Review: La Ginestra is back deliverin...

Review: La Ginestra is back delivering favorites and more

There are 33 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Sep 28, 2010, titled Review: La Ginestra is back delivering favorites and more. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

Victor Martinez of La Ginestra brings bread to Sandra and Andrew Bozeman of Mill Valley.

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Marin Gal

Rohnert Park, CA

#21 Sep 30, 2010
LaG's FOOD is tasty, creative and authentic!
LaG's SERVICE is great, friendly and efficient!
LaG's PRICES are fair and comparable!
LaG's AMBIANCE is comfortable and welcoming!

Ms. Henry's review should have focused on these four points, instead of re-hashing SW! Stop beating this DEAD horse! Everything else being discussed here is ridiculous and has nothing to do with the quality of this restaurant!
steph

Belvedere Tiburon, CA

#22 Sep 30, 2010
Anil Beads wrote:
why hasn't anybody mentioned that the new sweetwater is opening in December? Pretty much a done deal at this point. Finally.
because this is an article about a restaurant called LaG, not the Sweetwater.
Martha Appleton

San Francisco, CA

#23 Sep 30, 2010
I beg your pardon but La Ginestra is open for lunch. My son took me there on Tuesday and I had ravioli and bread. And butter with my bread. They had lemonade but no grape juice or orange juice. My son had lots of wine. We used the valet parking because of the new parking meters.
Amazon

Novato, CA

#24 Oct 1, 2010
Martha Appleton wrote:
I beg your pardon but La Ginestra is open for lunch. My son took me there on Tuesday and I had ravioli and bread. And butter with my bread. They had lemonade but no grape juice or orange juice. My son had lots of wine. We used the valet parking because of the new parking meters.
I love this post. It made me laugh.
Ann Aversa

Newark, CA

#25 Oct 1, 2010
Martha Appleton wrote:
I beg your pardon but La Ginestra is open for lunch. My son took me there on Tuesday and I had ravioli and bread. And butter with my bread. They had lemonade but no grape juice or orange juice. My son had lots of wine. We used the valet parking because of the new parking meters.
Seriously delusional. I think there must be another La Ginestra (unrelated) in New York. The Mill Valley La G is not open for lunch and does not have valet parking. LOL.
Anonymous

Newark, CA

#26 Oct 1, 2010
Martha Appleton wrote:
I beg your pardon but La Ginestra is open for lunch. My son took me there on Tuesday and I had ravioli and bread. And butter with my bread. They had lemonade but no grape juice or orange juice. My son had lots of wine. We used the valet parking because of the new parking meters.
I also love this post!!!
hungry

Rio Oso, CA

#27 Oct 1, 2010
I want breakfast. again with the meters...josh i guess I should be mad like everyone else..it cost me 75 cents up from 50 cents to park for one hour. Breakfast should be finished in 1 hour you think?
beachgrl

United States

#28 Oct 2, 2010
My family moved to Mill Valley from Monterey in 1965,
dining at La Ginestra was our "big night out"
As a kid, I loved their Miinestrone, now it's House Ravioli, or a super thin crust pizza..always excellent food and service.
The Aversa Family is awesome!!, warm and welcoming at all times, my kids and I eat there alot.
Funny, "Tino" Aversa's kids, and my son are in the same class @ high school, what a small world!
Okay, now I'm hungry!!
Thanks,
Sheila
P.S. Ginestra refers to the yellow flower of the Scotch Broom plant that blooms in Marin in the Spring.
Mill Valley Peter

Keswick, VA

#29 Oct 5, 2010
little known fact: in 1987 an adult magazine did a photo shoot in the bar side of La G. The owners thought it was for a home design magazine so they agreed. Turned out to be quite a scene involving 2 women, a puppy and a bunch of bizarre furniture. You can find copies on eBay from time to time.
PurpleHaze

Mill Valley, CA

#30 Oct 26, 2010
Why even mention Sweetwater? And if so, point out that the rent was raised due to required earthquake and new reg requirements. Sweetwater might be "legendary" in some minds, but face it, it was an after thought for the last decade. No one really went there much anymore and the owners were jerks to try to make the lovely Aversa's look bad in the local press, while then asking the community for hand outs.

This is a lovely, wonderful, family owned Italian restaurant, with great, high quality food, from simple dishes, to more exotic noveau. I love it and dine there 3 x /month.
PurpleHaze

Mill Valley, CA

#31 Oct 26, 2010
edc wrote:
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really bad, nasty, deceptive 'new' owners ran it into the ground....all the great work and time that jeannie patterson put into the place to make it a local legend went to waste with these creeps
Lie. Scoop on the street: Sweetwater didn't even pay their rent the last few months. Everyone knows that. Then complained when their rent was raised after years of being kept at below market rates. Also well known here in MV. Sweetwater was a dump, nothing special but a past history. They were wannabes and all the locals hated the place: dark, stinky, bad cover bands, too high a cover charge
Truth

Mill Valley, CA

#32 Oct 26, 2010
Anil Beads wrote:
why hasn't anybody mentioned that the new sweetwater is opening in December? Pretty much a done deal at this point. Finally.
Because no one cares. The couple that managed it ruin it and we're particulalry scornful and mean to the wonderful owners of La Ginestra. It hadn't been a decent bar for ten years when it closed. When the owners asked for a handout, they turned off most of the locals who found it appalling that because they couldn;t manage it to a profit, they tried to besmirch the wonderful La Ginestra. Wikipedia is now corrected:
Sweetwater Saloon
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Located in Mill Valley, California, Sweetwater was a bar/tavern with a 30 year history of live musical performances by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Jerry Garcia, String Cheese Incident, John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana, plus many others[1]. There were typically at least 4 to 5 musical acts booked per week making it a popular local hangout.[2] The Sweetwater also featured an open mike night on Mondays that had occassionally featured surprise performances by well-known artists such as Gregg Allman, Train and others.

The band Hot Tuna recorded two live albums at Sweetwater in the early 1990s[3][4] featuring guest performances by local figures such as Bob Weir and Wavy Gravy.

BBC Television shot a documentary at the club featuring John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Riatt and Ry Cooder.

In 2004, the establishment faced eviction by landlords who needed to raise the rent to more than what the owners claimed they could pay.[1] Through donations the bar was saved and its lease was renewed when the owners of the building generously offered new terms.[citation needed] It was not however disputed that the new rent was fair and the owners of the Sweetwater entered into a month to month lease.[2]

In September 2007 Sweetwater closed because the landlord of the building found it necessary to renovate the somewhat run-down property and declined to offer the club terms for a new lease after the renovation's anticipated completion.[3] The owners of the building were also the long time owners of a very popular Italian restaurant next door that had been established in the 1960's. A spokesman for the family that owned the building and restaurant said at the time that the building would undergo long-overdue repairs and maintenance and that the new Sweetwater owners knew about renovation plans since their lease had expired two years previously. "We've been in this community for 45 years," he said. "If we wanted to throw the Sweetwater out, we would have done it a long time ago.".[4]

There are plans to reopen the club at a new location someday.
like the place BUT

San Anselmo, CA

#33 Nov 15, 2010
It is just way too expensive. I have eaten there by myself, 2 beers, salad, entre, dessert =$60-75. It ain't that good at those prices.

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