Fresh Features

Welcome to Tomatina

At Tomatina, we always want to keep things fresh. And, we want to give you an insiders look through our kitchen with our new Fresh Features Blog. Meet our team, make your favorites at home, and find out about the latest news and events at Tomatina.


Summer Freshness


Jun 12, 2018

Summer is here. It’s time to let our freshness shine. Our locally-grown produce is received daily, and we only order what we need for the day to ensure freshness. We also hand-cut all our produce to avoid unnecessary processing.   Even before the produce reaches us, freshness is a priority. That’s w ...

Benvenuto Rigatoni


May 29, 2018
By: Tomatina Topic: Menu

Our Chicken Rigatoni, an instant hit from our specials offerings, is now a permanent addition to our menu. This warm and hearty dish features prosciutto, creamy tomato sauce and Parmesan, ingredients that blend together to provide a taste you’ll enjoy again and again.   Did you know the popular pas ...

Pumpkin Season is Here


Oct 01, 2017

’Tis the season for pumpkin everything. There’s no shame in our pumpkin game and we’re excited to serve up our legendary pumpkin cheesecake once again. Enjoy a slice at the restaurant topped with cranberry sauce, whipped cream and fresh mint or order a whole housemade pumpkin cheesecake with caramel ...

The Perfect Side


Sep 01, 2017
By: Tomatina Topic: Recipes | Menu

No need to sneak your greens– you’ll be craving our savory roasted broccoli and cauliflower the moment you try it! This classic side is the perfect pairing to any meal, and a great way to actually enjoy your veggies. Ingredients Serves 6-8 Spicy Feta 4 ounces olive oil ½ teaspoon chopped garlic ¼ ...

Strawberries Through Summer And Fall


Aug 01, 2017

There’s something incredibly satisfying about biting into a fresh strawberry, especially when you’re cooking with them. Summer’s favorite fruit also transitions well into fall, staying in season through November. It’s in our July and August seasonal dessert, so clearly we’re inspired by it. We’ve co ...

Summer Heirloom Tomato Passata


May 01, 2017
By: Tomatina Topic: Recipes

Heirloom tomato season is in full swing and we love it. One of our favorite recipes is the Heirloom Tomato Passata.  Use the passata in any recipe that calls for tomatoes, like on a pasta or as a dipping sauce.  INGREDIENTS 2 lbs Heirloom tomatoes ½ cup Olive oil 1.25 tsp Dried oregano ¼ cup Fresh ...

Warm Up With Minestrone


Apr 05, 2017
By: Tomatina Topic: Recipes

Beat the rainy day blues and make Tomatina’s signature minestrone in the comfort of your own home! INGREDIENTS 1.5 cups Diced yellow onion  ½ cup Diced celery  ½ cup Peeled and diced carrots  2 ounces Extra Virgen olive oil  1.5 tbs Chopped fresh garlic 1 tbs Chopped Fresh Thyme  2 ea Bay leave ...

The Special Thing About Our March Special


Mar 08, 2017

This month's featured dish was created by Chef Humberto Agustin from our Walnut Creek restaurant! Chef Agustin has been a member of the Tomatina team for 17 years and was the winner of the 2017 Tomatina Cooking Challenge for his Linguine Pesto. His dish features fennel sausage ...

Another Legendary Free Pizza Day!


Feb 27, 2017
By: Tomatina Topic: Events

On Saturday, February 25, the Tomatina team in Santa Rosa hosted another legendary Free Pizza Day at our newest restaurant at Montgomery Village in celebration of our first year there. Hundreds of Tomatina fans lined up for the chance to get a classic Tomatina cheese or pepperoni pizza along with co ...

At-Home Pizza Dough


Jan 11, 2017
By: Tomatina Topic: Recipes

2017 has officially begun! Save yourself some time during the week and pre-make pizza dough for quick and easy lunches or dinners that don’t come from a box, but are just as easy to take with you or pack in a school lunch. Makes 4 pizzas/10 ounce each Helpful hint: The dough works best if it’s prepa ...

