Enotria has celebrated three grand re-openings by our count. The Del Paso Boulevard restaurant with a vaunted wine cellar closed in 2009 to undergo a $1.5 million remodel, and underwent a number of chef changes following the renovation. Enotria closed once again in January following a stint with Pajo Bruich leading the kitchen and aiming for Michelin recognition. But the restaurant was resurrected in March, with a re-tooled concept that focuses on hosting events and a limited hours for the general public.
But an e-mail came through last week touting a re-opening of Enotria, which was held Wednesday night with a “Carnivale Spectacular” theme. Gabriel Glasier, formerly of Maranello and Slocum House, oversees Enotria’s food program and created plates of prawn “corn dogs” at Wednesday’s soiree. He said Enotria’s basically been in a soft opening since March, and spent a lengthy spring vacation traveling to Southeast Asia and learning new recipes.
“Now, it’s time to blow up,” said Glasier.
Much wine was poured Wednesday night, and Enotria owner David Hardie was among those filling glasses for guests. He said Enotria will continue to focus on events, but keep the wine bar open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays. Glasier has teamed up with his girlfriend, pastry chef Kristel Flores, to oversee the food and use Enotria as a homebase for their catering company. Enotria will also host high-end wine dinners, including a successful series run by former Enotria wine director Matthew Lewis.
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That’s to say, Enotria, once considered a great hope for bringing increased national recognition to Sacramento’s culinary scene, is taking a low key approach for destination dining. We’ll have more on Enotria and its latest moves in an upcoming dispatch of “The Nosh Pit.”
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