Sonoma, CA


Valley of the moon Winery food offerings and wine pairings are created by Chef Sam Badolato, who infuses his Northern California cuisine with flavor notes from his Sicilian roots. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Chef Badolato brings to his new role more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience, including stints in Amalfi Italy and Calabrian towns.As well as roles as chef-owner of restaurants ranging from casual pizzerias to formal dining, most recently at Bado's Cucina, where his wood-oven cuisine earned numerous culinary awards and recognitions. Chef Badolato trained on wood oven cooking in Italy, then gained experience as a private chef in Italian homes in Calabria, where he perfected his knowledge of the true Italian meal. Making his mark in Sonoma County, Chef Badolato is the 2017 Chowder Day Champion of Bodega Bay, winning the award for “Best Recipe for chowder,” and is a five-time winner of the award for best wine-and-cheese pairings. Most recently a finalist on Food Networks “Chopped.” “Few places in the world offer the opportunities to pair local wines with local ingredients, and nowhere is there more to work with than in Sonoma,” said Chef Badolato. “The availability of such artfully crafted wines and locally sourced ingredients is a chef’s dream come true.”