Best calamari Fritti, or fritto misto
After a day outdoors, for some reason my friends and I are often in the mood for really good fried calamari and good wine. Would love to find very crisp, light, greaseless, fritto misto style, with fresh artichokes, fennel, onions, lemon, etc.
Bistro Don Giovanni on Highway 29 at the south end of the Napa Valley has the best fritto misto that I've tried.
Bistro Don Giovanni
4110 Howard Ln, Napa, CA
When it's on the menu, Sociale's is great. Sometimes it's just veggie fritto misto, other times I think I've had some calamari too.
The salt & pepper squid at Yuet Lee in Chinatown gets my vote for best.
Of course, no wine, cash only, and you'll be under the glare of fluorescent lights in one of Chinatown's ugliest restaurants (and that's saying something), but it's still oddly my favorite...
About this time last year at Pizzaiolo I had one with artichokes, olives and Meyer lemons that was delicious.
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609