Unlike the two previous dinners, Mrabe was the sole chef, offering five dishes that will likely make it onto the Pistos menu – one which, we learned, will be constantly changing based on ingredients, season and whatever else Mrabe decides is Pisto-worthy. The first course was a clam ceviche, served in-shell and on ice. Other highlights from the menu were the seafood stew and the braised short ribs with guacamole – if I can make a personal request, I’d like this to become a permanent item on the Pistos’s menu. I’m a total sucker for just about anything braised and slow cooked…throw in ribs and I will probably never say no.
Frias Family Vineyards, a Saint Helena based winery, and of course, Pushback Wines, partnered up to provide guests with a variety of wines, ranging from Pushback’s widely popular Sauvignon Blanc (thank you, Don Pistos) to a Syrah, Rose and Pinot Noir. Almost always a fan of pinot, I’d take another glass of the Aiden 2011 but the Frias red blend (2009) was also a favorite of the night.
Located in what used to be Nico’s Tacos, a whole two blocks from the original Don Pistos, locals will have no problem finding the new restaurant. Snagging a spot, however, may be a different issue as they only offer reservations to a select number of people.
1310 Grant Avenue
Frias Family Vineyards
3001 Saint Helena Hwy North
Saint Helena, CA 94574