Arcata's La Trattoria,offers traditional
Italian cuisine in a family environment
Bruce E. Brown
For The Time Standard
ARCATA - Step into La Trattoria in the
Cambianica operates her restaurant with a personal touch, accompanied by her
husband, Jim Becker. Hung on the walls to satisfy your artistic taste are large photographs of picturesque
Formerly the Barcelona Cafe, Cambianica and her husband took over the location in November 2001 after looking for a suitable spot for seven years.
Cambianica says she was raised in the restaurant environment "I've been in the restaurant business since I was 6 years old." she said. "My family has always owned restaurants and as kids we would help out."
This is Cambianica's first restaurant ownership, however. She left Los Bagels after six years and credits the owners there with being very encouraging in. her endeavor to start her own restaurant. Cambianica is La Trattoria's chief cook and food preparer with her husband helping as maitre d' and wait staff.
La Trattoria offers uniquely traditional Italian dinners - as well as appetizers -from a set menu and a rotating seasonal menu featuring (as much as possible) organic produce and fresh bread from the Brio bakery in Arcata. Currently, traditional Italian dishes such as handmade potato gnocchi, tomatato and basil sauce on spaghetti, hand- made spinach and cheese ravioli, and rabbit with Sicilian sweet and sour sauce are being offered for dinner.
grandfather was from
Italian dessert - consisting of a family recipe of tiramisu and Cambianica's mother's recipe of spumoni is also served.
Breakfast with an Italian-accent is available Saturday and Sunday from to I p.m. The breakfast menu includes oatmeal raisin scones,Panettone, french toast, handmade pork or chicken sausage, Caponata Frittata (with eggplant, peppers, capers, tomatoes and onions), Crisped Pancetta
Patricia Cambianica, seen heree inside La Trattoria, is the restaurant's owner, chief cook and food preparer.