Trying to decide on a birthday dinner spot while on vacation in California was difficult! Sonoma and Napa Valleys are foodie paradises, and with all of the choices I didn’t know what to do. Thank goodness for blogger friends! Lindsay suggested Scopa in Healdsburg, and when I took a look at their website, I was sold. I wanted something delicious and special but also comfortable, and Scopa fit the bill perfectly. If you ever want to go to Scopa, definitely make a reservation.
Scopa is TINY. Its a long, narrow room with a bar that seats no more than 8 people. Amazingly, everything is really well organized and runs smoothly, despite the tight space and tiny room.
We decided to eat at the bar, which is something we often do. I find it to be a cozy way to enjoy a meal, sitting side by side. It also makes sharing plates much easier, and Scopa was perfect for sharing. We started with a birthday toast with Iron Horse blanc de blancs bubbly. It was so yummy.
We started with the Scopa antipasto for two, a plate that was overflowing with grilled bread with different spreads, olives, chickpeas, tuna, and a variety of other delights.
Since I am on a total burratta kick, we shared the burratta with grilled bread and arugula. It was creamy and gooey and paired perfectly with the spice of the arugula and the crunchy grilled bread.
We also had a new favorite, grilled Caesar salad. Those are indeed anchovies on the crostini, and they were great! I found them more meaty and salty than fishy, and the nuttiness of the parmesan cheese brought out their flavors really well.
Next up, arancini with tomato sauce, cheesy bites of rice filled heaven.
Because it was my birthday, Scopa treated me to a glass of Italian dessert wine which was pink and delightfully sweet.
Located right on Healdsburg plaza, Scopa was the perfect choice for a celebratory dinner. The prices are very reasonable, the food is outstanding, and the atmosphere is cozy, romantic, and comfortable. Ahhhh I love love love Healdsburg. It is truly a paradise for food and wine lovers!