Welcome to Volpi’s
Volpi’s Ristorante & Bar is an Italian restaurant with lots of charm and a secret. The charm comes from the fact that this restaurant was built in an old converted general store.
Though its operated as a grocery for most of its existence, Volpi’s major claim to fame was the speakeasy in the back, an homage to hidden bars during prohibition.
Locals know that the “secret” bar is still in operation, with a convenient escape door to the alley in case of a raid. Or your ex-wife.
Volpi’s has kept much of the aesthetic of the old store, including shelves full of antique products as decoration. The grocery became a restaurant in 1992, though there’s still an old Italian grocery vibe with well-worn wooden floors and walls lined with Italian tchotchkes, accordions, and candle wax-covered chianti bottles.
Volpi’s appetizers include deep-fried calamari, steamed clams, garlic meatballs and gnocchi with the guest’s choice of pesto, marinara, alfredo or bolognese sauces. Entrees range from classic items like the chicken fettuccine and spaghetti and meatballs to the San Francisco cioppino with scallops, prawns, clams, mussels and fresh fish in a tomato broth and topped with sweet Dungeness crab.
Great Historic Building with Excellent Food
We’ve been going to Volpi’s for years and have always found it to be consistently high quality! the service is friendly and their Lamb Shank with Creamy Polenta is the BEST! Family friendly and fun, with an interesting history still on display throughout the interior.
11 out of 10
The polenta is outstanding!!! I give it an 11 out of 10!! The service was so prompt. A minute after being seated, they brought bread and water. That is impressive. The server was attentive and very friendly. Chicken Parmesan was good. (Plenty big too!) Good mashed potatoes. The string beans were too bland. We’ll be back though. And I’m having bread pudding for sure!
The food is to die for!!!
This is now my favorite Italian restaurant in Sonoma county!! Great ambiance! Red & white table clothes! Old Italian deli and speakeasy made into authentic restaurant. Great staff, not in a hurry, listens to my stories. The food, to die for, comes very quickly. Minestrone with ziti, that’s true Italian. The best calamari I’ve ever had, light batter. Lamb shank so flavorful. And pasta with cream sauce that doesn’t bloat me. The food is too die for!!! Yes, it’s expensive, so it won’t be my every month place, but I’ll skip the other places to come back here!!! Oh and the owner, son of the original 1925 owner, is there every night, even plays accordion
Authentic Italian food
For decades, every time we’re near Petaluma I and my family have experienced the same high-quality service and feed bag largely because it’s a Family run business with a long history in the community. Always busy so plan around a pleasant wait if you haven’t reserved a time. Amazing Experience!
Old school family style. Delicious food. Huge portions. Friendly vibe. Amazing location for a nice pre or post meal stroll around downtown Petaluma.
OMG! A blast from the past, actual family style dining
This is by far the best Italian restaurant ever. I love the family-style dinners! Their Minestrone soup, fantastic, salad great, their house pasta with the lemon cream sauce is soon good!!! Love the Chicken Piccata, and Marsala! The ice cream at the end, is a nice touch.