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Napa: Clemente's malfatti at Val's Liquor?

rworange Jun 16, 2009 01:37 PM

When I was having breakfast at Alexis Baking, I noticed a sandwichboard for an Italian Deli next door.

I walked in and there was a walk-up window for ordering various items such as malfatti and other pastas, pot roast and a few other things.

I remembered a discussion about malfatti sold out of a liquor store. This place also offered a discount for bringing your own container ... but .. it just didn't sound exactly the same. There was a banner over the door celebrating a first anniversary and from my memory the malfatti place was a long-time Napa institution.

Doing a search it was this other place I was thinking of

Malfatti and Ravioli from Lawler's Liquors, Napa
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/306462

It turns out the family that once sold at The Depot is now at Val's ... at least according to yelp. Anyone tried the food here?

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Clemente's at Val's Liquor
1531 3rd St, Napa, CA

  1. rworange Aug 10, 2009 12:35 PM

    Did a report of the Clemente's malfatti compared with Lawler's here
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3064...

    I forgot to add the menu

    Ravioli $4.50 per dozen
    Malfatti $4.50 per dozen
    Gnocci $5.50 per dozen
    Spaghetti $4.50 per pint, $9 per quart
    Minestrone soup $5 per pint, $9.75 per quart
    Meat sauce $6.75 per pint, $12 per quart
    Bread $3 per loaf, $1.75 half loaf, $1 quarter loaf
    Green salad $3 each person

    Regular specials
    Beef pot roast $8.99 per pint
    Chicken saute sec $7.99 per pint
    Veal scallopini $10.99 per pint
    Scallopini sandwich $7.99 each
    Pot roast sandwich $6.99 each

    If you don't bring your own containers here's the charges
    Pint 45 cents
    Quart 55 cents

    There's also a $40 family dinner that feeds 4-6 that includes ravioli, malfatti, minestrone soup, loaf of bread, spaghetti and 2 liter soda ... container charge $3.35 ... bring your own.

    While I preferred Lawler's malfatti, I plan to try one of the sandwiches in the future. It is a really cool set up. Walk up to the little window in the liquor store and they give you a receipt where you pay at the liquor store register. Then take a seat and wait.

    Peering through the window there's a kitchen with lots of action going on ... pots being stirred, veggies being chopped.

    Until Places can be updated, here's the hours

    Close Mondays
    Tue-Sun 11am - 8 pm

    Liquor store hours
    Mon-Sat 7am - 11pm
    Sun 7am - 10 pm

    3 Replies
    1. re: rworange
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      mick Aug 11, 2009 09:32 AM

      Vals liquor is the guy that did malfatti and raviolis at the Depot a Napa Italian Restaurant for many years where you would bring in your pot/container entering thru the back at the kitchen and they would fillerup.The Depot closed several years back and that restaurant has changed many times. Its currently a new italian restaurant that just opened a few months ago.Its in a hard to find location behind a used auto lot on Soscal. The Depot man opened his malfatti/ravioli buisness at Vals about a year ago,
      I dont think there malfatti's or raviolis are very good there like mush
      However Lawlers liquor on Jefferson sales malfatti/ravioli and they are very good. You can bring in a container or they have them. They also sell lasagne that the mother makes in the back kitchen and you take home and bake. Its good its a bargain and feeds a truck load of people.

      1. re: mick
        rworange Aug 11, 2009 10:24 AM

        Yeah, I liked Lawler's malfatti better, but I'm intrigued by the pot roast.

        Have you had one of the sandwiches at Lawlers? I'm intrigued since they are $3.50 and I'm wondering if they come on the Italian bread.

        Have you tried the latest incarnation of that Italian restaurant in the Depot location?

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        Lawler's Liquors
        2232 Jefferson St, Napa, CA

        1. re: rworange
          m
          mick Aug 16, 2009 06:37 PM

          Hane not had one of the sandwiches or tried the new italian restaurant.

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