Just an alert for anyone who knows the Saffron Cafe at Guasti: Its last day is Friday.
Saffron will be the main topic of my Friday column, but let me get the word out here a day early. If you want one last meal, beat the rush and go today. Saffron is the lunch-only spot in the Guasti Villa (the Guasti Mansion to you oldtimers). The food’s pretty good and you can’t beat the ambience of the 1922 building, the former home of Secondo Guasti, the head of the onetime winemaking village.
I had lunch there Wednesday, from the $20 prix fixe menu. My meal — field greens with pears and prosciutto, bread, soup and an entree of shrimp, mussels and scallops in a coconut curry — was filling, and if it didn’t knock my socks off (the soup was a little weak), I was satisfied.
Saffron plans restaurants throughout the region, with one already open in Riverside and one likely for Upland. But it will be gone from Guasti. In fact, with Guasti under demolition and reconstruction, you won’t have a chance to return to the Villa until 2009 or 2010.
Call (909) 605-7677 for directions, reservations or questions.