Last week, while in Sonoma, I had the opportunity to visit and taste at a number of great wineries as well as to explore several new restaurants in the area. After tasting many noteworthy wines with Ron Washam of Quivira in Healdsburg, Ron recommended my friends and I cruise over to Diavola Pizzeria in Geyserville for dinner. Thank you, Ron! This turned out to be one of the most memorable highlights of the trip and I am still thinking about the kimchee with sirloin pizza… amazing!
We also enjoyed a vegetarian pizza which had local summer veggies and fresh mozzarella. This was also excellent but it didn’t impart the the same food-lust imprint on my brain as the kimchee version.
What we drank…
We started with a bottle of 2012 Sauvignon Blanc we had just purchased at Quivira. It went great on a hot day with appetizers. Then we shared a bottle of 2007 Guido Porro Borolo from their wine list to go with our pizzas. They waive the corkage on the first bottle if you purchase a wine from their list. Nice.
The secret to any great pizza begins with a super hot wood-burning oven. It’s impossible to get a bubbling crackly crispy rim without an oven that can reach temperatures higher than 600° F. In addition to awesome pizza, Diavola cures their own meats which I’m told are excellent. Next time I’m in Sonoma, I will come here at least once and give the charcuterie a try as well.