By Deirdre Bourdet
The glorious Napa Valley summer has arrived, bringing day after day of
perfect sunshine, and a compulsive, irresistible urge to lunch al
fresco. Downtown Yountville offers one of the highest concentrations of
outdoor dining spots in the whole valley, all within an easy walk of
one another, and all with their own brand of wine country charm.
At the north end of Washington Street, the Hotel Luca's
Italianate stone archway opens onto a serene courtyard patio with
fountains, lounge seating, and the delightful Cantinetta
. Seasonal ingredients, house-cured charcuterie, and rustic
lusty flavors capture the spirit of Tuscany with a California accent.
The restaurant's courtyard facing walls open up entirely to the balmy
air, allowing even those seated inside to enjoy the weather, while
well-placed umbrellas by the terrace tables offer courtyard diners shade
from the often searing sun. To celebrate the arrival of their full bar
license, and the indulgent noshing time between lunch and dinner, the
restaurant is now offering a Margarita and Margherita promotion.
Between 4 and 6 p.m. during the week, buy any cocktail you like from the
bar and score a gorgeous, thin-crust margherita pizza for only $5.
Yes, and yes.