Healdsburg Hotel's Pizzando, Christmas in June


Hotel Healdsburg (courtesy of Hotel Healdsburg).


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


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.