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Tomato Fest- Rest. Suggestions -Rohnert Park Area

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DH and I are going to the Kendall Jackson Tomato Fest on Saturday. Living in the East Bay, we decided to stay in the area Saturday night, in Rohnert Park this time.

Can you tell us about some moderately priced restaurants nearby that would go well with our tomato and wine infused palates? I’m thinking Italian, hearty French, Bistro, other European. Steak and/or seafood is good, but not a “steakhouse”. This won’t be a time when we’ll be craving sushi, Mexican, Thai, curry, etc.

We’ll be driving south from Fulton after the Fest, so anywhere between there and above the Cotati grade fits the bill.

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  1. I haven't eaten there in about two years or so, but when I lived in Rohnert Park, near the Cotati border, I had many a good meal at Nicolino's, an Italian place in Cotati. I have very fond memories of their rib eye with a bit of gorgonzola butter on top. Oh, and their seafood cake appetizers are a must-try...they are like a crabcake but with mixed seafood in a lemony cream sauce. Yum.

    So, if I read your request correctly, you are looking for places between Kendall Jackson and Cotati? Maybe Willi's Wine Bar, in Larkfield, might work for you. Pretty easy to get to from the Piner Road area.

    There are also a couple of other threads around here that I need to look up that might help your search.

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    Willi's Wine Bar
    4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

    Nicolino's
    8204 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, CA 94931

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    1. re: chocolateninja

      You could also consider Italian Affair on 4th St (east of downtown). It is good, hearty Italian food, big portions, old world feel. Or I really like Lococo's, also on 4th St. but on the west side of downtown. There are other posts on Lococo's to review- great food, and you probably need reservations. It has a nice atmosphere and awesome specials. It would be a tasty dinner after the Tomato fest.

      1. re: misscotati

        Thanks! Niccolino's and Lococo's sound like they'd fit the bill.
        We made a reservation at Syrah, but I'm going to cancel it. Syrah sounds like an event in itself, and the two Italian places sound just perfect after an afternoon of wine and many appetizers.

        1. re: gardyloo

          Glad we could be of help. Please do report back after your tomato and italian adventures, and let us know how everything went! I've always wanted to check out the Tomato Fest.

          1. re: chocolateninja

            Sorry it took me so long to reply.
            After the tomato and wine fest, we were feeling lazy in the early evening and almost bagged dinner. When we realized Niccolino's was just down the street from where we were staying, that's where we headed.
            There was no wait, and it was a very cozy, neighborhood type of ristorante. I had the lasagnetta, and my husband had linguini and seafood (clams, mussels & shrimp). Both were outstanding, but I think the lasagnetta was the best.
            Most of their desserts are made off premises, with the exception of the delicious tiramisu. Nice, decently priced wine list and the coffee was fresh made. Almost all the other customers were regulars, but we still felt welcomed. It made for a very pleasant, easy going dinner, and was exactly what we wanted.
            Thanks for the recommendation!