C California Style

Eyes on the Pies

by C California Style

Downtown Napa needs another pizza restaurant like it needs another tasting room.

But with the opening of their first brick-and-mortar location, Ca’ Momi Osteria (sibling of Oxbow Public Market mainstay Ca’ Momi Enoteca), Italy-born owners Dario De Conti, Valentina Guolo-Migotto and Stefano Migotto are about to prove that both locals and tourists will be willing to make space. The restaurant’s mozzarella- and salsiccia-topped pies come to life in a showpiece wood-burning oven and are among an elite few to bear Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certification—meaning the most discerning Neapolitan pizza artisans wholeheartedly approve. The rest of the menu follows suit with Italian “peasant fare” as authentic as the owners’ vowel-filled names. Think: toothsome pasta lapped in Ligurian pesto, tortellini in bone broth and a cutting board shrouded in a jewel-like mosaic of house-made salumi. It’s all served alongside dangerously drinkable wines that bear the Ca’ Momi Napa Valley label, spot-on negronis and espressos, and a retail store where you can snatch some bare necessities on the way home—like a gorgeous bottle of Italian-made olive oil. 1141 First St., Napa, 707-257-4992; camomienoteca.com.

Written by Lesley McKenzie and Carolyn Alburger Warsham.
PHOTOS: Ca’ Momi Napa Valley.