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Tuscany Review

Pleasant Italian restaurant with one of the nicer open, airy downtown Napa settings during the spring.

1005 First St.
Napa, CA

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Hours: 05:00 PM - 10:00 PM daily 

Tuscany food

One quibble I had was the bread and olive oil combination as the complimentary starter. Bread was ok, but all it came with was olive oil and tasted like it wasn't even extra virgin at that. Fine for cooking, but as a dipping component, it was low on flavor. Other Italian places in the area end up using at least more flavorful olive oil or end up adding a few extra components (balsamic vinegar, garlic, shallots, parmesan reggiano, etc.) to make it go better with the bread.

For appetizers, we've had the calamari which was ok but not particularly memorable. The flatbread with roasted garlic and cambozola was better though.

For entrees, our filet mignon was perfectly cooked and a great cut of meat. It came sitting on top of a colorful medley of green gnocchi and cherry tomatoes in a cheese (gorgonzola) sauce. The gnocchi and tomatoes combination were pretty good, but the sauce was a little sweet for my tastes, and I thought it took away from the primary components. We also had a shrimp and mussels pasta with a saffron cream sauce which was a good spring dish. It was light, good acidity, and great color with the yellow of the sauce, black mussels, and green basil.

Desserts aren't a strong point for Tuscany. If you're in the mood for something sweet and traditional (tiramisu, crème brulee, etc.), they'll work ok. But if you're not, you won't be missing much.

Tuscany settings and service

Tuscany has one of the nicer seating areas in downtown Napa, particularly during the nicer months of the year. The large wall windows facing the rest of downtown can be opened to basically make the eating area totally open. During the cooler (eg, spring and fall) months, the effect is nice although you have to remember that Tuscany is in downtown Napa. So, occasionally the nice meal is disrupted by some local kid with his pimped-out Japanese import with the booming hip-hop bass.

Inside, lots of earthy tones and wood for what looks like an small, old warehouse. Even the pipes and venting systems on the roof have a faux granite paint to it. The kitchen area is fairly open and visible from the dining area as well which adds a certain accessible feel to it when you can see the wood fire oven and the cooks although an elevated bar seating area does block the view from the chest down. With the windows open, it's a nice place to eat.

Service inside is overall fine. Friendly and competent for the most part. Admittedly, the first time we went to Tuscany, we were thoroughly unimpressed. We were new to the area, it wasn't tourist season, and it was on the late side. Although the waiter was fine, you could tell they were just waiting for to close the place up. I'd rather they refuse service than give us bad service (after all, Bouchon is open until midnight...) The first time around, the cooks botched our orders so that one of our dishes was left on the bar while the other dish cooked. The end result was that my wife's dish came in on the lukewarm, overcooked side as it sat and sat while my dish took an odd amount of time to be completed. My dish was fine. Hers wasn't. And we didn't go back for almost a year while we toured the other places. But subsequent visits have been much better.

Price of our meal

Appetizer, 2 glasses of wine, 2 entrees, 1 dessert (w/tax) : $90

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