<MC>Restaurateur Rosen opens Campo Fina
Ari Rosen, chef/owner of Scopa on the Healdsburg Plaza, has opened a second restaurant just around the corner in the former Divine Affair space at 330 Healdsburg Ave.
Like Scopa, Campo Fina is shoehorned into a long, narrow space, but it opens up in the back to an airy European-style courtyard where you can play bocce and watch pizzas emerge from a wood-burning oven.
"It said &‘secret garden' — a place that transported you outside of the known spots of Healdsburg," Rosen said. "It demanded casual, sweet dining, like eating in your backyard."
With the help of executive chef Jamil Peden, formerly of Petite Syrah in Santa Rosa, Rosen has crafted a menu of small plates inspired by Italian meals where dishes are passed around the table family-style.
"I'm really excited about what each of us is bringing to the table," Rosen said. "The cuisine is a mix of Italian from a rustic right hand and a more refined left hand."
In Italian, Campo means field and Fina means fine, as in elegant. The name is a tribute to Rosen and his wife Dawnelise's 2-year-old daughter, Serafina.
The menu includes Cichetti (little bites) such as Castelvetrano Olives ($5.50) and Honey Roasted Carrots ($6.50) and Antipasti such as Chicken Liver Pat?with Peaches Agrodolce ($8.50) and Grilled Swordfish Spiedini with Roasted Cauliflower ($10.50).
Pizzas range from the classic Margherita with fresh mozzarella ($12.50) to Pizza Pork Belly with Smoked Bufala Mozzarella, Red Onion and Braised Pork Belly ($16.50).