Tomatina Hits the Mark in Santa Rosa
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 foie gras or a secret menu only hipsters know about, but because it’s just what it is — good, approachable Italian-American cuisine at reasonable prices.
Describing itself as “fresh Italian”, Tomatina’s menu takes inspiration from Italy but gives it a lighter California twist.
Part of a Northern California chain of restaurants around since the late 1990s, Tomatina has already worked out the menu kinks and staffing, focusing instead on a lengthy menu of modern pizzas, pasta, “piadine” (think pizza crust with a salad on top) and familiar entrees (chicken picatta, spaghetti and meatballs). The restaurant’s’ executive chef, Rogelio Jacinto1 is a Tra Vigne alum who creates monthly specials like pizza with roasted cauliflower, pancetta and arugula."