Nocciola, a stellar restaurant and wine list in small-town California

nocciola restaurant ojai

Great food and wine isn’t limited to America’s big cities any more.

Nocciola just blew us a way when we check out its food photography.

We were thrilled to learn that our wine is now being served at this wonderful restaurant in Ojai, California. Just have a look for yourself at the restaurant’s website and we know you’ll be impressed as much as are by the quality of the ingredients and the precision of execution.

But what’s more striking is how thoughtful the menu is. Even the name of the venue itself, which means hazelnut in Italian, is a reflection of the heart, soul, and passion that the owners and chef have put into this labor of love.

According to the Wikipedia entry for this beautiful California city in Venura County, Ojai has roughly 7,500 residents. A pretty small town, by any American standard.

It wasn’t so long ago that you had to visit America’s major urban centers — New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — to find truly great cooking and truly great wine lists. But today, even small towns like this one have been genuine culinary meccas.

We were equally impressed by the superb wine list, which has one of the best sparkling sections. The list is tight and tidy but every wine on it is a winner. And wow, what great company for our bubbles, including favorite Franciacorta and Champagne.

We can’t recommend it enough to you and we are so psyched that our wine made it on the list at this truly stand-out restaurant on the California coast. Even 20 years ago, no one would have thought that you would find cooking like this in such a small town.

It’s great to be part of this food and wine revolution and renaissance!

restaurant website
314 El Paseo Rd.
Ojai CA 93023
(805) 640-1648
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