SY Kitchen – a taste of Verona in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley, California

On one of our recent trips to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley Nick & I had dinner at a wonderful farm-to-table Italian restaurant – SY Kitchen (, run by 2 brothers from Verona. 

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I’m quite a snob when it comes to Italian food, so when I say this restaurant is outstanding it’s high praise 🙂

My review:
Run by two brothers from Verona, this restaurant feels rustic, comfortable and modern all at the same time. The food is exquisite, everything is made with great care and from quality ingredients. I love the whole farm-to-table approach (wish every restaurant shared this philosophy). Our waiter Andrew (kudos to Andrew!) said that the flour used in SY’s homemade pasta & pizza is minimally-processed and is brought from Italy. We had burrata & sausage pizza and a wild mushroom pappardelle (with locally-picked wild mushrooms) as well as chocolate gelato made with mascarpone for dessert. Wow! I loved everything and can’t wait to be back next time we’re in Santa Ynez.
Thanks to Dave at For Friends Inn (where we stayed – only a block away) for recommending this gem of a place!

Here are a few photos, some artsy and some just of the restaurant.

My dining experience at was complimentary – thanks to SY Kitchen for hosting us.
All views are my own. P.S. We tipped the waiting staff, of course! 🙂

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