Jul 232012

Cuisine: Italian
Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking, Hotel
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Address: 280 Mission Blvd.  Santa Rosa, CA 95409 (707) 538-6000
Hours: Sun-Thur 11am til 9pm   * Fri-Sat 11am til 10pm
Links: Union Hotel Website * Union Hotel Restaurant On Facebook * Google Map

Atmosphere: The Dining Room at the Mission Blvd location is one big, open space.  There is a mix of booths around the perimeter of the room and tables in the center, which can be arranged to accommodate larger parties.  It is warm, inviting and casual.

There is a well-lit bar tucked back into its own area on the opposite side of the restaurant.  There are a couple of nice big TVs hanging behind the bar, in-line with the lighted shelving.

What we ordered:  One of my companions ordered the Roasted Garlic with Baked Brie, served with thick toasted sourdough.  An entire head of garlic was roasted skin-on, so that you could pop each little clove right out.

Several of us started with salad, I had the House Caesar.  The lettuce was very cold and crisp, the homemade dressing was slightly creamy and had some zip to it.

For my entree I ordered the Italian Sausage Lasagna.  It was wonderful, a true Italian comfort food.  It was a large serving, baked in a ramekin.  The noodles were layered with cheese, rich tomato sauce and Italian sausage.  It was baked until golden brown and literally bubbling over.  I was only able to eat half of this, it was very filling.

One of my companions ordered the Wild Mushroom Gnocchi, hand-made little pockets tossed in a creamy mushroom sauce with sauteed porcini and button mushrooms, swiss chard, and fresh thyme.  I did not try this but my companion loved it.

Another companion had the Linguini and Clams, served in a bowl with whole baby Manila clams cooked in a  broth of white wine, garlic and fresh tomato.

One of my companions went with Chicken Florentine; Grilled and sliced chicken breast, sautéed fresh baby spinach and red bell pepper tossed with penne pasta in a light garlic cream sauce.

Another companion ordered the Pomodoro Pasta with fresh tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella, garlic and olive oil.

Service: Our party of 14 had a reservation for a late dinner on a Saturday evening, our table was waiting for us when we arrived.  There were a handful of other tables that were occupied but other than that it was pretty quiet for a Saturday night.  Our food was prepared in a reasonable amount of time for how big our party was.  Everything was prepared as requested.
Overall Impression: Delicious, Italian comfort food.

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