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Ca’ Momi Enoteca. An Italian restaurant, pizzeria, pasticceria and wine bar located at The Oxbow in downtown Napa, CA. Owned and operated by Valentina Guolo-Migotto, Dario De Conti & Stefano Migotto. True Italian folks with Italian heritage they are proud to share with all. Ca’ Momi is not all about food, they are also proud makers of amazing Napa Valley wines with Italian flare. All of their wines can be tasted at The Oxbow market. I recently dined at Ca’ Momi Enoteca for the first time and would like to share with you the authentic food, the wine and most of all the experience. This restaurant is a MUST visit when in Napa Valley wine country.
Ca’ Momi Enoteca is one of only a handful of restaurants in America that have been certified to make and serve what is known as Verace Pizza Napoletana. (VPN) This means they serve truly authentic Pizza Napoletana. You are literally eating the same pizza they make in Naples, Italy. The pizza here is an experience that no person should miss out on and if you have never made it to Naples for pizza, then you can say you did at Ca’ Momi in Napa! A true taste of Italy. I’m a “Pizza Purest” so the Pizza Margherita was my selection of choice as well as trying something new, the Pere and Gorgonzola. I have never had anything like this pizza before. When paired with the Ca’ Momi 2011 Rosso di Napa Red Blend – a new chapter in pizza and wine pairing began.
In addition to the vast variety of VPN pizzas, the menu is full of wonderful selections of antipasti, pastas, main courses and salads. I tried many different dishes and all were outstanding. I started my evening with a glass of Ca’ Momi Ca’ Secco Frizzante sparkling wine. A Prosecco style with California grapes. Light, fruity and dry, a perfect pairing with the antipasti starters of: Salvia Fritta (fried sage leaves), Arancini (fried arboro rice balls filled with a beef-pork ragu, mozzerella and peas) and Baccala alla Veneziana (creamy whipped salt cod with grilled polenta crostini). These dishes were a foodies dream! Beautiful and full of flavor. Authentic through and through.
As for the pasta dishes, there are many to choose from. When I’m in a restaurant that touts its authenticity…I like to try the dishes I’m least familiar with. At this meal, I had samplings of: Spatzle allo Speck (flour dumplings sautéed with speck and cream), Linguine al Pesto Genovese (linguine with basil pesto, potatoes and green beans) and my new found favorite of the evening…Gnudi (ricotta and spinach gnoccni in butter sage sauce – the filling of a ravioli without the pasta). These dishes were paired with a 2011 Ca’ Momi Napa Valley Pinot Noir and the 2011 Ca’ Momi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Both wines were a seamless pairing with all three dishes. At this point I wasn’t sure I could have been wowed any further, but once again, everything was superb!
The dinner ended with a sampling of pastries Ca’ Momi has to offer (made fresh and sold in their bakery on a daily basis) and they were delicious! Of course when you are experiencing “authentic” Italian cuisine….you must have Tiramisu. I now know I have never had Tiramisu the way it was meant to be and Ca’ Momi has it mastered. Simply sublime. Of course no dessert is official without a delicate Italian Moscato d’ Asti Saracco.
Many restaurants these days make big promises of being “The Worlds Best”; “Homemade”; “Traditional” and “The Original”. Ca’ Momi only lays claim to having quality, authentic Italian food that pairs beautifully with their California Napa Valley wines. This, my friends, is pure honesty and nothing will please your palate and fill your stomach more than eating, drinking and sharing at the family table in the “House of Momi”.
Check back later this month for Part Two ~ Ca’ Momi Winery and Wines!
** Guest invitation provided by Balzac Communications and Ca’ Momi Enoteca **