Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Restaurant Experience: Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria!

Blame it on the economy, the rainy season, or just plain laziness; but the Mrs. and I haven't got out in a while. Even though that be the case, the time had come to search out for the next restaurant experience in the Napa Valley.  But why limit ourselves to the bounty of the Napa Valley when we have not even ventured into any of the neighboring valley's. Over to Alexander Valley it is.................................
...........but stop!!! Speaking of the rainy season! Let it be no more. As we crested the mountain and crossed the Sonoma County line, we spied out this amazing rainbow. Get back in the car Mrs. Walnofer..................
.................................and to Geyserville we went to check out Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria. First things first, Geyserville ain't much of a town so don't expect to spend the afternoon window shopping and frollicking about. Other than Diavola and the Bosworth and Son General Store, the only other main attraction seems to be the River Rock Casino (sorry no bingo). Enough with that rant, Diavola came well recommended as the "Top Pizza" in wine country according to several reputable CIA classmate sources that shall remain anonymously known as Ed Heathbar & Jenny from Cleveland. 
First rule when trying out a new restaurant that has a great reputation, start with an appetizer! Salami and Cheese platter with black pepper crusted Cacciatore, Capicola, Blood Sausage with pickled red onions, and aged Asiago (its not really Asiago, but I couldn't understand the servers American pronunciation of this Italian cheese). 
Even though we were full of blood sausage, we went ahead and ordered what we came here for, the pizza! Cicciona with Sausage, Pork Belly, Brisket, Roasted Red Peppers, Onions, and Truffled Pecorino cooked in the house pizza oven. What wine goes well with pizza you ask? We tried a Colosi Nero d'Avola from Sicily and Diavola's house red, Peterson House Dego from California. Both were tasty, but what isn't when you are eating, in my opinion, one of the best pizza's in all of wine country. Yes Mr. Heathbar and Mrs. from Cleveland, I concur.
Since Friday night Pizza night was spent at an actual restaurant, "Pizza & Pinot" shifted to Saturday at the Walnofer's household. By nature, we use a little less cheese, and a little bit more whole wheat; but I still challenge anyone to make a better pie than the Mrs. and I. 

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