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Rossi's Gets an Upgrade

The menu at this Sonoma roadhouse is now "Texas barbecue in a California context."

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Ari Weiswasser, chef and co-owner of the Glen Ellen Star, was tapped to retool the menu at Sonoma's classic roadside eatery and dancehall, Rossi's 1906. He calls the concept "Texas barbecue in a California context."

Some of the new appetizers on the menu include brown-butter corn muffins, crispy pig ears with nacho cheese, and chicken-fat fries with malt vinegar, salt and lemon. One of the signature BBQ-meets-California dishes is brisket and barbecued oysters. The new menu debuted Nov. 1.

Weiswasser remains chef and owner at the Glen Ellen Star.

Max Young, Rossi's new owner, spent a year and half restoring the building while aiming to keep its charm intact. Young, who owns McNally's Irish Pub in Oakland and the HiFi Lounge, Bamboo Hut and Mr. Smith's in San Francisco, hopes the new Rossi's will be part of Sonoma's westside revitalization.

Rossi's 1906 is at 401 Grove St., Sonoma. 707.343.0044. rossis1906.com. —Stett Holbrook

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