Chefs and culinary enthusiasts alike will delight in the newest offerings from Chef Michael Chiarello. The highly acclaimed chef has quietly opened a new “Eataly-style emporium” in the former NapaStyle space. Ottimo – which includes a cafe, market, and mozzeria – is in Yountville’s V Marketplace just across from Bottega, Chiarello’s flagship restaurant. Chiarello is also planning to open a new modern burger house in V Marketplace.
In Italian, Ottimo means optimal, first rate, excellent. With his latest project, Chiarello plans to share his culinary knowledge and his rustic, Southern Italian cuisine serving up brick oven pizzas, hand-pulled mozzarella, espresso, wine, beer, and handcrafted products.
The cafe and mercato are open every day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cafe serves espresso, gelato, pastries, craft beer and wine. The cafe also features a tasting bar for guests to sample recipes from Chiarello’s family, his cookbooks and restaurants. The mercato serves as Ottimo’s retail space and items for sale include Chiarello’s favorite cooking tools. The famous chef and his team custom-designed many of the items, which include brushed silver flatware from Florence. Pantry items – such as Calabrian chiles imported from Chiarello’s mother’s hometown – are available for sampling throughout the space.
As for the new burger house, Chiarello plans to call the restaurant Platform 8. It will open in the space occupied by Pacific Blues Cafe, which is closing April 19. Platform 8 will also have an old-fashioned soda fountain with ice cream prepared with liquid nitrogen to order.
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