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Reviews of the finest restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area by Carol and Joe Davis - the Dining Detectives. From Sushi to Prime Rib, the Detectives dine their way across the spectum of fine food. ©2006 Carol and Joe Davis

Café Citti
Kenwood’s Italian Trattoria

It was a lovely warm spring evening when The Dining Detectives headed east from Petaluma and soon arrived in Kenwood at Café Citti. Kenwood is smack dab in the middle of the beautiful Sonoma countryside. A large percentage of the surrounding hills are covered with vineyards and the town is famous for the Kenwood Winery and its friendly local residents.

Ivy, the floor manager, warmly greeted us at the Café and we were escorted to our table. We chose to dine in their quaint patio that was enclosed by a crosshatched wooden fence with hanging grapevines. Classical music was playing softly in the background, the atmosphere was relaxed, the weather was perfect and we were ready for a fun dining experience.

Luca and Linda Citti have owned and operated the Café for over 10 years and see many familiar faces over and over again. The menu is hand written daily on the board above the open kitchen in the tradition of a true Italian roadside cafe. You place your order at the counter and when your food is prepared, your waiter takes over for the evening serving you at your table. Aaron, our waiter, was very friendly and helpful, suggesting some of the specialties of the Café. He also pointed out that they use only the "freshest ingredients" to ensure the finest tastes.

We chose the Kenwood 1998 Vintage Chardonnay to begin our evening and received homemade bread and bottled water from Tony, our busman. We appreciated the fruit/pear taste of the wine and then it was time for the food! Here are some items that we recommend.

Starters-

Special Soup: " Raviolini in Brodo." Luca’s homemade raviolini filled with meat, Swiss chard and fresh herbs served in a chicken broth with fresh tomatoes and Parmesan.-just delicious

Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Herbs and Balsamic vinegar. This was our favorite starter and we highly recommend it!

Entrees:

"Scaloppine di Vitella al Limone e Caperi" Veal scaloppine cooked to perfection and topped with a white wine, garlic, caper and lemon sauce. Served with home fried potatoes, garlic green beans and carrots. Includes your choice of soup or salad. We totally enjoyed the Veal.

Special Pasta: Risotto con gli Asparagi."Italian style rice with fresh asparagus served in a light garlic cream sauce with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Includes choice of soup or salad. Risotto is a difficult dish to do right; this had the correct consistency and was well seasoned.

Chicken alla Toscana: Fresh Roasted Chicken from the Rotisserie stuffed with garlic and fresh herbs. The chicken had a great aroma and fell off the bone. It was delicious.

Ravioli: Luca’s homemade ravioli filled with meat, Swiss chard and fresh herbs served in a light tomato and basil cream sauce. These large Raviolis (nice presentation) tasted terrific.

"Create your own pasta"

Café Citti lets you have it "Your Way" and denotes the choices right on the menu. It’s like having a primer on Italian food. Choose from the following noodles and the sauces.

Noodles:

Linguini --- "Flat" Spaghetti
Fusilli --- Corkscrew Shape
Rigatoni --- Large Macaroni
Penne --- Tube Shape ( cut on angle)

Sauces:

Meat Sauce --- Traditional bolognese sauce with tomato,beef, and Italian sausage simmered over hours(Mild)
Marinara Sauce --- Tomato and fresh basil with a dash of oregano (very mild)
Clam Sauce--- Shelled clams simmered with tomatoes and fresh herbs (Spicy)
Pesto Sauce --- Basil and olive oil with lots of garlic! (Mild)
Arrabbiata Sauce-- Fresh tomato and basil (Very Spicy)
A.O.P. --- Garlic, olive oil, hot peppers and pancetta (Italian Bacon) (Spicy)
Puttanesca Sauce –--- Fresh Tomato, basil, capers, black olives, garlic and parsley (mild)

"Our Way Pasta"- We chose a Fusilli, corkscrew shaped pasta with an A.O.P. Sauce. We loved the garlic and hot pepper flavors and Fusilli is fun pasta to eat!

Wines

Kenwood is the only featured Sonoma wine.
1998 Kenwood Vintage Chardonnay paired well with the Starters, crisp and fruity. Kenwood Cabernet paired well with the Raviolis and the Roasted Chicken.

Italian Wines paired well with the Fusilli Pasta.
We enjoyed the 1998 Marca Trevigiana Pinot Grigio and the Le Velette Orvieto Classico.

Desserts

Raspberry Mousse-This Special dessert was a stacked puff pastry in Vanilla sauce with raspberries, blueberries and blackberries—Please save room for this as it was fantastic.

Tiramisu-classic taste-not too sweet and the cake was worthy.

Crème Brulle- we love Crème Brulee and this rendition was as good as it gets.

Almond Biscotti- Perfect with an Espresso or Cappuccino.

A warm evening, classical music, the moon, a quaint romantic outdoor patio setting, California and Italian Wine and food that will make you feel that you are in Italy……this is what Café Citti is all about. A recipe for fun that is just a short ride from Petaluma. You’ll be glad you dined at Café Citti and will be happy to make it a regular occurrence.

Café Citti

9049 Sonoma Highway,
Kenwood, CA. 95452
Phone-707-833-2690
Fax-707-539-6255

Open 7 Days a Week
Lunch
11:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M.
Dinner
5:00 P.M.- 8:30 P.M.
‘til 9:00 Friday and Saturday
* Hours may vary seasonally

Indoor and Patio Dining

Dinner Reservations Recommended
Free Parking
Food to Go
Specials Daily