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“For “old-fashioned family and date-night Italian”, this “quirky, popular” Napa spot is a “bargain” – especially with “live jazz” Wednesday-Sunday; while new owners leave some fretting that “the menu is similar but not as good”, loyal “locals” savor the wine selection, generous BYO policy (no corkage on the first bottle) and “friendly” atmosphere.”
Napa Valley Marketplace Magazine Restaurant Review April 2010
"We were joined on a recent evening by our pal Andrea Schrader for a wonderful dinner at Uva Trattoria and Bar. We recommend Uva for lunch or dinner anytime. It’s the perfect place to take your best friend, your sweetheart or the kids and in-laws for lunch or dinner.
For we locals, our favorite game at Uva is “Can you name the celebrities from the late 1800’s to the 1990’s in the more than 700 photos on the walls?” At Uva you can enjoy authentic Italian food and interesting wines while sitting next to a 1920’s photo of Rudolph Valentino; the 1946 San Francisco 49rs (were they winning then?); a 1920’s class photo of Napa High School’s Senior Class; the young and beautiful 1950 version of Sophia Loren; and a photo of Perry Como and Dean Martin lovingly given to Uva from Perry Como’s son who lives in Napa. Where else can you do that? Uva has it all!....."
2010 BEST OF NAPA & SONOMA
"Uva Trattoria & Bar has been many things to many people; a jazz superclub, a family-friendly neighborhood trattoria. They offer live jazz five nights a week along with creative tasty, seasonal, soul-satisfying meals."
8th Annual Most Intriguing People in Napa Valley
It could easily be the new hottest sitcom on ABC's fall lineup; four successful young hip restaurateurs who juggle the day-to-day ins and outs of running a successful restaurant in a small exclusive community.
Fred Corona (Proprietor, Taqueria Rosita), Aaron Diaz (Proprietor, Uva Trattoria), Justin Graffigna (General Manager, Fume Bistro) and Baris Yildiz (Co-Owner, Ristorante Allegria) all share an amazing friendship. Likewise, they all also share a passion for food, wine and paramount service.
Similar daily responsibilities, stresses and inside jokes bond these outstanding guys. Each interacts on most days with hundreds of Napa locals and tourist at their restaurants and each interaction provides them an opportunity to showcase their own unique qualities as the most intriguing restaurateurs in Napa Valley.
After graduating from UNLV with a degree in Hospitality Management, Fred returned home to run his family-owned restaurant, Taqueria Rosita. One of the Napa’s most popular Mexican restaurants, Taqueria Rosita was started in 1982 by Fred’s family. Instead of taking the professional corporate route Fred took great pride in continuing what his parents started and has over the years expanded the business while also keeping many loyal customers happy. Fred says that’s his main goal “making people happy.”
Aaron Diaz is also a Napa native, who has honed his brilliant restaurant skills at Piatti, Don Giovanni’s, Cuvve and now as the new proprietor of Uva Trattoria. Mentored by fellow restaurateur Giovanni Scala, owner of Bistro Don Giovanni, Aaron started his career as a busser at the age of Seventeen and twenty-two years later humbly says “he feels blessed” to still be working in an industry he loves. Being tenacious and dedicated has allowed Aaron to climb to the top of his game in a town where many fail.
With similar career roots to Aaron, Justin Graffigna has successfully managed Fume Bistro for close to seven years along with previously running Piatti, Celadon, Bistro Don Giovanni and Scala’s Bistro in San Francisco. Justin takes pleasure in creating a comfortable warm environment for his customers and takes that approach at home as well, often hosting the guys over for a dinner he thoughtfully prepared.
Newcomer Baris Yildiz, co-owner of Ristorante Allegria with his brother Rodi Yildiz, started working at his family’s restaurant in Turkey where he was raised, and eventually came to America to work in his Uncle’s restaurant in the Bay Area at the age of Eighteen. Absorbing and learning all that he could, including English, Baris soon found success. His hard-work ethic and exceptional customer service has made Allegria, and Baris adored by many.
Occasionally after downtown Napa has closed down you will find all four guys sitting around a table in one of their closed restaurants playing poker savoring a hard-earned cocktail. Even on their days off, and despite Fred’s golf obsession and Justin’s growing family, this fouresome is usually playing a round of golf, traveling to a sunny hotspot or enjoying their long-established weekly meal together. They are four intriguing guys exemplifying friendship at its best.
“Whether for “a sit-down dinner” or “nibbling” at the “busy bar” with a “well-made” cocktail or wine from the “extensive” list, this “hopping” Napa Italian “pleases any palate” with the “amazing” “fresh” fare from chef Giovanni Guerrera; add in “live music” (Wednesday–Sunday with no cover) and staffers who “make you feel like family” and it explains why it’s a “favorite of locals.”