Canneti to open in Forestville

“Roadhouse Italiana” is how Chef Francesco Torre describes his forthcoming Forestville restaurant, Canneti.

Currently Executive Chef for Fish Restaurant in Sausalito, the Tuscan native has worked in critically-acclaimed restaurants from Italy and NYC to Napa and the North Bay. Taking inspiration from his homeland, along with a new-found passion for regional American cooking, the menu will revolve around local produce, cheeses and meats along with homemade pastas, salumi and pizzas. And good, strong espresso. “An Italian cannot live without good coffee,” Torre said.

He hopes to open in late August or September, taking advantage of the much-ballyhooed back patio of the former Mosaic Restaurant (which closed in 2010).  The interior bar will be demolished to expand the kitchen.

It’s good news, the recent closures of Aioli Deli and Sarah’s Forestville Kitchen in Forestville, leaving some big openings in the Green Valley dining scene.

And the name? The restaurant takes its name from the Via de Canneti, a road Torre traveled to school as a child. “It reminds me of home,” said Torre.

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  1. I (& others) had posted some comments here relating to RRV/Corks imminent demise, but they were deleted in favor of the above “PR” piece.

    Today’s News is this:

    Bankruptcy trustee August B. Landis has recommended that the Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings for and Russian River Vineyards be converted to Chapter 7 liquidation.

    A hearing on the motion has been scheduled for 10 a.m., July 13 at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Rosa.

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    • Thanks Lee. I actually deleted the comments for a reason that had nothing to do with “PR”. There had been no actual bankruptcy filings that I had located at that point, so it was hearsay. I have an obligation to delete comments (that I am aware of) that can be seen as libelous, regardless of whether I think the comment has merit. Also, if I remember correctly, the comments were aimed at Corks Restaurant, which at this point — at least according to the documentation — is operating outside of the restructuring, despite the fact that it is owned by the same individuals.

      I’m glad you followed up on the post. This is what makes BiteClub what it is…community members sharing information.

      If you want more information, Here is a link to the PD article. The article you referred to is not available to people who don’t subscribe to that news outlet.

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      • re: There had been no actual bankruptcy filings that I had located at that point, so it was hearsay.

        Here is an article in the PD discussing local bankruptcies, from Feb 2012.

        http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120214/BUSINESS/120219751?p=all&tc=pgall

        Notable bankruptcies last year included Santa Rosa-based homebuilder Pinnacle Homes, Windsor Town Green developer Orrin Thiessen, Santa Rosa furniture retailer Cokas Diko, Forestville’s Russian River Vineyards winery and restaurant ,,,,,

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  2. Actually, Corks @ Russian River Vineyards is doing great!
    I welcome Canneti to the neighborhood and would encourage all Corks Regulars to do the same. We supported Mosaic when they were in business and will support any local business that encourages guests to travel our not so far away location in little Forestville! Welcome Canneti, I can’t wait to try your food!
    Todd Davies
    Executive Chef
    Corks Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards

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    • And now Todd is out too……Good for you!

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  3. Francesco:
    Thank you for making a personal visit to introduce yourself to us and the downtown business owners. We welcome new business in Forestville, especially the new Canneti restaurant, and with an exceptionally nationally known Chef as yourself.

    Congratulations on your choice of location. We hope you will enjoy our community and we look forward to breaking bread and sharing your wine selections with all of us. We know you will be a great success!

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  4. Awesome. I do miss Mosiac though. Tai was/is an amazing chef. But life goes on. Good luck!

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  5. Ciao
    Thank you for your positive comments! Yes, there is a fireplace.Canneti is going to be like home for everyone, the food genuine. I will do my best to support my new community and to satisfy your appetites.

    Francesco

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  6. Good news that the open building will be used-Italian sounds good- Lets hope the prices are reasonable enough so the local folks can enjoy it as well.

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  7. Yay! Been waiting for something to go in there for a long time. It is a lovely backyard space. Maybe they’ll put a bar out there, (Ravenous style) perhaps a little live music on weekends? Does anyone recall if they have a wood-fired oven on the property?

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  8. What wonderful news!! We need a rustic Italian restaurant in Forestville. Hopefully it will surpass our wildest dreams and become a favorite!! Good luck Francesco.

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