Restaurant Review - July 19, 2005 - Joanne


106 Matheson St. (inside Plaza Farms)
Healdsburg, CA 95448

The Ambiance: Located at the back of the Copperfields Bookstore (** update- 01/09)(facing the town square). They offer inside and outside seating. The area is clean and bright with yellow walls, wood floors and red accessories. They have highchairs and booster seats. The tables are small with one long red bench on one wall and bisto style chairs.

What we had:

Coo-coo frites – fried dough with mozzarella and salumi inside $5.50
Like beignets of pizza dough with a bit of cheese and maybe 2 slices of salumi inside. Taste like they are brushed with olive oil. Good – not too greasy – not too much filling though - lots more dough than filling. We don’t need to have them again.

BBLT saladBlack Pig bacon, Point Reyes blue cheese, iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes - $9
Trent polished off the 2 slices of bacon happily. We ordered it sans blue cheese. The vinaigrette was great - not too oily, with a crisp bite, balancing nicely the lettuce and tomatoes. We might order again.

Margherita Pizza – Fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil leaf – $15.50 – Thin crust pizza. Really good. Great crust. We liked it much better than the pizza at Zazu. The tomato sauce has a tiny bit of spiciness and a lot of garlic that Trent didn’t like too much. Joanne liked it a lot. Would get again. Good sauce to cheese ratio.

Pork cheek sandwich, roasted peppers, salsa verde $8.50 – Pork was very tender and easily shredded. It comes on hard roll. Jack didn’t bother with the roll. The green sauce on top looks nice on the brown pork perched on a bed of red and yellow peppers. Not “special” but good. Would try a different sandwich next time.

Chocolate gelato $2.50 – The day we were there only 2 of the gelatos were housemade – the others are from Ciao Bella Gelato. The dark chocolate is good. The Ice Cream sandwich looks intriguing but is a sizable dessert – we didn’t save room this trip.

In general the wine list is small but with 19 choices by the "quartino" (6 oz small carafe) from $5-13.50 or by the bottle $19-$33 (or by the half-bottle - 12 different choices than the quartino/bottle list $9-$26).

Zardetto Prosecco with Tuscan melon puree (or white peach or plum) $9.00/split
An innocuous Prosecco. The Tuscan melon puree - they specially pureed with water for Trent to drink with no extra charge and on their own suggestion – they even came out with the 3 containers of fresh fruits (peach, plum and melon) and let him choose! It was a great gesture! Thanks!

2004 Bastianich Tocai Friulano $11/glass (Pleasant. – Jack)

The non-alcoholic choices are slim.

They don’t have stemware - they offer frosted glasses.

The Verdict:
We would eat here again but are not rushing back. The food is well-made and tasty but it’s a diversion not a destination. (Jack: For a light lunch in Healdsburg, it’s an excellent choice. The short wine list is interesting, too. Poor stemware, though.)

Bovolo! means "Snail" in Italian


Pork Cheek Sandwich

Bovolo Dining Area

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