Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wine Country: Calistoga, Bosko’s Trattoria

Bosko’s Trattoria  1364 Lincoln Ave., (707) 942-9088.  L-D daily; $$.  How can you go wrong ordering from a menu on which all the pastas, gnocchi, ravioli, and desserts are housemade?  You can’t.  Seated in a comfortable room with stone walls and some booths, we two decided to share everything.  We began with a tasty, lemony baked artichoke and garlic bread.  Then it was a spinach salad with toasted pine nuts and chopped egg, followed by a “Basilicata” fettuccine topped with fresh pesto cream sauce and more toasted pine nuts (can’t get too many of those).  Wood-fired pizzas (gluten-free dough is available) and sandwiches are also options.  Wine flights come in threes and are delivered dramatically perched in a wood holder.  We became fans of an exceptional spicy 2010 Andretti Sangiovese.  For dessert, it was a shared scoop of creamy spumoni--probably the best version I’ve ever had.  I wish I’d had room for the braised Brussels sprouts with pancetta and pine nuts, and for their famous cheesecake.  Next time.  

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