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Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria, Geyserville

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My wife and I are from New Jersey so our standards for pizza are pretty high. Most of the recommended pizza joints out here in Ca. are… well lets be nice and say their different :)

Enter Diavolo Pizzeria and Salumeria in the little town of Geyserville. This is certainly the real deal, an assortment of specialty pizza that could convert some die hard NJ’ers :)
Besides the pizza, Diavolo offers a nice array of appetizers, pasta and mains.
Last night 4 of us ordered 3 apps and 3 pizza and shared everything.
Starters were Vegetable Antipasto, tutto beans, marinated butter beans & sea salt, Cauliflower with pinenuts, golden raisins and anchovies, marinated red beets.
Octopus salad with potato, arugula, fennel, oranges, celery hearts and EVOO.
Roasted red beets with goat cheese, oranges, faro, arugula, herb & lemon vinaigrette.
All the apps were full of flavor yet light, excellent start to the meal.

The pizza were just as varied: margherita with mozzarella, basil and tomato. Cicciona was a meat lovers delight with beef brisket, pork belly, sausage, pecorino & onion. Next was the Diavola with roasted red peppers, house made Sicilian meatballs, pinenuts, currents provolone and arugula.
All were delicious, hard to pick a favorite.
We finished the feast with a frozen cannoli or something resembling one and it was also very good.
Washed it all down with a 1992 Ridge Geyserville and a 1998 Spottswood Cab. Both wines were great and still quite young.

If your near the town of Geyserville, Diavolo is well worth the detour of Rt 101.

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Diavola
21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441

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  1. Gosh, has it really been three years since Diavola opened?
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/539891
    And more baffling, that long for me to return? Not without trying, but the wait has been too long each time I made an attempt on the spur-of-the-moment. My luck changed last week though when driving by with my house guests. We sent one in to see how long for a table, and got an immediate text message back, "Table now". Woohoo!

    Three of us shared two items.

    Bambino pizza, Sicilian-style thick crust baked in a pan and topped with housemade salami, black olives, oregano, and fresh mozz. Guess I prefer the thin-crust, though this was fine if too salty for my taste.

    Potato gnocchi with braised local rabbit, funghi, green olives, and pancetta was the dish that knocked me out. Little tender potato-y pillows tossed with perfectly balanced slow braised, cured, earthy, bright, briny flavors in each bite. My Italo-phile friend commented that he'd never had this dish in Italy but it tasted truly Italian to him. For me, it brought back the spirit of Santi once more.

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    Diavola
    21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441

    1. Got there at 3 in the afternoon last week and picked up a Diavola and a Cicciona to take home. Added a little of their homemade salami to one of the pies. Bottom line - absolutely terrific. Great crust, toppings of remarkable integrity and taste, and yum from first bite to last. Not to be missed if you're in the area.

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      Diavola
      21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441

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      1. re: upvalley

        Did you reheat them or were they take and bake? Always looking for a decent take and bake!

        1. re: The Librarian

          I just reheated them. By the way, I froze half of one and had it a week later - hard to believe it was ever frozen it held up so well. And the service was wonderfully friendly as well.

      2. everything we've tried at Diavolo was very good to excellent. they have the best Tuscan style tripe we've found in this country. did not eat at Santi until its last few years in Geyserville (Diavolo was just getting started), but we found Diavolo's food (in a more casual ambience) more to our tastes, as much as we enjoyed Santi. we always take home a couple varieties of sausage for the freezer -- they are like no one else's.

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        1. re: moto

          The tripe was a long time favorite at Santi. I'll have to order it at Diavola the next time I feel nostalgic. When I've been rebuffed by the wait time, I grab some sausage from the case to take home for an immediate meal. I love the Calabrese. And I noticed jars of Sugo in the case now, will try that next.

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          Diavola
          21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            this past Sat they were selling quart containers of the tripe and the pork cheek ragu from the deli case in the front ; of course we bought one of each for the freezer, along with a chunk of pancetta and some sausage. our lunch there included a roasted beet salad, which was a light, refreshing, and delicate version with citrus slices, and an absurdly good panini with roast pork loin, eggplant, and skordalia.

            1. re: moto

              Mmm, a quart of tripe from Diavola is sounding so good on this grey day in the wine country.

              The display case had a couple of smoked hog jowls when we were there. We tried to buy them but apparently they weren't for sale.

