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The Osteria at Domenico Winery is a playful eatery and bar, drawing inspiration from an aspiring post-war Italy, where street cafes were brimming with life and passion. Keeping up with the tradition of Italian Osterie, we offer timeless fare like chiccetti (small plates), pizza, casual bites, wine, and espresso. We also have to-go bites like sandwiches and paninis for those on their lunch break. Join us for lunch, dinner, or happy hour five days a week.

 

SOFT OPENING – JULY 20TH

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Local Ingredients
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Quality Wine
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Genuine Service
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Scratch Cooking
The Space

Set against a black and white interior that evokes the spirit of 1950’s Italy, the Osteria features an open view kitchen, burnished concrete walls, and Calacatta marble wine bar, conjuring feelings of nostalgia lifted from an Italian postcard. This bright eatery, where vintage style meets contemporary spirit, sits apart from the rest with its simple sophistication and old fashioned character. We are a counter-service restaurant, so please stop by the cashier to order your food before taking a seat. If you’re visiting us for a wine tasting, to buy bottles, to become a VIP Wine Club member, or to make a Wine Club pickup, you can head straight to the wine bar.

The Menu

The inspiration for our restaurant comes from the owners’ (Dominick and Gloria Chirichillo) Italian heritage and an upbringing centered around family, food, and wine. After 15+ years of making wine at their San Carlos winery, the Chirichillos passion for food was reignited while touring the Italian countryside, spending afternoons sipping and dining in picturesque Osterie.

By using these memories as a guide, Chef de Cuisine, John Goulette, has developed a menu based on what Osterie traditionally offered: clean, simple cuisine that utilizes local ingredients and showcases regional specialties as often as possible (all while complimenting the wine, of course). To do this, we have built relationships with some of the best farmers and purveyors in the Bay Area. We’re blessed to be able to access some of the best ingredients in the nation with ease, and do not intend to take that for granted.

 

In addition to our larger plates, we are proud to offer an array of Cicchetti (also sometimes spelled “cichetti” or called “cicheti”), which are small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional osterie. Similar to Spanish tapas, you can enjoy a light meal of cichetti with a glass of wine, or choose to make a meal out of multiple plates. Cicchetti are generally enjoyed in social settings, with fingers or toothpicks, and can be eaten all day long. These small plates are usually accompanied by a small glass of local white wine, referred to as an “ombra” (shadow in Italian).

Our Wines

Domenico Winery is a family owned and operated boutique winery in San Carlos, CA, the heart of the SF Peninsula. We specialize in Cal-Italia and New World varietals, source grapes from all over northern California, grow Primitivo and Syrah in Amador County, and have been making award-winning wine for over 20 years. Visit here to learn about all of the wines we make.

Throughout Italy, there are many neighborhood wine cantinas where customers refill their bottles with local wines and bring it home for consumption. In similar spirit, Domenico Winery is now offering a new way to enjoy our wines on premise or at home through our environmentally-friendly Vino Locali wine refill program.

Purchase one of our resealable Bormioli Rocco Italian Glass Bottle and fill it with our rotating selection of wines on tap at a discounted rate. Enjoy your wine on or off premises, and bring the bottle back for refills as often as you like!

About the Wine Club

Domenico Winery offers three wine clubs for fans of Cal-Italia wines: Rosso è Rosso (Red & Red), Rosso è Bianco (Red & White), or Bianco è Bianco (White & White) in increments of 3, 6, or 9 bottles per quarterly shipment. Click here to learn more and sign up.

What is an Osteria?

An Osteria (pl. Osterie) is the most casual of the three main types of dining establishments in Italy. Throughout history, Osterie have molded themselves to be whatever the community needed them to be. For some, an Osteria is a spot to have a casual bite with a friend. For others, it could be a place to unwind with a glass of wine after work.  For many, the neighborhood Osteria is a go-to spot for lunch or dinner that they trust will always offer high quality food and wine in an approachable setting. In earlier times, an Osteria’s menu was centered around wine – but in modern days the focus has shifted to a small, but rich food menu that emphasizes local specialties and ingredients. When you think of California’s Farm to Table movement, it is clear how an Osteria can seamlessly merge with the modern diner’s tastes and dining preferences.

OUR MENU

  • Fritto Misto

    Squash blossoms, ricotta, meyer lemons, zucchini, aioli
  • Broccoli Rabe

    Housemade fennel sausage, cannellini beans, white wine
  • Meatballs

    Housemade pork and beef meatballs, tomato sauce, housemade ricotta, basil, grilled bread
  • Burrata

    With charred peaches, cherries, raspberry gastrique, basil
  • Crudo

    Mt. Lassen trout, orange jus, ginger, Fresno chili, mint, sweet onions, mint, lemon basil
  • Olives

    Extra virgin olive oil, herb and citrus marinated Castelvetrano olives
  • Formaggi and Charcuteria plate

    Garnished with grissini, tomato jam, pickled vegetables, gremolata, candied pecans, grilled bread, whole grain mustard, honey comb
  • Calamari

    Semolina Fried Squid, chili-meyer lemon aioli, fresh tomato sauce
  • Fries

    House cut fries with herbs and garlic aioli
  • Caesar Salad

    Romaine, parmesan, focaccia croutons, soft poached egg, anchovy
  • Spinach Salad

    Grilled peaches, cherry vinaigrette, Gorgonzola, bacon
  • Kale Salad

    Strawberries, red quinoa, goat cheese, candied pecans, balsamic vinaigrette
  • Margherita Pizza

    Fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil
  • Regina Margherita

    Stracciatella, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil, roasted garlic, heirloom cherry tomatoes, parmesan, olive oil
  • Salsiccia Pizza

    Housemade fennel sausage, fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, roasted garlic
  • Jersey Girl Pizza

    Fresh mozzarella, pecorino romano, housemade ricotta, broccolini, oregano, rosemary, olive oil
  • Cal-Italia Pizza

    San Daniele prosciutto, shaved asiago, mozzarella, gorgonzola, fig jam, lemon asil, fresh figs marinated in aged balsamic
  • Truffle Pizza

    Black truffle purée, wild mushrooms, stracciatella, pecorino romano, shaved parmesan
  • Italian (panini)

    Ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, vinegar, coppa, olive oil, tomato, lettuce, pepperoni, red onion
  • Caprese Sandwich

    Focaccia bread, mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, basil, balsamic
  • Turkey and Brie Sandwich

    Fig jam, grilled peaches, brie, red onion, turkey, arugula
  • Prosciutto

    Baguette, San Daniel prosciutto, stracciatella, aged balsamic, olive oil, arugula