Thursday, February 17, 2011

Napa Valley Sculptures • Bistro Don Giovanni

Susan treated me to a day up in Napa Valley for Valentine's Day. It was a wet and gray day, but that has never stopped us from enjoying our adventures. Napa Valley is not just for wine lovers - and we do love our wine. The vineyards are beautiful at all times of the year. The area also has some interesting shopping, including  antique and specialty stores, especially in Yountville and St. Helena. In fact the Dean & Delucca store in St. Helena alone is worth the trip.

But we always enjoy having lunch at Bistro Don Giovanni, just off Highway 29 outside of Napa town. Not only is the food delicious, but the ambiance is a feast for the eyes as well. The Tuscan style restaurant is cozy. The diner is welcomed with a large, over-the-top floral arrangement near the entry and bar. Inside there are a number of smaller sculptures, including an over-sized light bulb above one of the corner tables. But grab yourself a table near the window, or outside on the patio if weather permits, and enjoy the back garden area with its soaring acrobatic sculpture above the fountain. There is also a wonderful, whimsical wine drinker sculpted from metal rods in front of the restaurant, and an 8-foot tall lever corkscrew greeting you at the entrance to the dining room.

Bistro Don Giovanni is located at 4110 Howard Lane, Napa, CA 94558 (707) 224-3300

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