Aaron’s got you covered..
A total pro. It can mean a lot of things to different people, but for me, it’s always meant doing whatever it takes to get the result you want with bringing the people you like along with you. That’s why I was so impressed with Aaron Diaz, the GM of the Napa institution restaurant Don Giovani, go so smoothly from the floor of the restaurant, to having a toast with me on their patio steps, to right back on the floor, helping a waiter with a chair for a customer. If that’s not a total pro, what is? An example for any restaurant or winery to follow. Read his answers to the NSI quiz below and you’ll see what I mean. And don’t forget the incredible food and wine there too.
Perhaps because the atmosphere and service at Don Giovanni is intrinsically linked to its fine food fare, it makes sense that it is not one of the Napa restaurants offering take out during the current Covid 19 crisis. However once given the all clear signal, no doubt Don Giovanni will be packed to the rafters with Napa residents and tourists inhaling all that fine Italian fare and atmosphere again. Cheers.
What was last night’s dinner? Whole Roasted Vinegar Chicken at Barbers Q in Napa
Favorite drink? Montenegro Amaro on the rocks, but I’m getting into Japanese whiskey
Favorite dining spot in Napa? I enjoy going to Mini Mango on Main. Consistent, great flavors and the owner Ming and wife are great people.
Favorite music? Latin/Italian pop-rock
Favorite thing about living and working in Napa? The people, the tranquility of a small town and beauty of our Spring and Fall.
Favorite thing about living and working in Napa? My career began with Giovanni and Donna Scala in the late 80’s at Piatti in Yountville before they owned Bistro Don Giovanni.
Any brush with celebrity? As a teenager, I met everyone from Joe Montana to Anthony Quinn.
What makes a great restaurant? Consistency, humbleness, hard work, a great team and great products and ingredients in your food.
Any wine, meal or place to visit on your bucket list? Love to see Burgundy, France and indulge in their wine and cheese.
Final thoughts? I’m truly blessed to have a great family, my good health and to continue in this great industry after 30+ years and teach on to others whom have the same passion in this business.