Aventine Glen Ellen at Sonoma Valley Village opens on June 24

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The newest fine dining restaurant in Glen Ellen is set to open June 24, 2014. Chef Adolfo Veronese will open Aventine Glen Ellen in the revered 170-year-old Gristmill in Jack London Village. Chef Veronese will be serving his popular, modern interpretation of classic Italian dishes like Gamberoni – Sautéed prosciutto wrapped jumbo shrimp, with sage and a balsamic glaze; Aventino – A meatball stuffed with mozzarella, basil pesto, golden raisins, and soft polenta; and Short Rib – Slow roasted boneless short ribs, red kuri squash puree, pomegranate agrodolce, and fried ribbons of celery root.

In addition, Aventine Glen Ellen will offer a selection of custom pizzas from the wood-fired pizza oven, special daily risottos and Wine Country farm-to-table creations. It has a full-service bar and on-site micro-brewery offering its own proprietary beers. Aventine Glen Ellen also hosts a Happy Hour from 4 PM to 7 PM Monday through Friday. The Happy Hour features a special “Bar Bites Menu” along with selected cocktails and wines by the glass for just $7 and $4 beers.

Aventine Glen Ellen will be the third location for Chef Veronese and his brother Gian-Paolo (both are the children of Angela Alioto and respected restaurateur Adolfo Sr. of Osteria Romano fame.) Along with partner Rodrigo Nevado, the group founded the wildly popular Taverna Aventine in 2007 in San Francisco. In 2012 they opened Aventine Hollywood and quickly became the talk of the town. For their third venture, the Aventine team chose a more rural location. Aventine Glen Ellen will be their first foray into Wine Country.

Gian-Paolo remembers visiting the Gristmill building as a child and being told of the history of the building. “We could not be happier and more honored to respectfully bring this beautiful building back to life,” he said. “Our goal is to bring the ambience of an old-time Roman Osteria with its convivial essence of Italian cooking with a tip of the hat to the Gold Rush/Barbary Coast days of this region. We want to invoke the tranquil beauty of Wine County, and the bustling energy of the past history in this special building, in a way that makes everyone feel welcome and like familia.”

Aventine plans to take the farm-to-table concept to another level. Not only will they purchase products from local producers, but they will have their own gardens for produce. Aventine Glen Ellen will establish a micro-brewery on site to produce their own proprietary beers. Plans call for an impressive wine list that features local Sonoma and Napa wines along with a heavy dose of Italian, and a smattering of wines from around the world. Keeping with their passion for locally produced products, the Veronese brothers will feature Augustus Pinot Noir, produced by their brother Joe from grapes on his Sonoma Carneros vineyard.

The Gristmill that will house Aventine Glen Ellen is one of the oldest buildings in the area. Dating back to 1830’s when it was built by General Vallejo, the building started as a saw mill before being converted into a gristmill. The Gristmill water wheel, which is over 40 feet high, still stands and works today. Then in the 1850’s it was purchased by Joshua Chauvet from the General and amongst other things he made it one of the first wineries in the region. It is also known that Jack London wrote many pieces of his work in the top floor of the building. In the 1960s Janis Joplin frequented the building when it operated as an entertainment center. “We were ecstatic to find this spectacular, historical building. It has alcoves, different levels and terraces, all of which are right up our alley. The location, nestled next to Sonoma Creek, is breathtaking and creates a tranquil setting—perfect for any kind of private event.”

Aventine Glen Ellen, from the partners who created the wildly popular Taverna Aventine in San Francisco and Aventine Hollywood, is the newest fine dining and entertainment hot spot in Wine Country. Aventine Glen Ellen is located at 14301 Arnold Dr. Glen Ellen, CA in the historic Jack London Village. Aventine Glen Ellen will feature a modern take on classic Italian food prepared by Chef Adolfo Veronese. It will have an on-site brewery, full bar and live music. It has private rooms and beautiful terraces available for banquets, private parties and weddings. Aventine Glen Ellen will be open for dinner six days a week from 4 PM to 10 PM with Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 4 PM to 7 PM. Additional Brunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM. Closed on Mondays. For information or to make reservations please call (707) 934-8911. If you prefer, you can email us at info@aventinehospitality.com

Further information is available on our website www.aventineglenellen.com

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