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Cotogna alum Jason “Buffalo” LoGrasso oversees the riverfront bar at BASALT. PHOTO: Nick Vasilopoulos.

Country Strong

by C California Style

A string of new Napa Valley restaurants is setting the city’s dining scene ablaze.

 Joining the recently opened Ninebark (ninebark‑napa.com) downtown is Basalt (basaltnapa.com), where chef Esteban Escobar turns out dishes amid a sleek atmosphere and earthy furnishings. • The Restaurant at Meadowood’s director Nathaniel Dorn and chef Christopher Kostow are opening The Charter Oak (christopherkostow.com) in the former Tra Vigne space this summer, where rustic dishes will include a rotisserie pork shoulder dressed with a miso of acorns. • Chef Curtis Di Fede will offer smoked fish and rice bowls at Japanese-inspired izakaya Miminashi (miminashi.com), while TwoBirds/OneStone (twobirdsonestonenapa.com), the California-inspired yakitori restaurant by chefs Sang Yoon and Douglas Keane, will be housed in the newly rehabbed Freemark Abbey Winery in St. Helena. • Las Alcobas (starwoodhotels.com), a new hotel property on St. Helena’s old Grandview estate, will bow with a restaurant and spa this fall. • Chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife Katina are opening Single Thread Farms Restaurant & Inn (singlethreadfarms.com), which will showcase Japanese-accented French fare. • And later this year, Kenzo Tsujimoto’s (kenzoestate.com) yet-to-be-named Japanese restaurant and tasting room on Pearl Street will dish up fresh fish from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. • CAROLINE CAGNEY.