These top-of-the-line eateries offer premier pasta and wine among beautiful backdrops

Dean Martin, one of the most famous singers and entertainers of the mid-20th century, famously crooned, “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.” Anyone who has ever taken a culinary tour through Italy or dined on authentic Italian dishes knows that the cuisine can give a whole new meaning to the word amore. 

In the 1800s, Italian immigrants moving to Sonoma County to do timber and railroad work brought their mouthwatering cuisine to the region. Today, there are still a slew of wineries and restaurants where diners can fall in love with that tantalizing food. Regardless of which of the following restaurants you choose, each of the dishes will surely be best enjoyed with a glass of wine from a local winery.

Mamma Tanino's Ristorante 

Chef Gaetano Patrinostro was born in Italy, so you know the food here will be authentic. The star chef still imports ingredients from his home country in order to prepare delectable Italian dishes. The menu offers all the classic staples, from spaghetti carbonara to pappardelle bolognese. Daily specials include steaks, spaghetti and meatballs, and fresh fish, and there are some nice wines to choose from as well. Dark wood and white tablecloths give the dining area an old-school feel. 

The Depot Hotel Restaurant Sonoma 

For the best atmosphere in town, look no further than this chic eatery. In 1985, owner and founder Michael Ghilarducci purchased a train depot from the 1800s and turned it into an elegant hotel with a garden, swimming pool, and restaurant. New menus are developed each day to incorporate fresh seasonal ingredients, and possible offerings might include veal and ricotta stuffed crepes, duck leg confit, or spinach ravioli.

Della Santina's

Located off historic Sonoma Square in the heart of wine country, this family-run eatery will transport you to Tuscany. Serving up homey favorites in a cozy courtyard, the trattoria features a weekly seasonal menu and a vast selection of wines from Italy and California (as well as other wines from around the world that can be purchased next door at the family's Enoteca and served in the restaurant for a small corkage fee). Come for the linguini al pesto or lasagna bolognese, and stay for the chocolate mousse or tiramisu.


While eating in a restaurant has a certain allure, sometimes it’s nice to grab some takeout and enjoy a casual meal from the comfort of home. If you’d like to call Sonoma home, I can help you find the perfect property. As a licensed Sonoma real estate agent, I’m happy to work with you to find a unique property that matches your style and needs. Contact me today to learn more.