Veteran chef Michael Chiarello opens Platform 8 in Yountville

Chef Michael Chiarello estimates he’s spent about 180,000 hours behind stoves in his career, opening high-end Italian restaurants like Tra Vigne and Bottega, which became landmarks in the Napa Valley, as well as starring in television shows, and cooking at fundraisers and demos.

All of this experience has led to the pinnacle of culinary achievement: the perfection of the American classics, the burger, fries and ice cream.

“You would not believe how many hours we put into this,” he said cheerfully as he conducted a tour of his newly opened, newest enterprise in Yountville. With him was his daughter, Giana, who is working with her dad these days. Together they posed in front of a sign: “Platform 8, Finally...Open.”

“After 24 years here in the valley, I thought about what was missing here, what was missing in Yountville,” said Chiarello.

The answer is here in his new eatery, subtitled, “a modern burger joint and ice cream lab.”

That’s the menu for Platform 8, which opened on Thursday in a building that once was part of the Yountville train station, hence the new name. Also, “Platform 8 is my favorite in the Milan train station,” Chiarello said. “From there you go to all kinds of great places.”

Platform 8 is at 6525 Washington St., Yountville. For more information, visit For to-go orders call 707-754-4470.

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