August News


IMG_1402Featured Employee – Crecensico Villar

Crecensico Villar has been cooking local favorites downtown for nearly 15 years! A back of the house employee shared by Novo and Big Sky, Crecensico feels lucky to be in two “great kitchen environments,” he says.

Under the direction of Novo’s Executive Chef Ben, Crecensico recognizes the care and direction shared by the kitchen staff. Something that he says is essential for the success of their team. Bouncing back and forth between the two kitchens can be a change of pace, but he doesn’t mind the extra hours, he admits. The proud father of a Cal Poly student, he stays busy to support his 21 year-old daughter as she attends school.

Come Crecensico catch him at Novo during the weekday lunch hour to enjoy his fresh prepared salads on the patio!


Featured Dish – Tombo Tuna

One of our new additions to the menu this summer is the Tombo Tuna and chilled Somen Noodle Salad.  Fresh Tombo tuna pan seared rare and sliced over chilled Somen noodles with market carrots, radish, oyster mushrooms and pea sprouts.  Served with a side of black vinegar soy dressing and Amaranth sprouts. Perfect as a shared starter or as a meal day or night.





Sommelier and Novo Wine Director, Samantha Payette weighs in on our recent Wine Spectator Honor

“The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence is a special accolade for restaurants.  The publication has a really focused following of people who love wine and to dine out, so these awards are a perfect way to communicate which restaurants are not only going to satisfy their appetite, but also their interest in a great wine selection!  Similar to that of wine scoring, Spectator uses dollar signs to indicate if the wine list is overall, inexpensive or expensive to give guests an idea of what they will spend.  We are classified as “affordable,” which is right where I want to be.  This, to me, says we’re on track with our guests and our community.

Joes-Wine3-2We were selected for this award because our wine list has a great representation of stellar local wines of both AVA pioneers and small and up and coming producers.  Plus, we are very lucky to have a strong following of regular, local and wine industry guests who prefer to try something unique and hard to come by, which is why we also offer a wide diversity of wines from around the world!  I love our local producers, but sometimes it’s fun to try something different!”