Tyler Rodde returned to his roots in the Napa Valley in 2010 to open Oenotri, a southern-Italian restaurant featuring a daily-changing menu of rustic dishes built around the freshest local product available. Reflective of a passion for handcrafted food, Oenotri offers a menu with more than 20 different types of house-made salumi, an array of handmade fresh and dry pasta as well as exclusive olive oil sourced from within the Napa Valley. The restaurant’s pizzas are baked in a 100-percent wood-burning oven, imported from Italy.
Today the restaurant continues to grow and expand. Oenotri has joined other local restaurants in preserving and managing the gardens surrounding the now-closed Copia Center for Food & Wine in Napa in addition to managing its own exclusive 4-acre culinary garden. These two projects provide an ever-increasing portion of the produce featured each day on Oenotri’s menu, contributing to Oenotri’s reputation as one the Bay Area’s premiere venues for Italian cuisine and an essential component of any Wine Country itinerary.
Lauren Duncan found her passion for hospitality early, working childhood summers at the register of a family-owned neighborhood yogurt store and coffee shop where she made it her business to keep up with the regulars and to explore the inner workings of the business. After attending the University of California, Santa Barbara she returned to the restaurant business, working as Director of Public Relations and event coordinator for the local Harbor Restaurant group, bringing her into contact with every aspect of the guest experience.
After returning to the San Francisco Bay Area, Lauren helped to open a variety of restaurants in San Francisco proper and the East Bay, furthering honing her skills in developing outstanding service and great guest experiences. In 2010 she contributed her extensive experience to the opening of Oenotri where she currently is both General Manager as well as co-owner with husband Tyler Rodde. Today Oenotri is one of the Napa Valley’s premiere dining destinations and a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike.