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Tarla Mediterranean Grill: When you think about under-represented cuisines in Napa, Greek and Turkish come to mind. Obviously not a lot of falafel and schwarma carts dot the vineyards. So Tarla Grill in the new Avia Hotel in downtown Napa has a natural niche cut out for it. Chef Gerry Castro (Farmstead, Murray Circle) has a pedigreed background that spices up the usual meze and moussaka. Outdoor dining. 1480 First St., Napa, 255-5599.
Tarla Mediterranean Grill
This intimate restaurant is fairly new to the downtown Napa scene. A sophisticated Greek and Turkish fusion menu promises to delight the senses. The lamb has a reputation for being out-of-this-world, and is a must-try. Tarla offers a great happy-hour cocktail, wine, and Mezes special food menu. The grill is open until 11pm for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights and is also open for breakfast on the weekends for something a little different to start your morning.
Napa Valley residents are raving about the addition of a Turkish and Greek restaurant to its downtown scene. Tarla Mediterranean Grill (1480 First St.) was created by Yusuf and Breanna Salvatore Topal. Yusuf is a native of Turkey, so expect authentic dishes. Also, expect bang for your buck. Each dish on the dinner menu is less than $20, and the lunch specials are even more value, offering soup, salad and entree for $10 or $11. People are lining up on First Street for the plates of chicken, lamb and beef kebab, Istanbul-style stuffed mussels, spanakopita and lip-smacking musakka. Beware of the warm bread. It’s so tasty that patrons tend to fill up on it because their even tastier entrees arrive. And Tarla also serves breakfast on the weekends for those brunch-loving Napa Valley-ans.
“Once you’ve tasted pistachios from my hometown, Gaziantep (one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world), you won’t want to eat any others,” boasted Topal when talk turned to the renowned baklava, a dessert native to his hometown. Gaziantep is indeed famous for its slender and delicious type of pistachios that are among the most valuable and fresh-tasted types in the global market.
Tarla Mediterranean Grill has opened, bringing a new set of international flavors to downtown Napa for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Owner Yusuf Topal said that while the emphasis is on Turkish and Greek cuisine, the menu includes dishes from other Mediterranean countries as well, like the Spanish Paella ($20) or Winter Squash Gnocchi with beef ragu, peas, artichokes, mint and grana ($16).
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