At Goose & Gander, Executive Chef Ignacio Beltrán creates amazing rustic American food and mouthwatering bar bites all served in our pub-like dining room, cherished basement bar or lush garden. Our farm in downtown Napa provides most of the produce for our seasonally-driven menu, which complements Scott Beattie’s retro-fresh libations or a bottle of wine from our unique and award-winning wine list.
The Martini House story dates back to 1923, when original owner Walter Martini built the Craftsman style bungalow as the home he and his wife, Dionisia shared for nearly 50 years. Martini, who possessed a fine tenor voice, was an opera singer with the Pacific Opera Company in San Francisco, where he appeared on several occasions with Enrico Caruso. In 1915, he and his wife moved to St. Helena to manage the historic William Tell Hotel across the street from the house. He often sang for his guests in the hotel bar and restaurant.
The Martini’s loved to entertain, and their friends regularly gathered for gourmet food, fine wine and music in the adjoining garden. When prohibition became law in 1920, Martini entered the more lucrative business of bootlegging wine and whiskey. Remnants of this operation were recently found in the home’s cellar.
Our Fresh Produce
Master Gardener Shelley Kusch, and her team at Garden Junkie, manage our two acre farm located in downtown Napa across the street from the Culinary Institute. We are so fortunate to have Shelley provide our kitchen, as well as our bar, with the freshest produce on a daily basis. It is an embarrassment of riches.