June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012
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Hotel Healdsburg (courtesy of Hotel Healdsburg).

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Davis Family Vineyards in Healdsburg (courtesy of Davis Family Vineyards).

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Chef Christopher Kostow of the Restaurant at Meadowood (courtesy of Meadowood).

By 707 correspondent Heather Irwin.

Chef Louis Maldonado of h2hotel’s ~SPOONBAR~ has been tapped to open a new wood-fired pizzeria at sister property ~HOTEL HEALDSBURG~ in August. Dubbed Pizzando, it looks to be more than just another upscale pizzeria, with former ~A16~ chef Liza Shaw consulting on the menu. Also involved is Paolo Petron of Mill Valley’s venerable ~PIAZZA D’ANGELO~, whose hospitality group manages Hotel Healdsburg, h2hotel, and Spoonbar. Hotel Healdsburg also houses Charlie Palmer’s ~DRY CREEK KITCHEN~.

Want to get an advance look? Maldonado will preview the menu at a series of bimonthly pop-ups inside Spoonbar beginning Wednesday June 27th. Expect gourmet pizza (made in a portable Mugnaini oven, natch) with stinging nettles, burrata, lardo, or hen-of-the-woods mushrooms; fried chicken; the chef’s own take on spaghetti carbonara; and grilled romaine hearts to make appearances. The three-course tasting menu, $32, is served family style. Limited seatings by reservation. 219 Healdsburg Ave. at Westside Rd., Healdsburg, 707-433-7222.

Meanwhile, longtime Cal-Ital trattoria ~BOVOLO~ is pulling up stakes from its downtown Healdsburg location at 106 Matheson Street. Co-owner John Stewart, also of ~ZAZU RESTAURANT + FARM~, says they’ll be moving to the nearby ~DAVIS FAMILY VINEYARDS~ tasting room. 52 Front St. at Hudson, Healdsburg, 707-433-3858.

In St. Helena, it seems it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. The ~RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD~ has announced its annual ~TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS~ chef and vintner lineup for 2012 with some sparkling-bright names attached. The luxe eat-and-drink-a-thon and benefit pairs Michelin-starred chef Christopher Kostow with esteemed toques. Beginning with chef Scott Anderson of New Jersey’s ~ELEMENTS~ on December 7th, the list includes Jason Franey of Seattle’s ~CANLIS~, Oakland’s James Syhabout of ~COMMIS~, and Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson of the ~CATBIRD SEAT~ in Nashville. Vintners participating in the dinners include ~PHILIPPE MELKA~ and Bill Harlan of ~BOND~. 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena. Tickets start at $1,240 (includes lodging and dinner for two), and reservations can be made by calling 707-967-1205.

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