SNIPPET: Aventine is a rustic, Italian restaurant in a charming, creekside location in woodsy Glen Ellen.
HIGHLIGHTS: Settle in at Aventine for a cozy meal on the outdoor patio or indoors on a winter day. Bring your favorite wine as there is no corkage on the first bottle. Or, come on Wednesday when all wine is half off! Best tables are outdoors or downstairs. Expect to bump into lots of locals.
BEST FOR: You can't beat Aventine's quaint setting at the historic Grist Mill along Sonoma Creek. A bustling bar scene and casual patio are perfect for relaxed dining. Pizza and pasta are the stars here but you can also enjoy chicken parmigiana, grilled branzino, or seared scallops. Dogs are welcome on the patio.
PRICE RANGE: Moderate. Reservations recommended.