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Jul 30, 2008 03:41 PM

tre vigne

Has anyone been to Tre Vigne in St. Helena lately? Since the departure on Michael Chiarello?

I heard a rumor that it is closed. What's the story?

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  1. The restaurant's name is Tra (with an "A") Vigne. and Michael Chiarello left -- what? -- a decade ago?

    It is pretty bad, actually. Search around and you will see lots of not very flattering reviews.

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    1. re: Carrie 218

      Thank you.

      It's completely inconsistent. I'm glad orezscu had a good meal, but please don't count on that happening again. And it's terribly overpriced for what you get and the quality of the cuisine compared to what else is availabe in the valley. I was forced to go there on a client dinner (I'm the client) and there were 6 of us, and everything was slightly off. Everything. The tagliatelle was dry, the corn pudding OK but not great, the Caesar a total bust -- mainly everything was prepared haphazardly or without the level of flavor development you expect for those prices and can easily get elsewhere. Other menu items are poorly conceived. Generally, the dishes just aren't succulent and tasty, at least compared to other restaurants. And you pay a lot for that.

    2. It's perfectly fine, actually. I had lunch there a few weeks ago and our group of six had about ten different menu items, from the calamari to the maltagliate in ragu to the standard smoked beef short ribs. The meat and fish are of high quality, the pastas well made and well dressed. The kitchen is quite competent, the wait staff has never been anything short of lovely, and sitting under the canopy of trees on a warm summer day is blissful.

      I would say that Sizzler is "pretty bad." Tra Vigne is still competitive as a wine country dining destination.

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      1. re: orezscu

        I had a great meal there a month ago. I think there were kitchen issues at one point, as about two years ago a meal I had wasn't so great, but the last two were really good. The fresh mozzarella app is a must. Service is also top-notch; always friendly and informative.

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        Tra Vigne Restaurant
        1050 Charter Oak, St. Helena, CA 94574