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Donato Enoteca in Redwood City to Showcase Recipes by Author Rosetta Costantino

Donato Enoteca in Redwood City will, on Thursday, January 16, offer a la carte dinner menu specials prepared by Chef Donato Scotti using recipes by Rosetta Costantino that are found in her two acclaimed cookbooks, MY CALABRIA: Rustic Family Cooking from Italy’s Undiscovered South and her recently published SOUTHERN ITALIAN DESSERTS: Rediscovering the Sweet Traditions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, and Sicily. Both books will be available for purchase that evening.

Main course dishes will include Pesce Spada Alla Ghiotta, swordfish “glutton’s style” with tomato, capers and olives, and cauliflower salad; Vrasciole Alla Verbicarese, stuffed pork rolls in tomato sauce Verbicaro style, and potatoes layered with artichokes; and Tiella D’agnello, baked lamb shoulder chops with artichokes, peas and breadcrumbs.

A popular Bay Area cooking teacher and author, Rosetta Costantino moved to California with her parents when she was 14. Her family kept their Calabrian traditions both in their garden and kitchen. After a successful Silicon Valley career, for the last several years Costantino, through her classes, culinary tours, and books, has shared her family’s stories, traditions and recipes.

Donato Enoteca's hallmarks are its contemporary Italian cuisine prepared using fresh, often locally sourced organic ingredients, plus Northern California's premier Italian wine list. The full bar offers classic cocktails, amaro and traditional Italian aperitivi and digestivi.

The design of Donato Enoteca engagingly blends rustic and contemporary elements. Notable components of the three-room space include recycled wood ceiling beams, floor-to-ceiling wooden wine storage cases, plush chocolate brown leather chairs, woven loom sofas in shades of crimson and amber, carpeted and stained concrete floors, and oversized framed mirrors. The main dining room seats 45. The adjacent the bar with 11 stools fronts the open kitchen and wood-burning oven. The room also opens out to a piazza-style heated patio with couches, chairs, privacy planters and umbrellas.

Chef Scotti opened Donato Enoteca in Redwood City, California, in 2009. He grew up in the small town of Bergamo in Italy and studied at the Instituto Alberghiero di San Pellegrino culinary school. He then moved to the United States and held positions of increasing responsibility at such restaurants as the legendary Valentino in Los Angeles and Il Fornaio in Sacramento. In 2004, Scotti designed and opened La Strada in Palo Alto, then Donato Enoteca, and subsequently Desco in Old Oakland in the summer of 2013.

Donato Enoteca is located at 1041 Middlefield Road, across from the Redwood City Library, in Redwood City, California. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information and to make reservations, also available through OpenTable.com, please visit www.donatoenoteca.com or call (650) 701-1000.

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