Dinner at Scopa

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 Healdsburg

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.

Scopa Bar

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.

Scopa Menu

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.

Scopa antipasto

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.


grilled caesar salad

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.

Italian dessert wine

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!

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Tags: California, Food, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Travel, wine, wine bars, wine country

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Looks fantastic! I’m not sure if I mentioned it before but I forwarded your blog to my friend who is doing a triathlon in SF and will be spending some time in SF and Sonoma afterwards. She is loving your reviews and I think has a few of your places on her itinerary!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Thanks for forwarding to her! I am by no means an expert on the area but would be happy to answer any questions. I could write about Sonoma and Napa all day long :)


    2. Ruby’s avatar

      One of my favourite parts of the world! I will definitely bookmark this and make a reservation next time I’m lucky enough to be driving through…


    3. Lazaro’s avatar

      I’ve never photographed food in a restaurant like that. Do you have to clear it with the people? I’m gonna try this!


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        I haven’t ever had a problem taking photos in a restaurant, except feeling awkward! But I have heard that Whole Foods does not allow photos, and once I was in the Lush bath store and they asked me to stop taking photos!


      2. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)’s avatar

        Oh my gosh, so much yumminess. Is it lunchtime yet?! ;)


      3. Elina’s avatar

        What a wonderful sounding meal. We’re going to Sonoma this fall – I can’t wait!! :)


        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          I think we are going to do another wine country trip after BlogHer Food in early October. When are you going?


        2. Elina’s avatar

          Oh btw, good luck on Monday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D


        3. DharmaKitchen’s avatar

          I’m always looking for new restaurants to try when I go to Sonoma. I have family there – so I make it down quite a lot. This looks fantastic, I’ll definitely have to check it out!!! Thanks! :o)


        4. Simply Life’s avatar

          Looks like a great birthday meal!


        5. Kirsten’s avatar

          Happy belated birthday! Love that you were out in wine country again. I really need to get there! Emailed you today, hope we can meet up soon!


          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            Just emailed you back! Can’t wait to hear about Africa!


          2. Lindsay Meyer’s avatar

            I kept meaning to ask you how this turned out! Glad you enjoyed it. Also, the winemaker at Ferrari Carano is now at J (next to Rodney Strong) – the place I kept begging you to visit. (Next time!)…


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