Vive La France, Vive LaPanotiQ
Step into a Parisian café when you walk through the doors of La PanotiQ. This family business is named after their love for panoramas and libraries (bibliothèque in French). The name PanotiQ is meant to be a classic French portmanteau—a fusion of two words—dreamt up by owners Mikhail and Natalya Guterman, representing a fusion of European flavors meeting local ingredients.
The Gutermans traveled extensively through Europe and fell in love with French cafés and pastries. They searched high and low back home to replicate that experience but came up empty. So, they decided to create it themselves.
Ovens in the front of the restaurant ensure you’ll smell the aroma of freshly baked bread. There are high-back settees at the communal table and outdoor café tables facing the street, just as you’d find in Paris.
La PanotiQ serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between. In the pastry case, a tempting array of macarons, croissants and other baked goods, all made on site. House-made granola on the yogurt parfait changes with the seasons. Made-to-order sandwiches include ham and cheese, tuna and veggies, served on long, thin baguettes. There’s soup and salads too, including the classic Niçoise salad with a homemade tarragon vinaigrette. For dinner you’ll find savory dishes such as a creamy polenta risotto and mushroom flan.
Menu items are GMO-free and meats are nitrate- and hormone-free, sourced from Zoe’s Meat in Santa Rosa. Coffee is fair trade, organic and pesticide-free from Oakland-based Bicycle Coffee. The Gutermans say they want to feel good about what they feed their customers and to support small, family businesses.