Did you know there was a new wine bar in Los Gatos? Me neither… okay, well it’s almost a year old but still fairly new. A couple people had asked me if I had been but I didn’t know where it was. Then I finally figured out it was not in the main downtown area that I walk every week but in a shopping center on the “other side” of Highway 9. Enoteca La Storia is operated by two ex- Santana Row Vintage Wine Merchant managers. Mike and I love that shop so we expected to love this establishment too. We stopped in one night late last year and had a leisurely dinner. They had a diverse group of customers… before 7pm the over 50 crowd, after 7pm the 30-somethings arrived. The menu included a variety of wines by the glass/bottle, cured meats, cheeses, salads and sandwiches.
We ate (good prices & portions)…
- Pesto crostini – average
- Porchetta panini – great
- Alba panini - good
- Gorgonzola salad – fresh and huge. Feeds 2 easily.
- Carrot cake – just ok (but I’ve never been a big fan)
and we drank (small pours are very generous)…
- Sparkling Rose – awesome!
- 09′ lambrusco – a sparkling red from Italy, very interesting and refreshing, like drinking an dark fruity Italian soda
- St clair 09 – stinky nose, slightly sweet, a bit light for Mike
- Stoller Pinot 07 – very musty and earthy nose, sweet cherry taste, silky finish- a bit light for Mike
- Cain concept 06 – favorite of the night- big and bold, velvety finish, cedar nose, dark plum taste
- 08 menhir salento nzero – full bodied, sweet fruit of plum and berry, very nice
Note: the menu doesn’t say it but the sandos come with a little salad so it wasn’t necessary for us to order one…
We really enjoyed our first visit so much that we came back a few weeks later for a evening drink. We arrived around 9pm on a Friday and all the seats at the bar and tables were taken. We stood at the bar for a bit but no one would help us. People behind the bar would make eye contact, smile but then keep on with whatever they were doing. I was hoping for an — I’ll be with you in a minute or some kind of acknowledgment but we received nothing and ended up leaving.
I guess if you are not seated you get no service. Reading other reviews now on Yelp it looks like someone is supposed to work the front door to regulate patrons but that didn’t occur on the 2 nights we went…it left a bad taste in my mouth but we will try again in the future now that we know the procedure.
Note 4/2/11: We went again and had a great visit … see the comments section for the updates.