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Bistro Don Giovanni – Napa

Bistro Don Giovanni is a casual restaurant with good, simple Italian fare. It can get very crowded and service can go downhill so we always show up for an early lunch around 11:45. The key to Don Giovanni is to keep it simple. The wood-fired pizzas are good and the best one is something not on the menu called pizza Bismark with a fried egg in the middle. We weren’t in the mood for pizza so went with pasta instead.

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The view from the highway


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Close-up of the “sculpture”


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The back garden


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Another “sculpture” by the entrance


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The patio


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Another view of inside


DG bread

Bread – delicious


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Bread with Olive Oil added for dipping


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All menu items were ordered as splits – one for two served family style.

DG carpaccioe

Carpaccio – thinly sliced filet of beef, capers, arugula, parmigiano, bistro breadsticks – we always order this and it is very good


DG frito

Fritto Misto – calamari, rock shrimp, smelt, fennel, onions, green beans, spicy aioli – I wish there had been more smelts (only 2), but it was a decent version of fritto misto. The spicy aioli was excellent.


DG pasta

Paccheri Bolognese, Sonoma Duck Ragu, Sage, Aged Provolone – I love their duck ragu and this was as good always. Pasta was toothsome – not at all overcooked


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Close-up of the Pasta

A nice early afternoon meal in the valley. Just don’t expect haute cuisine and I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Bistro Don Giovanni

Bistro don Giovanni is another favorite of ours for lunch. It is comfort food, casual dining and just tasty. I find that when I am doing heavy hitter dining at the FL, I need this type of contrast.

The room is very large and although, many people prefer the patio, my husband has a thing about bugs – not that I have seen any.

The menu:

We started with one of our favorite dishes the carpaccio – thinly sliced filet of beef, arugula, capers, parmesan and a bistro breadstick laid across the top.

We didn’t like any of the pizzas listed and asked if they could make one of our favorites – no problem. It was not exactly as we remembered it, but delicious. In the center of the pizza was an over-easy egg – the yolk deep orange and runny with a firm white. Remembering the suggestion from a previous visit, we ate the pizza up to the crust and then  dipped the crust into the runny yolk. The pancetta added a smoky bacon taste and the truffled pecorina was not at all overwhelming.. For my husband a major bacon and egg freak, he was in heaven.

Sorry for the blurry photo.

Pasta with Sonoma Duck Bolognese – Don Giovanni excels at this bolognese sauce and it was spicy without being too assertive. The pasta was al dente and again the dish gets high marks for deliciousness.

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Service is efficient  and although this is not fine dining, it is a nice respite from other experiences.