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Zazu Restaurant & Farm, Santa Rosa

3535 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa , California
Tel: 707 523 4814's insider take:

Husband-and-wife team John Stewart and Duskie Estes have created a little Shangri-la in western County Sonoma with their country-style Italian roadhouse. In the tradition of cucina rustica, simply made dishes let the top-notch ingredients speak for themselves. And what ingredients they are. Taking the farm-to-table, seasonal-regional trend to new heights, Stewart breeds heirloom pigs for his succulent house-made salumi and bacon; Estes raises chickens on scraps of leftover Zazu cornbread and uses the eggs in homemade pasta. Produce (organic, of course) comes from the outdoor garden, where guests can even pick their own salads, if they like. If you can't score one of the copper-topped tables in the plank-floored dining room, snag a seat at the counter and rub shoulders with local winemakers. On Sundays, there's an excellent farm brunch that incorporates fresh eggs and house-made bacon—a true California locavore experience.—John A. Vlahides

Open Wednesdays through Mondays from 5:30 pm, Sundays 9 am to 2:30 pm.

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