I remembered Mama. Nearly forty years ago, while visiting friends in Cloverdale, we were all graciously welcomed, (they by their first names), on our entry to Virginia “Mama” Catelli’s bustling establishment. That same warmth, exuberance and good food awaits guests today, at Catelli’s in Geyserville.

Across from the jammed big wood bar, the sweet hostess is helping a foursome, without a reservation on a Saturday night, find seating. There are dinning tables across from the bar where three huge “windows” open to the large middle dinning room. The gracious and airy space includes a third, more private party dinning area and a seasonal patio.

Booth seating tables line the walls of the large middle room, which is anchored by a long wood family style seating table. Kathryn, our server brings a glass of Portalupi, 2013 Pinot Noir along with warm baguette accompanied by fresh sun-dried tomato butter. She points out their large portions and helps steer the two of us to sharing a couple of starters and the daily pasta special.

A toast to a living landmark, filled with great food, wine and warm surroundings.

CATELLI’S 21047 Geyserville Ave. Geyserville, CA 95441 (707) 857-3471

The complete review and be found HERE on the Sonoma County Gazette website.