Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Aventine Glen Ellen, Glen Ellen, CA - Restaurant Review

Originally we had reservations at Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bistro in Yountville for 5:30pm. Unfortunately, with Southwest Airlines cancelling our flights the night before and losing my bag, our arrival in wine country was delayed. Thus, we had to cancel our long-planned reservation at Bouchon Bistro and scramble to find something else available nearby at 6:30pm. Luckily for us, our friends at Sauce Culinary Travel recommended the Aventine Glen Ellen, which is located right on the picturesque Sonoma Creek.

Aventine Glen Ellen Entrance

While the restaurant is marketed as Italian osteria, the restaurant itself felt a little more country with rustic dark wood facade and finish out. However, the food did not disappoint. The service from the hostess and the waiter was wonderful, but the staff member filling the water glasses regularly let them go completely dry - we had to ask for water several times during our dinner.

Aventine Glen Ellen - Casa Salad
Casa Salad
The Casa salad (baby greens, grilled pears, roasted pine nuts, focaccia croutons, shaved Parmigiano, barrel-aged red wine dressing - $11) was very good aside from a few extremely wilted leaves. The three grilled pear slices ended up on the bottom of the salad, but they were yummy.

Aventine Glen Ellen - Trencini Barbera d'Asti 2012, Italy     

The wine, Trencini Barbera d'Asti 2012, Italy (~$42 a bottle) was very nice and went well with our food.

Aventine Glen Ellen - Gnocchi di Patate (top) and Chicken and Goat Cheese Ravioli (bottom)
Gnocchi di Patate (top) and Chicken and Goat Cheese Ravioli (bottom)
We ordered the Gnocchi di Patate with a ragu bolognese ($16) and the Chicken and Goat Cheese Ravioli in white wine and chicken broth with micro basil and corn (~$19). Everything was superb - the textures, flavors, and presentation. Both dishes were seasoned just right - not too salty. I slightly preferred the gnocchi with bolognese, but would order either one again in a heartbeat.

Just outside the entrance - whimsical art!
The Restaurant's Patio on Sonoma Creek (upper left)

One important tip - if you want to enjoy a view of Sonoma Creek from the elevated patio, you'll need to sit at one of the tables along the edges of the patio and not along the exterior walls of the restaurant - those don't have a view at all.

Enjoy this gem of a restaurant in the little town of Glen Ellen!

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