Tomatina Hits the Mark in Santa Rosa


Dec 30, 2016
By: Tomatina Topic: Events

Thanks to Heather Irwin for including Tomatina in her 2016 round up of the biggest restaurant openings in Santa Rosa! Here is her original review of Tomatina in the BiteClub Eats blog: "Tomatina is exactly the kind of restaurant Santa Rosa needs right now. Not because there’s a celebrity chef or foi ...

Two Words: FREE PIZZA!


Nov 13, 2016
By: Tomatina Topic: Events

On Saturday, November 12, the Tomatina team hosted another legendary Free Pizza Day at our San Rafael restaurant at the Northgate Mall. Hundreds of Tomatina fans lined up for the chance to get a classic Tomatina cheese or pepperoni pizza along with coupons, t-shirts and stickers. We handed out more ...

Apples to Apples: Fall's Favorite Fruit


Oct 27, 2016

When we think of fall, two major ingredients come to mind: apples and pumpkins. Pumpkins tend to be in the spotlight, but one of our favorite November specials is also an apple salad, so we’re just as passionate about this fall staple as many of you are. We’ve compiled a few tips and tricks for how ...

The Value of Fresh


Sep 16, 2016
By: Tomatina Topic: Our Team

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016 we had the pleasure of visiting and touring the tomato farms at Stanislaus Food Products in Modesto, California. Executive Chef Rogelio Jacinto and our executive culinary team visited their vast tomato farms during the midst of harvesting season to witness their fresh ...

Our Signature Garlic Roll Recipe


Jul 30, 2016
By: Tomatina Topic: Menu | Recipes

Our garlic rolls have been a signature dish since we opened our doors in 1998.  We bake them fresh daily with with extra-virgin olive oil, oregano, Parmesan and chopped garlic and serve with our homemade marinara or ranch for dipping. Now you can make this award-winning appetizer at home! Tomatina’s ...

Now Serving Sandwiches!


Jun 01, 2016
By: Tomatina Topic: Menu

We're excited to introduce our new sandwich menu, now available at all Tomatina locations as part of our pick-two lunch menu. Try one of four fresh, seasonal sandwiches made with our homemade ciabatta that we bake in-house daily! Pair it with a cup of soup or a fresh salad and you've got a great lun ...

We're Serving Sandwiches!


Jun 01, 2016
By: Tomatina Topic: Menu

We're excited to introduce our new sandwich menu, now available at all Tomatina locations as part of our pick-two lunch menu. Try one of four fresh, seasonal sandwiches made with our homemade ciabatta that we bake in-house daily! Pair it with a cup of soup or a fresh salad and you've got a great lun ...

It's Asparagus Season


May 10, 2016

With asparagus season being notoriously short– peak-picking time is between late April and June– we went all in and created two months worth of asparagus filled specials to fill your every craving for the tasty veggie.  We’ve got a few tips and tricks for you when you dive into those asparagus frie ...

Now Open in Santa Rosa!


Feb 19, 2016
By: Tomatina Topic: Events

It's opening day at the newest Tomatina in the Montgomery Village Shopping Center! Run by General Manager Tish Caddell, with Head Chef Lucio Castaneda and his team in the kitchen, you can always count on Santa Rosa’s Tomatina for handcrafted Italian cuisine made from scratch with fresh, seasonal in ...

In The Kitchen With Chef Rogelio


Dec 07, 2015
By: Tomatina Topic: Our Team

Tomatina’s Executive Chef Rogelio Jacinto has helped to craft an extensive Italian menu that takes a modern approach to traditional Italian recipes. Chef Jacinto has been with Tomatina since its inception in 1998. He began his career in 1989 at the prestigious Tra Vigne Restaurant in St. Helena, Ca ...

At-Home Happy Hour


Nov 18, 2015
By: Tomatina Topic: Recipes

Have Happy Hour at any hour with our signature Basil Lime Martini. This Tomatina staple is just the thing to help you wind-down after a long day at work – or to wind-up for a night on the town. Let our experts show you how to put together the Basil Lime Martini in the comfort of your own home.  Ingr ...

It's Still Stone Fruit Season


Sep 03, 2015

With peaches being available throughout most of the U.S. between May and October, we only thought it fitting to create a September Special that features this summer-to-fall staple. If you take a look at the Specials menu for this month you might notice a continued trend in the fruit department (we’r ...