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It’s easy to spend a day in Healdsburg without getting into the car once, especially if you are staying on the plaza.  If you’re not, it’s also pretty much always easy to find parking and to spend your day just wandering in and out of tasting rooms and shops and restaurants.

We’re always excited to add a new tasting room to our Healdsburg mix, so when we saw that the space previously occupied by Boisset Taste of Terroir was now a C. Donatiello tasting room, it was our first stop. We have tasted and loved C. Donatiello wines in the past, including during the Wine and Food Affair.

C. Donatiello Sparkling Wine

Vacation is for celebration, so we started off with glasses of sparkling wine which we loved. It reminded me a little of Prosecco, with pear notes and the tiniest bit of sweetness. It ended up being perfect for a little Sunday brunch bubbly before our Savor Healdsburg Food Tour too! Perfect alone, this bubbly would also be nice in a mimosa on the beach. As it’s already unbearably cold in Boston, that is a thought I will hold onto.

C. Donatiello

We didn’t want to leave the C. Donatiello tasting room once we pulled up the couple of chairs in the window overlooking the Healdsburg Plaza. It’s a warm and cozy space with great people watching. Staff was friendly and helpful, happy to walk us through the various Pinot Noir and Chardonnay options available but also happy to give us space to sip and relax without feeling rushed or sold to.

So we decided to stay and share two more glasses, a  Russian River Valley Chardonnay and a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay offered everything I love in this varietal, acidity and green apple notes with a delightful roundness, hints of vanilla and butterscotch on the lingering finish. The Chardonnay for me would be a perfect food wine.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

As far as the Pinot goes, we love Sonoma Coast wines, and C. Donatiello is definitely doing these grapes, grown in a stunningly beautiful but sometimes difficult region, major justice.

How beautiful is the color of that Pinot Noir? It was light and tart with strawberry notes, a little spicy, and oh-so-easy to drink. Fall always puts me in the mood for Pinot Noir, and I am wishing we had filled a case with this one.

It’s no secret we loved this spot; it was one of two tasting rooms we visited twice on our trip and one that will always be part of our itinerary moving forward.  Unpretentious, nicely appointed, with delicious wines, and welcoming people. . . what more could you ask for?

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Let me start off by admitting I went to the new Legal Oysteria twice in two days. It’s that good, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty close to my office.  I didn’t spend much time at Olives, the restaurant previously in its space, except for the epic reopening party, where it seems Todd English spent all of his money on a seven hour open bar. . .

But I loved the space and location, and well, while Todd doesn’t seem to have a love for Boston, Legal does, and I had a feeling they would get it just right.

Legal Oysteria maintains that same bright, open layout and design that Olives had, with a beautiful white marble bar and a variety of types of seating, including a dining area, bar, and high tops.

The cocktail menu offers many aperitif and digestif type drinks; a number of them have bitter elements like Amaro. I started with a Prosecco Cocktail, a refreshing and too-easy-to-drink blend of Prosecco, Aperol, Aperitivo Rosa, Citrus, and Soda. The paper straw it came with was cute, but it disintegrated pretty quickly.

prosecco cocktail

Legal Oysteria is the perfect place to dine with friends who are up for trying lots of bites. Every single one was delicious, and we filled up before we had the chance tp even look at the entrée menu!

calamari

{Crispy Fried Calamari, Salsa Rossa}

Tender, salty, perfectly crisp, the calamari was a surprise. I often try calamari that I don’t love, but this one really was perfect.

caponata

{Eggplant Caponata with Grilled Focaccia}

I love eggplant, but I love it even more when someone else cooks it for me. This caponata was dotted with sweet raisins to provide a flavor contrast, and the bread was fluffy and buttery,

grilled oysters with fennel butter

{Grilled Oysters with Fennel Butter}

This is possibly the most heavenly and decadent way to eat oysters ever. Warm fennel butter mixed with plump grilled oysters was a combination new to me, but it is something I want to eat again and again.

 

ricotta fritters with spiced honey

{Ricotta Fritters with Spiced Honey}

These little fritters reminded me of donuts. They were awesome, but I think they might belong on the dessert menu.

shrimp and chickpea fritters

{Chickpea and Shrimp Fritters}

I had these both nights at Legal Oysteria. I loved the mix of shrimp and chickpeas in a piping hot fritter, and the spicy aioli was a perfect addition.

clam pizza

{Roasted Clam Pizza, Garlic, Oregano, Mozzarella, Pecorino}

The roasted clam pizza was our main course, and it was delightfully crispy and garlicky, the perfect end to the meal and the bite that put me over the “too full” edge.

Legal Oysteria is an excellent addition to the Boston dining scene, and I am certain it will become an after work favorite for me and my colleagues.

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Snugly nestled in Boston’s bustling North End sits Parla, an Italian speakeasy that opened in April. I got to check it out on a recent girls’ night out, and it is the perfect place for such an occasion.

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The cocktail list at Parla is a ton of fun; classics like the margarita are mixed up with rye; I am a huge fan of rye and was excited to see this. To start off, I went with the Bee Sting Julep, a slightly spicy, slightly sweet blend of habanero honey infused whiskey with mint and lemon. It had a nice kick while also being refreshing!

 

bee sting julep cocktailAs it often happens when I am out with these ladies (which is not often enough!) we ordered lots of things to share. Parla’s menu is perfect for sharing, especially since you’ll have a hard time choosing what to order. What did we have?

arancini

Braised Oxtail Arancini – These were one of my favorites of the night. I loved the bit of meat in the hot and chewy arancini, and the sauce that came alongside would be perfect for mopping up with bread or just about anything.

quail egg carbonaraWe also had the Quail Egg Carbonara, which was topped with a runny quail egg just waiting to be mixed in with the hot pasta and salty bacon.

lobster ravioliThe Lobster and Uni Ravioli was as beautiful as it was delicious. Out of all of the pasta dishes (We had four, but my photos didn’t come out great.), this was my favorite. I loved the creamy pink sauce, and the addition of fava beans was nice for texture.

Secco You can’t have a dinner outing with the ladies without a bottle of bubbles, and we enjoyed a bottle of Secco Prosecco with the meal. Italian bubbly certainly goes well with Italian dishes and lots of chatter!

I would recommend Parla heartily; I sent some friends there the following night, and they loved it too. It’s a great spot in the heart of the North End, doing food that is fun, creative, and delicious!

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