Il Posto, north Napa’s popular trattoria, has rolled out a number of new dishes for summer and is celebrating the installation of a new bar.
Americans like the idea of bellying up to the bar, notes restaurant partner Justin Graffigna, “so I decided to give one to our regular customers.”
Graffigna and partner Arik Housley admit that while it’s a small bar tucked into a corner of the intimate eatery, the bar nevertheless allows everyone the option of dropping by for just a drink, a bite or the daily happy hour. It’s also ideal for single patrons who don’t intend to order a complete meal but just stop off for pizza and a beer — which, by the way, Il Posto is offering at $12.
Offering classic cocktails made with Han Asian vodka, a selection of beer and a mix of Napa Valley and Italian wines, Il Posto’s happy hour takes place between 5 and 6:30 p.m. daily at the bar. All beers are $3, cosmos and margaritas $4 and a glass of house red or white wine offered at $4.50. Several antipasti are available as well at $4 and $4.50, such as bruschetta and arancini.
Executive chef Adam Clark is featuring a seasonal selection of pasta dishes, including mint tagliatelle with prawns and scallops with pesto cream sauce ($14/$19); spaghetti with summer squash, roasted tomatoes, pancetta and garlic ($12/$17); ravioli with herb ricotta filling, tomato butter and pickled red onions ($13/$18); sautéed ricotta gnocchi with fresh corn polenta and Romano beans ($13/$18); and saffron casarecce — long twists of pasta, which appear rolled up on themselves popular in Sicily — with tasty braised oxtail ragu topped with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese ($13/$18).
A panzanella salad ($13), featuring fresh heirloom tomatoes from Big Ranch Farms, basil, ricotta salata, olive oil croutons and sherry vinaigrette, is just right for summer eating.
Chef Clark has also brought back to his menu chicken piccata, served with braised greens, spring onions and the grain of Le Marche, farro.
“Thursday nights, we are featuring a new special,” notes Graffigna. “It is pork Milanese, a pork chop pounded out thin and served over orzo pasta with peperonata — slowly cooked peppers and onions — with arugula pesto. Veal osso buco with saffron risotto has moved to Saturday nights.”
For those who enjoy soup, the chef is offering summer minestrone with pesto.
Lunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with dinner offered from
5 p.m. “until people stop coming,” Graffigna said.
Il Posto Trattoria is located at 4211 Solano Ave., Napa. For reservations, call 707-251-8600.