452 First St. East Ste H, Sonoma, CA
(707) 938-1927 Visited: December 22, 2005
On a rainy day we headed to Sonoma for a quiet lunch and some shopping. LaSalette is now tucked away off the square down a shopping alley. We dined there three times for dinner at their previous location on Hwy 12, and really enjoyed the experience. There new location is brighter and more open. The warm colors inside and the subtle aromas from the woodfired oven behind the bar were welcoming.
LaSalette offers a special $13 Lunch option as well as it's regular menu of appetizers and entrees.
The first food brought to the table are their housemade rolls, which are rustic and delicious. They also sell them to go.
Salada Portuguesa $9
What were we thinking choosing a "ripe tomato" salad in January? We were rewarded with an uninteresting, uninspired tasteless salad of rock hard tomatoes. Ugh.
The Cod Cakes - and soup of the day $13
The cod cakes were crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Not greasy. Good. The soup was a tad bit salty but enjoyable and warm and tasted housemade.
Porco a'Alentejana - the classic Portuguese stew of marinated pork, tomatoes and clams $18
A dish Jack has enjoyed before. It was very good today and a good foil for the wine. A nice mix of ingredients. Hearty and fresh.
Warm & Inviting - The woodoven beckons
Rustic housemade rolls
An interesting Portuguese white wine from
a rarely seen grape (Encruxado):
2003 Quinta des Roques Encruxado Dão -
We really enjoyed it's crispness with the food
Our lunch experience was fine but not overwhelming. If this was the first time that we had dined there, we would probably not return. In retrospect we made a silly salad choice and ordered a special – two decisions we generally don't make. We know that in the past dinner has been wonderful and reasonably priced, too. The food is not fancy but hearty and well-made.
LaSalette also has one of the more interesting wine lists in the town of Sonoma. We will definitely return.
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