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              Diavola
              21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441

          2. re: moto

            Wanted to say that I've been enjoying the trippa alla fiorentina this winter. The first time, I was amazed at the tiny mirepoix, knifework worthy of a Michelin 3-star! And of course, the tripe was delicious. The second time, the preparation was more rustic, but still tasty. Quite a bargain at $10 per quart from the take-out case.

          3. Great time to revive this thread, we are back for a couple of weeks and Diavola is on the list to go back to. Tough for a NJ boy to say he is looking forward to Ca. pizza :)

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            Diavola
            21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441

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            1. re: tom246

              Welcome home! Are you working crush?

              I love adding the housemade chili oil to the pie.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Wish I could say it is home, not yet but will be in 6 months or so. Your a mind reader :) wife and I will be helping with our son's crush, for me hopefully in the next week or so.
                Diavola would be a great place for a small group. The pies are big enough for 5-6 people to get a healthy taste and you can order 6 different ones.

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                Diavola
                21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441

                1. re: tom246

                  Very cool, do sign up for the chowdown groups. North Bay's not so active these days but we can change that.
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/668213

                  Something I meant to mention in my original post is that Chef Dino was not in the kitchen the night I ate there. So I have to give extra kudos to his team for a great job.

            2. Four of us enjoyed a variety of food (and wine) last night at Diavola. Starters included sweetbreads, frito misto and grilled veggie platter. Had two pizza, the Diavola and Inferno with an egg added for some protein :)

              Didn't need dessert but that never stops us, cheesecake with berry jam, a stout beer float and an order of make your own Smores finished us off. Excellent food and a relaxing evening.

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              1. re: tom246

                Very late post, but I have some photos taken November 2011, two months after you were there.

                Here's the Diavola pizza, same as you ordered - Roasted red peppers, provolone, arugula, house meatballs with raisins and pine nuts. $16.50.
                http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

                And a look at the upskirt - the bottom is just about perfect for my tastes, but one side of the topside was over-fired.
                http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

                To draw a comparison to the better known wood-fired pizzas in the Bay Area, I'd say it's closest to Oakland's Pizzaiolo/Boot & Shoe in crust, execution, and style of seasonal toppings.

                We also had a winter vegetable salad . . . and winter never tasted so good. Local arugula, winter vegetables, house cured pancetta, fried butter beans, parmigiano and cherry tomato vinaigrette, $12.
                http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

                I loved those crisp, creamy beans, here's a close-up. The little touches like this are what make Diavola so special.
                http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

              2. Diavola is our overall favorite restaurant in Sonoma County and last night was pretty typical.
                Shared an antipasti, pasta and pizza, all were delicious.

                Antipasti was a crispy duck confit salad, greens, very thinly sliced carrots and potatoes dressed perfectly. Great start to the meal.

                Pasta was Heirloom Squash Ravioli whose filling was actually a leeks and sage mixture along with chunks of roasted butternut squash, kale and parmigiano. This looked as good as it tasted, a beautiful mix of flavors.

                Pizza was the Prosciutto & Funghi, with wild mushrooms, hot pepper spread, prosciutto cotto, basil, gorgonzola and tomato. Had not seen this pizza before and glad we ordered it. Savory with a bit of heat, very tasty combination. Having some for lunch right now :)

                Very busy on Sunday evening but the service was friendly and informative as always.
                Chef owner Dino Bugica has a real gem in Diavola. You could dine here once a week for a year and not get through the menu updates and specials.
                A bit out of the way in Geyserville but well worth the effort to get here. If your looking for chicken parm and standard Italian stuff look elsewhere but come here for some awesome rustic Italian creations.

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                1. re: tom246

                  Diavola is also a favorite of ours and we will not miss it when traveling north into Sonoma county.

                  We were lucky to stop by on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon (weekend before last) and they had the back patio open, so we were able to enjoy a leisurely meal. The patio is dog-friendly, When the patio is not open we just get a pizza to go.

                  Shared a salad of grilled romaine with grilled shrimp, great starter. My SO had their burger special (I believe it was a sirloin and brisket grind) and a salccisia pizza. Lots of food but we took most of the pizza with us for later snacking.

                  Interesting selection of local wines by the glass. The back patio is closed in and shaded so it's probably comfortable most of the year.

                  Almost next door to Diavola is the Locals Tasting Room. This tasting room offers wine from very small local producers who do not make enough wine to support their own tasting rooms. It's very casual and you never know what you might find there. I may be wrong but I don't think there is a tasting fee, if there is, it is offset by wine purchase and whenever we have been there we have purchased at least a couple of very reasonably priced bottles.

                  Geyserville, is definitly worth a detour off 101.