Fodor's Expert Review Alex Italian Restaurant

$$$$ Rutherford Italian

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

Often serene and uncrowded when the neighboring Rutherford Grill is all abustle, Alex also provides a culinary counterpoint with well-plated Italian classics. A huge stone fireplace anchors the softly lit dining room, which owner Alessandro "Alex" Sbrendol tends with smooth charm. He and his wife, Alessia (the other "Alex" here), both hail from Northern Italy, whose cuisines inspire the dishes they serve. The pasta course might include veal polpettine with papparedelle, and fresh fish prepared ever so delicately might appear as an entrée, but you could well see braised wild boar on the menu, perhaps accompanied by St. Louis–style boar ribs and sunchoke polenta. Both husband and wife are accomplished sommeliers; their lengthy wine list reflects their years of experience.

Italian Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$$

Quick Facts

1140 Rutherford Rd.
Rutherford, California  94573, USA

707-967–5500

www.alexitalianrestaurant.com

Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. year-round. Closed Tues. Nov.–early Mar. No lunch Sun. year-round. No lunch Wed. and Thurs. Nov.–early Mar.

What’s Nearby