By Sherri L. Reynolds
Owned by Sergio Martignago and his lovely wife Elena. They are now moved into what was once a coffee establishment and had the entire place remodeled. They have spent many hours, months and days, along with their positive energy into the planning, design,colors and decor. This is a ” dream come true” after being in the restaurant business for over 10 years. They are the loveliest people you will ever meet.
When you walk in, you immediately sense a welcoming feeling and friendliness. You see the lovely chandeliers above and their signature mark of the glorious tall green palm tree in the middle of the restaurant The decor consists of warm colors with varied yellows, trimmed with soft browns, tuscany reds and olive green. The seating area along the wall is leather cushioned and very comfortable.
Tables are a beautiful walnut brown. The wine and coffee espresso bar area have high back cushioned chairs with hanging mosaic lights in pretty colors of red/orange/yellow,which also accent the granite tile perfectly.This area provides a very comfortable area to sit, to have an appetizer, a delicious meal,dessert,
a cappucino or just to enjoy a glass of wine from one of the local wineries.
Come late spring and summer time, their outside patio will also be available for enjoyment. Another place to sit, relax, and have a delicious meal with friends , family or for yourself. You will also be able to listen to the music there as well while you eat your meal. Their music varies from Spanish guitar, Italian, Argentinian, Russian , French and so much more.
They have new menus for lunch and dinner, which also consists of an extended appetizer list. On the appetizer list they now serve Calamari, Clams and Mussels, goat cheese with marinated olives. They also have a soup of the day, along with their signature vegetable soup. For lunch, they have sandwiches, salads and combination plates. The tri-tip sandwich and salad is a local favorite.
They also have roasted vegetable, fresh grilled salmon and chicken salads. Lunch pastas are pasta pesto,lasagnabolognese, handmade ravioli. They are very accomodating of adding whatever you like with your meal.
For dinner, they now have Chicken Parmigiana or ChickenMarsala, Risotta Pescatora with sauteed shrimp,scallops,calamari,
Bucco ( braised to tenderness pork shank cut) in a gremolata sauce. Grilled filet Salmon in a lemon butter sauce and Seafood Cioppino now.
Last week I had their weekly special, which was handmade gnocchi in a gorgonzola cheese sauce with walnuts. It was incredible !! My favorite dishes are the roasted vegetable salad, grilled salmon a lasagne bolognese. Then I usually have a cappucino or coffee with one of their homemade desserts, like tiramisu or chocolate mousse ( both delicious) and they also have pannacotta ( Italian vanilla custard w/ raspberry sauce).
They have an extended selection of red and white wines tochoose from. Most are from the local area. I like the Lucchesi Zinfandel or NevadaCity Rough and Ready for red wine and the Nevada City Chardonnay or Sonata for white wine. Both are local.
Now, to the amazing team they have put together for this outstanding establishment. They have 3 great chefs, Franceso Gazzana from Italy ( award winning chef for Calif and Nevada ) , Wes Cooper ( local
skateboard champion) and graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Yess Bryce ( from west coast Canada) manages her own local organic farm of animal and vegetables. David Martignago (brother of Sergio) who moved recently from New York to help his brother with the restaurant business, Jessica Fagerstrom ( who also moved from New York) to make the handmade special pastas ( her and David also have 2 beautiful daughters Ariella and Arianna), Lennon De Janeiro ( local Grass Valley resident) who has been their dedicated server for many years, plus he makes an amazing hot cappuccino or Italian soda. Together, they are a great team of wonderful,beautiful, friendly people and will go out of their way for you.
I love this place, it is after all my very favorite place that I enjoy very much and have made wonderful friendships here too. Be sure to call in for your dinner reservations, so that you have the opportunity to enjoy a fabulous meal and friendly atmosphere.You can also visit their website www.sergioscaffe.com to learn more about them.
Bravo to all for their dedication and hard work for creating an excellence of fine dining and enriching our community.
Located at 109 Mill Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
“Enjoy life and the taste for it ”
Sherri L. Reynolds
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