Napa Must Eats

Gotts Roadside Diner 

When we went to Napa for the first time last year, we had a few places that were on our “must eat” list. Gotts Roadside Diner in St. Helena was one. They serve roadside favorites which are made-to-order using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The menu consists of juicy cheeseburgers, great hot-dogs, incredible onion rings and hand-spun shakes. They have a nice wine and beer menu and outdoor seating is your only option but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to sit outside under the warm California sun! Get there early and take a number, decide what you want while your waiting in line. There will be a line….this place is always hopping.

Bottega in Yontsville was where we wanted to be to celebrate my 21st birthday! Chef Chiarello is an acclaimed chef, Emmy-winning host of Food Network’s Easy Entertaining and proprietor of Chiarello Family Vineyards, and has lived in Napa Valley for some time. Bottega is part of the historic Vintage Estates, located in one of the oldest wineries in the Napa Valley, and is open for lunch, dinner, and after dinner. The dishes we ordered were amazing. I have listed them below. We ended up sharing a little of each and it was fabulous. Service was wonderful, they even brought me free dessert for my birthday. I recommend reservations if you plan on eating after 6 PM.

  • Rigatoni al Coniglio Balsamic rabbit sugo with wild mushrooms
  • Ricotta Gnocchi della Nonna Ricotta “pillows” with old hen salsa di pomodoro and pecorino romano
  • Pollo alla Diavola sul Mattone Calabrian marinated chicken, roasted Shishito pepper and Cipollini onion
  • Lasagnetta di Zucchini al Forno Wood oven baked zucchini and potato lasagna with potato and shaved mushroom-celery salad in broken tomato vinaigrette

We all agreed between the 4 of us, the Ricotta was to DIE for!

When you’re in Napa, you have to stop in and around all the little towns that make up Napa Valley. Calistoga is one of those little gems. Antique shops and eateries at every turn. The Calistoga Roastery was a nice surprise. We didn’t know anything about this little cafe’ and walked in to the most wonderful aroma. Plenty of seating and a wonderful menu. They serve breakfast and lunch and any coffee or coffee type drink you can think of. It was hot while we were there so we chose to go with the frozen coffee. Adorable place and very friendly service.

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Hi my name is Michelle. My daughter and I travel as often as we can and on an extremely tight budget. We have adopted the motto Live Simple. Spend Less. Travel Often. It has truly changed our lives. I hope that you will follow along with us and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about any of the places we have been. Thank you!

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