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ESCOFFIER QUESTIONNAIRE: JOHN FRANCHETTI
BY MARISSA GUGGIANA
Learning that this issue would be an ode to local dairy, I immediately thought of Chef John Franchetti and that naturally led to my rolling Rossoo Pizzeria’s extraordinarily delicious burrata around in my mind’s mouth.
John is the chef and co-owner of Rosso, which now has a location in Petaluma as well as its original home in Santa Rosa. John is a Sonoma Countian by birth, but took off his culinary training wheels in New Orleans, working at Commander’s Palace and also under the tutelage of Emeril Lagasse. He eventually came home to northern California and, after perfecting pizza at St. Helena’s Tra Vigne, he opened Rosso with partner Kevin Cronin. There, they make and serve those rounds of dairy divinity that I still savor long after I leave the restaurant. John buys his groceries at the farmers’ market and helps the local “slow foodies” in their efforts. He is a good neighbor, in harmony with being a very good cook.
To turn an Escoffier Questionnaire query on myself, I would describe Rosso and John with the same three adjectives: warm, honest and deliziosissima.
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