December 23, 2013 – Despite efforts to keep things quiet, local buzz is growing. Owner Gloria Magdirila and partner Paolo Kautz—formerly of Café Rustica in Carmel Valley—quietly pulled off a stealth opening at the long-anticipated Patria restaurant in Oldtown Salinas on Tuesday, December 17.
The friendly, upscale eatery is serving German and Mediterranean flavors, featuring dishes like jaeger schnitzel and spaetzle, as well as salmon, Cornish game hen, and lamb. The atmosphere is casual and rustic, with distressed hardwood floors and an open, inviting brick-and-timber interior. Farmhouse-style wooden tables and chairs are topped with cotton flour-sack type napkins, candles and simple place settings.
Most entrées go for around $16-$20, and there are plenty of appetizers, salads, house-made pastas, and pizzas on the menu, too. Patria has a nicely curated beer list (including a few craft brews like Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast Brewing on tap) and a full bar, as well as an eclectic and extensive wine list. Magdirila says they’re sourcing food locally “whenever possible” and that the wines were selected to “highlight local wineries.” If you go, show them some local love while their vision coalesces. They’re still tinkering a little with the schedule, but the wine bar opens between 3 and 4 p.m. and dinner service starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Patria is located at 228 Main St. in Salinas, (831) 424-5555.
Elaine Hesser grew up in rural Pennsylvania and started cooking at age 6. By age 9, she’d made her first dinner and at midlife, is amazed when high school graduates can’t scramble eggs. After the U.S. Army paid for her B.A., it also moved her to Monterey County, where she served on active duty at Ft. Ord and Ft. Hunter Liggett. She has a wide variety of interests, but is most passionate about faith, writing, and food – and encourages everyone never to stop learning and looking for truth.