Pushback Dinner Series: Pistos

Pete Mrabe of Don Pistos recently opened his newest culinary creation, Pistos, and celebrated by hosting the third Pushback Dinner Series event (you can read about the first two here and here).

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



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