5 Reasons Napa’s Ca’ Momi is Obsessively Authentic

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Saint Helena and Yountville no longer can lay claim to harboring the best of Napa Valley’s restaurants. In recent years, Napa proper has seen an upsurge in the number and quality of eateries staking territory in the quaint riverside downtown area. Haute is all around Napa now, and one of the hautest spots is Ca’ Momi Osteria, an emporium of Italian gastronomic authenticity so true to its roots that you’ll be singing ‘O Sole Mio’ by the end of your meal.

Ca’ Momi Osteria’s Italian veracity is a direct result of its owners’ combined heritages and their desire to celebrate the simplicity of the flavors on which they were raised. By fusing classic Italian recipes with California’s incomparable organic bounty of fresh ingredients, Ca’ Momi is a restaurant in which its sum is greater than its Italian and California parts. Here’s why Ca’ Momi is obsessively authentic:

1 Italian Ownership

Ca’ Momi combines the talents of Valentina Guolo-Migotto (‘un-chef’ and chief evolutionary officer), Dario De Conti (master pizzaiolo and winemaker), and Stefano Migotto (winemaker and brewmaster) – all Italian born and raised and each interested in preserving the culinary traditions and culture of old Italy. Guolo-Migotto recreates the classic Italian recipes she and her partners grew up with, researching the most authentic version of a dish and heart-crafting each using local and organic ingredients
Ca’ Momi Osteria 1141 First St., Napa, CA 707.224.MOMI (6664)

2 Real-Deal Pizza

Ca’ Momi’s pizza is made with strict adherence to Vera Pizza Napoletana guidelines, cooked for 90 seconds in a 900-degree wood burning oven and served uncut to preserve its integrity. That’s exactly how it is served in Italy. Ca’ Momi is one of the few Italian restaurants in the country (and the only one in Napa Valley) carrying three of the highest Italian certifications of quality and integrity: VPN (Verace Pizza Napoletana) APN (Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani) and Ospitalitầ Italians.

3 The Best Ingredients

Ca’ Momi believes in supporting local, like-minded small businesses and sources its ingredients from quality purveyors that share an obsessiveness for integrity. The burrata in your Burrata & Verdure is from Belfiore Cheese Company. The mushrooms in your Tagliatelle con i Funghi di Bosco come from Wine Forest Wild Foods. And the chocolate-hazelnut drizzle on your Angioletti Alla Nocciolota dolci is compliments of Tcho Chocolate.

4 Origins Revealed

Each menu item lists its area of provenance. If you were to order Spaghetti Alla Bottarga in Sardegna, it would look and taste just like Ca’ Momi’s version – garlic, shallot, parsley and crispy breadcrumbs. Your Ca’ Momi order of Pollo Alla Potentina will be exactly like that served in Basilicata – ½ braised chicken, tomato and herb stew, Calabrian chili and roasted fingerling potatoes. (Bonus for gluten-watchers – many of Ca’ Momi’s dishes are naturally gluten-free, or can be so ordered.)

5 Ambience

Sustainably sourced and creatively repurposed materials create a modern yet rustic décor, with organic warmth, intricate exposed brickwork, wooden beams, Edison lights, and soaring rafters. The owners commissioned local artist Jayashri Triolo to create the wall décor – large scale oil paintings inspired by the culture and lifestyle of Padova, Italy. Take a peek, have a creative cocktail or glass of Ca’ Momi wine at the bar, stay awhile, and enjoy the late Friday and Saturday night live entertainment. You too will become obsessed.
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