Restaurant Review - October 12, 2007 - Joanne

View from Rosso & Bianco's Unnamed Cafe
Unnamed Cafe

>>> Temporily Closed <<<
(last checked April 7, 2008)


at FFC Presents Rosso & Bianco
Geyserville, CA

Visited June 29, 2007

The old Chateau Souverain restaurant has a new, upbeat face in the Unnamed Cafe at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery Rosso & Bianco. The patio at the cafe is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the view of Alexander Valley while having a light lunch or snack.

The bright red umbrellas set the patio ablaze in a red-tinted shade. The day we visited there were no inside diners. Tables have a setup of olive oil, parmesan and pepper in a trattoria style.

Note: The pink-tinge of the food photos was due to being shot beneath their large Red umbrellas.


Fennel and Citrus Salad
Fennel and Citrus Salad
This was a bit heavy on the dressing and okay to share, but too much for one person unless you adore fennel.

Insalata Verde
This very large salad was barely good enough to order again.

Pasta Special with Shrimp and Scallops
Special: Penne Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil, Baby Artichoke Hearts and Shrimp & Scallops
The pasta was very al dente and needed a more exciting sauce to hold it together as a dish (although the shellfish base in the sauce had promise). The seafood was fresh, nicely cooked and included 4 shrimp and 3 or 4 scallops. The artichokes were sliced, fresh, baby ones. With a better sauce and a pasta cooked just a touch more this could been excellent.

Pizza Regina
Pizza Regina
This pizza had a nice, crispy crust. It was larger than we expected. Light on the toppings but the quality of cheese and sauce is high. An enjoyable pizza but I wished there was just a little more on it.

Vegetable Sandwich
Special: Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Side Salad
I was surprised that this was served on a soft roll, as I had expected to have been pressed. The roll was not heated and as such, was the very weak link in the sandwich. The cheese was crumbled over the vegetables. The roasted vegetables had good flavor. I would not order this again.

From a choice of the three salads as a side, I chose caesar. The caesar dressing was pretty middle-of-the-road but okay. A couple of real anchovies helped raise the level. The croutons were easy to leave on the plate. The romaine was okay but not primo.
Unnamed Cafe at Rosso & Bianco

Francis Ford Coppola Winery Rosso et Bianco

Unnamed Cafe at the new Francis Ford Coppola Winery Rosso et Bianco

Table Setting

Menu at Unnamed Cafe at the new Francis Ford Coppola Winery Rosso et Bianco   Dessert Menu Unnamed Cafe at the new Francis Ford Coppola Winery Rosso et Bianco

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Boont Amber Ale
We ordered wine by the glass (Coppola- the only choice) and Boont Amber Ale beer (from a choice of nine).

Wine List: The wine list couldn't be more boring. The list screams out for some diversity; local wines that aren't Rosso & Bianco wines. Plus, I don't understand why the vintage dates aren't listed for the wines. (Every restaurant in Wine Country of this calibre has vintage dates.)




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