Napa: Genova Delicatessen – wine by the glass $5
Nothing new and exciting except that I never knew there was a Genova in Napa.
They sell wine by the glass for $5. There’s coffee bar with stools and an area to eat with with a half dozen wooden tables.
Here’s what is great about that. If they are serving customer #7 and your ticket is #42, it takes the edge off the wait to sit sipping a glass of wine.
It has been a while since I’ve visited the Oakland store, but I’m guessing there are a lot of the same items. There’s a small wine section, cheese counter, cold salads, cold cuts, cakes and hot food section. There’s an Italian grocer section and a cooler runs down one wall stocked with beer, soda, pasta, sauces, etc.
This is the year of the meat ball sub for me so I gave it a try here. While it isn’t the meatball sandwich of my dreams is was good and topped with some fresh fried green peppers and onions.
Shelves in back of the deli counter hold a choice of nine different rolls. The bakery is Sciambra Passini French Bakery of Napa. I have never heard of them before but according to their facebook page they have been in business since the 1930’s and
“make over 400 different bread items: rolls of all shape, sizes, & flavors; sliced bread; french bread; and artisan style loaves. We deliver to the Napa Valley, San Francisco, Sacramento, and beyond … We can customize any special bread for your particular company’
Genova also sold some of the baguettes and bread just marked ‘specialty’. It was really good. It looked like an Italian loaf but it had a hard crust and was scored so you can break it up into dinner rolls. It was chewy and addictive.
I brought home a roast lemon chicken for dinner which was tasty in a deli sort of way. The lemon flavor permeated the meat.
Coffee is Napa Roastery and a buck a cup. I liked it.
I’m not sure who makes their cakes but they looked delicious.
It is the same owner as the Oakland store. The Walnut Creek stores are run by another relative according to this site
“The first one was founded in Oakland in 1926 and eventually taken over in the 50's by Dominic De Vicenzi, who worked there and married the owner's daughter. Since then, another Genova deli was opened in Walnut Creek and run by Dominic's nephew, but there was some sort of family falling-out”
IMO, it is the nicest Genova Deli. There is a lot more room than the other stores. The staff was super nice and classic old school deli perfect.
I’m not sure the individual prices but I bought 2 glass of wine, a whole chicken, meatball sub, loaf of specialty bread and a cup of coffee for $31.
Yes, there are a zillion upscale food providers in the Napa area. However, it might not be a bad idea to keep Genova in mind for an affordable source for picnic supplies.
Here’s another blog about Genova.
Address and other info on yelp. It is on Trancas near Whole Food and the same strip mall as Lucky.
2012 – The year of the meatball sandwich (in order of preference)
1. Rotten City Pizza, Berkeley
2. Paisan, Berkeley
3. Genova Deli, Napa
4. Southie, Oakland
Great reminder RW - Genova is routinely packed at lunchtime with a line of locals getting GREAT sub sandwiches. They carry the largest selection of variety meats and will make any combination of sandwiches you can conceive of (my favorite includes roasted eggplant, bell peppers and garlic, pesto, prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella).