Chef-owner John Franchetti and co-owner Kevin Cronin have opened their third Rosso restaurant, Rosso Rosticceria + Eventi, in the former Sassafras restaurant space at 1229 N. Dutton Ave.
The casual restaurant, inspired by the tradition of Italian street food, serves breakfast, lunch and happy hour food. It is currently open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
The early morning menu includes pastries, Rotisserie Hash, Farm Fresh Frittata and a Breakfast Sandwich.
From late morning on, guests can choose from a wide range of small plates, fresh salads, sandwiches and big plates that range from Rotisserie Porchetta to Lamb Rosticcini.
There is also a selection of thin-crust pizzas and piadines (salads wrapped in pizza crust), with a choice of meat, greens and roasted veggie toppings. Individual, gluten-free pizzas are also available.
Craft beers, local and Italian wines make up the restaurant's "Old World Medicine" list. Taylor Maid iced tea and housemade cucumber/mint lemonade round out the refreshments.
The spacious dining room, which boasts a big-screen TV, ping-pong table and lounge seating, can also be rented for private parties in the evenings.
Next month, the restaurant will open on select evenings for special winemaker dinners, Italian-style family dinners and other celebrations.
A family-style dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and a winemaker dinner will be held 6:30 p.m. June 11. Soccer fans won't want to miss the World Cup Kick-off party on June 20.
Rosso on Dutton also serves as the company's catering kitchen, with special menus available for morning, lunch and "anytime" meetings. 526-1229.
<strong>SONOMA COUNTY: Metes & Bounds al fresco dinners</strong>
Metes & Bounds, a portable catering kitchen based in Petaluma, has launched a series of summer dinners set amid the fertile fields and vineyards of Sonoma County.
Led by chef Heath Thomson and sommelier Drew Duggan, the Metes & Bounds team takes the table back to the farm in an effort to meld fine dining with an al fresco picnic.
The team cooks each meal onsite, using a refurbished school bus and a versatile griller/smoker.
The team, which also includes sous chef Kingsley Fuller and cook Alicia Deal, has experience at some of the country's best restaurants, from Spruce and Boulette's Larder in San Francisco to the Herbfarm in Washington state.
Upcoming dinners include a Community Farm Dinner at Bernier Farms in the Alexander Valley at 5:30 p.m. Sunday; a Community Farm Dinner at Tierra Vegetables in Santa Rosa at 5:30 p.m. June 7; a Solstice Winemaker's Soiree at Porter Creek in Healdsburg at 6 p.m. June 19; and a Winemaker Dinner at Copain Wines in Healdsburg at 5:30 p.m. June 28.
Dinners cost between $175 and $225. To reserve, go to <a href="http://metesandbounds.co" target="_blank">metesandbounds.co</a>.
<strong>HEALDSBURG: Vineyard meals planned at J</strong>
J Vineyard has scheduled an al fresco dinner series this summer set amid the winery's estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley.
Led by winemaker Melissa Stackhouse, the dinners include five courses of locally sourced cuisine prepared by J executive chef Erik Johnson and include education about J estate vineyard soils, trellising and sustainable practices.
The dinners kick off June 14 at the Tear Drop Vineyard, then move to Nicole's Vineyard on July 19, the Bow Tie Vineyard on Aug. 16 and the Robert Thomas Vineyards on Sept. 13.