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“Hands down one of the best meals, Italian or otherwise...”
Review of Catelli's

Ranked #2 of 11 Restaurants in Geyserville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Catelli's is a landmark, third generation restaurant located in the heart of Sonoma County between the breathtaking hills of Dry Creek and Alexander Valley Catelli's was originally opened in Geyserville around 1936 by Italian immigrants Santi and Virginia Catelli. The restaurant was originally known as Catelli's "The Rex" (the "king" as translated from Latin). Third generation Catellis and siblings, Domenica and Nicholas Catelli, are now co-owners. Located in Geyserville in Sonoma County, the menu highlights ingredients from local and organic farmers as well as over 100 local wines. Led by executive chef, author, and media personality, Domenica Catelli, original items such as handmade ravioli are paired with new bright creations such as "The Pasta of the Moment." Catelli's has a rich history with the local community, where generations of families have eaten, celebrated, and created memories throughout their lives.
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Learned about this place from FoodNetwork, Triple D, planned to stop by on next visit home to the Bay Area. Stopped in for lunch mid-week with a friend. Beautiful drive from Marin, very scenic, orchards dotted the landscape. The town, Geyserville is all of 2-3 blocks long. Quaint shops, hardware store, other restaurants scattered here and there. Catelli's is in a very unassuming building. But once you enter the doors, you know you are in a place that takes the entire dining experience seriously. The decor reminds me of a mix of Tuscan with a bit of California flair. Very open, inviting and comfortable. Now, let's talk about the food....

I started with a cocktail to give me time to peruse the menu. The Lavender Drop was captivating and refreshing. Organic vodka, with a lavender simple syrup and lemon. Next, I ordered the Catelli's Ravioli, with Garlic Bread. The Garlic Bread was fresh baked goodness with the perfect balance of butter and garlic. The delicate pasta pillows were enclosed a well seasoned 3-meat unbelievably delectable filling. My guess part beef, pork and veal. Don't know the spices, don't care --- it was AWESOME!!! The butter garlic sauce was delicate yet full flavored. To go along with my meal I had the Rose of Pinot Noir, Buncher Vineyard, Russian River. The wine was the perfect complement to the pasta. Perfection. Period.

My friend ordered Domenica's sauce, organic tomato, garlic, EVOO with a touch of spice, over pasta. We shared the Garlic Bread. She was very happy. We both left with utter satisfaction and a vow to return to this gem of a place.

Service was spot-on. Restroom was impeccably clean. Parking on street. If it gets busy, could be just a short walk. Outdoor dining looked heavenly, but it was a warm day and we chose to sit inside.

This is a place not to be missed in Sonoma County!!! You just gotta go!!

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Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

Walk out to the patio and it's an Alice in Wonderland experience. (You'll see). The food and service add to the delight.
Appetizers: sliders with the marinara sauce are a don't miss. Buratta (which is on nearly every menus out here these days) was quite good.
Salads: the Caesar was very good. Entres: Lasagna pasta was paper thin and handmade with Richard's sauce and garlic bread that was to die for.
Hangar steak off the seasonal menu was very good but "medium rare" was rare.

Thank Rta2311
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

I visited Catellis when it was Catellis the Rex. Then it moved to Healdsburg and then it closed. That was a sad day for me since I love authentic Italian food cooked from the heart. Then one day watching Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives low and behold their was Catellis back in their original location run by the brother and sister third generation Catellis. I love the food and their wine. You must try their meat balls with their fabulous red sauce but any of their dishes are outstanding. Fresh ingredients treated with respect and care. Going back in 3 days and salivating already. Genuine Italian food made by genuine people.

Thank Greg M
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Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

Delicious pasta, good wine and great friends. Four of us enjoyed ravioli (me) lasagna (Cathi) and Steve & Casey ate their special gluten free pastas and breads. What more does a group need?

Thank TimeTraveler041847
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

One of the best Italian meals I've eaten! You can tell the food is made fresh. There were 4 in our party and all the meals were fabulous. My favorite was the lasagna. The noodles were paper thin and the sauce was delicious. Also save room for the molten chocolate cake. Incredible! They also have a nice wine list.

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Thank KendraS81
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