the best places for a leisurely, serene lunch or a romantic, secluded dinner is the Depot Hotel, a historic stone building originally built in 1870 as a local hotel.  It later was transformed into a private home, and lastly a restaurant, where it is currenetly overseen by an Italian father and son chef team.  The interiors are cozy and warm, evocative of a country inn; the exterior features a covered terrace that peers out onto an Italian garden and statute-encircled reflection pool.  It is a magnificent al fresco venue for a charming, trattoria-style lunch or dinner.

The cuisine is Meditteranean in orientation, most conspicuously Tuscan, and employs local, high quality ingredients.  Where Depot Hotel most excels is in its pasta selection: the pappardelle cacciatore with housemade wild boar sausage, tortellini ghilarducci stuffed with ricotta and pork bathed in a sherry-cream sauce and Dungeness crab cannelloni with veloute are all triumphs.  There is also a vinoteca for informal small plates, and an onsite cooking school, called Scuolo Rustica, that offers periodic classes. 

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INFORMATION

Sonoma
241 1st Street West
(707) 938-2980
Wed-Sun, 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
    Michael Ghilarducci, Chef
    Antonio Ghilarducci, Executive Chef

    TAGS

    • San Francisco
    • Mediterranean
    • Italian
    • Al Fresco
    • Private Dining Room
    • Romantic

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