Named of course for one of America's first true pop icons, Rudolph Valentino, a.k.a. "the Latin lover."..."This play on the classic Blood and Sand cocktail — Valentino starred in the 1922 film Blood and Sand, you see, and the original cocktail took its name from the 1941 film starring Rita Hayworth. In this updated version, mezcal (get it? Latin lover?) is used in place of Scotch."
'Cotogna' is pronounced co-tone-ya and is Italian for 'quince'.
Cotogna's the casual sister restaurant to the adjoining Quince Restaurant, Chef Michael Tusk's celebrated fine dining establishment. In 2011, Chef Tusk was recognized by the James Beard Foundation with the award for "Best Chef - Pacific"
"Best seat in the house is at the counter in front of the wood-burning oven. You get warmth from the fire and can watch the chefs carefully preparing and plating dishes."