Santa Rosa, California, July 12, 2012—WE WERE OUT AGAIN tonight, third night running: movie, opera, movie. And a bite with a couple of old friends before the movie, to save time otherwise spent shopping, cooking, etc., etc. — because, as you'll soon see here, we hit the road tomorrow.
I warmed up with a not-Caesar salad. It's listed on the menu as "hearts of romaine with garlic croutons and Parmesan dressing": it lacks anchovies and raw egg, so it's no Caesar, maybe a Cesariot, if you know your Pagnol. Still, a refreshing salad; and afterward a pizza with tomato sauce, grated cheese, prosciutto, a couple of eggs sunny side up, and a few stalks of delicious thin asparagus. This joint is celebrated locally for its pizza: I thought it a little heavy and undercooked, but I'd go back for another one of these days.
Sauvignon blanc: Whitehaven, Marlborough (New Zealand), 2010: fresh, grassy, dry, pleasant• Monti's Rotisserie & Bar, 714 Village Court, Santa Rosa; 707.568.4404