PressDemocrat.com: “Layla in Sonoma is Wonderful Culinary Theater”

Calabrian Tortellini at Layla at MacArthur Place Sonoma (Chad Surmick / The Press Democrat)

“In February, Layla’s marketing team formally announced that new executive chef Francisco Lopez Jr. had taken over the kitchen of the upscale restaurant in the posh MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa. Lopez had been hired several months earlier, but he took his time reworking the contemporary Mediterranean concept, re-engineering the spacious kitchen and cross-training his staff to work multiple stations; he even installed a cookbook library in the kitchen for his team.

He finally debuted his inaugural spring menu in mid-April, and in doing so, reminded me why I have one of the best jobs in the world.

The kitchen keeps things nimble to showcase hyper-seasonal ingredients, so your dinner details will differ from mine. But the core remains the same: notable Mediterranean-Sonoma County statements dressed with original, elegant accents. And all as pretty as a picture.”

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