DeWayne Boccali’s grandfather emigrated to Santa Barbara in 1898 from Lucca, Italy bringing with him a treasure trove of family recipes. Inspired by these recipes, DeWayne brought them to life at his family’s restaurant, Boccali’s Pizza and Pasta. The menu features the Boccali family’s own fresh produce, picked daily from their Upper Ojai ranch.

Located just two miles east of the hustle and bustle of downtown, the restaurant offers dining al fresco on the patio, or on the large oak-covered lawn area, where the customers can enjoy the stunning vistas that make the Ojai Valley so enchanting. The west end of the valley can share the good food and wine as well, since the family opened its second restaurant in Oak View in 2001.

Enjoy a glass of fresh squeezed Boccali Ranch orange juice or lemonade… savor a hand tossed pizza or freshly prepared pasta… try a variety of salads and save room for its famous seasonal dessert of home-style strawberry shortcake. With so many choices, Boccali’s is an Ojai culinary treasure.

And, for this enterprising family, the restaurant was just the beginning. Boccali Vineyards & Winery is their owned and operated enterprise, also located in the Upper Ojai Valley. The wines are made with fruit from their own vineyards and bottled by the family on-site. Partners and winemakers, DeWayne and his son, Joe are the dynamic duo behind these fine wines.

Boccali recipes may have been created in Lucca, Italy, but they’ve traveled well…and the Boccali wines pair perfectly with them… give them a taste and a toast at the Taste of Ojai table. Salute!

 

By: Ilona Saari

 

Boccali’s Pasta & Pizza
3277 E. Ojai Avenue
Ojai, Calif. 93023
805-646-6116
www.boccalis.com

In Oak View:
840 Ventura Ave.
Oak View, Calif. 93022
805-649-1057

Boccali Vineyards & Winery
www.BoccaliVineyards.com