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Changes at Pilar (Napa)

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My much beloved Pilar has closed, but the local scoop is that it's just until the building gets an earthquake retrofit. Then it will reopen as a partnership between Pilar Sanchez and Donna Scala (of Bistro Don Giovanni fame). No mention of what role Pilar's husband Didier will play. Rumor is that Pilar & Didier were uncomfortable with the front of the house schmoozing so vital for restaurants to suceed in Napa Valley. So, a partnership with front-of-the-house pro Donna Scala makes sense.

I adored Pilar for it's satisfying, creative food that was - by local standards - fairly reasonably priced. Plus, I appreciated Pilar's fun decor that paired designer tiles with tablecloths from Walmart. I can ony hope the new incarnation will be as great.

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  1. I’m very sorry to hear that. It was a great place, very down to earth with very well prepared and tasty food. Their grilled radicchio salad inspired us to try to recreate it at home. The hostess(owner?) was always extremely nice.

    1. I'm a little sad. Also to hear of a partnership with Scala and Don Giovanni. Sounds weird to me.

      1. I know so many people who love Bistro Don Giovanni, but I've been there several times and always found it just ok. Maybe I was just there on an off night or ordered the wrong things. It will be interesting to see how the new collaboration turns out.

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        1. re: Ridge

          No, I think your impression is spot on.