This past weekend was the annual Morrison Family Wine Weekend, which takes place every February somewhere North of San Francisco. Unfortunately my brother was not able to attend this trip, because he had some educational business to attend to. And while he was missed at all the fantastic meals and wineries, I had an incredible time with my parents in Sonoma – beginning with Thursday night at Campo Fina in downtown Healdsburg.
I didn’t make reservations anywhere for Thursday night, because I wasn’t sure what time my family would be getting up to Healdsburg. We stayed at Best Western Dry Creek Inn, which was about a four minute drive from Downtown Healdsburg. After a few glasses of Robert Sinskey’s Vin Gris in my parents Tuscan-inspired suite, we started researching dinner options. There was some debate over price range and cuisine style, but we eventually agreed to check out Campo Fina, a casual Italian pizza restaurant.
We arrived and decided to sit on the heated patio in the back of the restaurant, which also features a full-size bocce court that is open for anyone to use, including children. The pizza is made in a wood-fired brick oven that gets up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Although there are only 6 pizza options (including a special), they are prepared and cooked to perfection with the freshest ingredients.
After starting off the night with a few Negroni’s (now my dad’s new favorite cocktail) and castelvetrano olives, we shared a dozen Beausoleil oysters and a large mixed green salad with ricotta salata and white balsamic vinaigrette. My dad then ordered a bottle of Sicilian Nero D’avola to go with our two pizzas: Pizza Campo and the special of the night, a white pizza with braised pork belly. The Pizza Campo had tomato, mozzarella, anchovy, garlic, chili flake, chard, pine nuts, currants and red onions. Both of them were fantastic and so different from each other! The restaurant also served a homemade chili oil that we drizzled over the pizzas – amazing.
After dinner we took to the bocce court for a game, my mother and I versus my father (she is a beginner so I let her play with me). It was a close game, and we only played to 5 points, but my dad threw the winning shot. Luckily we were able to get on the court because the restaurant wasn’t too crowded on a Thursday night in February, but I’ll bet it gets a little crazy on the summer weekends.
The food was delicious and just what we were looking for, but I was particularly fond of the inviting staff and enthusiastic pizza chefs. The atmosphere is warm and energetic with fast and friendly service. You definitely get a family vibe from the place, as also evidenced by several small children running around when we first got there.
I would certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a casual and fun place to dine in Healdsburg. It’s great for families, large groups or a bunch of friends looking to throw down on the bocce court.