Raised in the Italian region of Veneto, Valentina Guolo-Migotto moved to California in 1997 with an entrepreneurial passion and in 2006 co-founded Ca’ Momi, a food and wine concept rooted in Italian tradition, passion and Napa Valley soil.
With a company culture centered on growth opportunities and mindful leadership, Ca’ Momi first launched with a line of heart-crafted Napa Valley wines. An obsessive search for authentic Italian food led Valentina to open the popular Ca’ Momi Enoteca in the Oxbow Public Market with partners Dario De Conti and Stefano Migotto, celebrating “la cucina povera,” or cooking from “the poor people’s kitchen.” Valentina is dedicated to regional dishes with flavors and ingredients rooted in simplicity, crafted with the highest-quality organic ingredients, and sourced from nearby farms and Ca’ Momi’s gardens.
Though you will often find her tasting and designing the menu at Ca’ Momi, Valentina insists she does not want the recognition for the food in the kitchen. “I select traditional foods that honor the past generations’ old recipes,” she explains. “Innovative flavors or fancy plating is not what we are about. Ca’ Momi exists to preserve the culinary traditions and culture of Italy–I take pride in being a caretaker of the recipes that get lost in translation, and in sharing Italian food culture.”
In 2015, Valentina and her team will open Ca’ Momi Osteria in historic downtown Napa. This new location will be a chance to add an intimate, “heart-crafted” ambiance to the Ca’ Momi experience. The Osteria will preserve Ca’ Momi’s current menu and mission, and will include a full bar with wines, spirits, beer, and Ca’ Momi’s celebrated Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certified pizza—with no chili flakes nor parmesan in sight.
Dario De Conti
Dario De Conti was raised on his family’s farm in Veneto, Italy, where he funded his winemaking studies by making pizza at the local pizzeria. Dario eventually brought both these skills to Napa Valley, where he partnered with Valentina and Stefano to launch Ca’ Momi Enoteca.
As both the restaurant’s winemaker and pizzaiolo, Dario has a very hands-on approach. You will often find him in the kitchen, prepping dough for his next pizza masterpiece (with a good wine in hand, of course).