Posted on July 23, 2020

Il Cortile and La Cosecha Honored with Wine Spectator’s 2020 Award of Excellence

The awards mark the seventh win for Il Cortile, and the fourth win for La Cosecha.

July 17, 2020 (Paso Robles, Calif.) – Il Cortile Ristorante and La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant are proud to announce Wine Spectator officially honored both Paso Robles restaurants with 2020 Awards of Excellence. The restaurants have remained open during the COVID-19 crisis for takeout and al fresco dining.

The awards will be featured in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator, which hit newsstands on Tuesday, July 21.

Each restaurant was lauded for its outstanding food quality, exciting dining and cocktail menus, elite service and their robust and thoughtful wine lists that offer a range of prices to encourage exploration, and represent Paso’s top wineries.

“We are truly humbled,” said Sommelier Carole MacDonal, wine and beverage director for each eatery, and co-owner with her husband, Chef Santos MacDonal. “We pride ourselves on finding the best local and international wines that truly pair well with Chef Santos’ dishes.”

Il Cortile Ristorante has now won the Award of Excellence for seven consecutive years. La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant has won the Award of Excellence for four consecutive years.

Nine restaurants in San Luis Obispo County were honored: Il Cortile, La Cosecha, Les Petites Canailles, The Restaurant at JUSTIN, Buona Tavola, Koberl at Blue, NOVO Restaurant and Lounge, Lido at Dolphin Bay and Mason Bar and Kitchen.

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine restaurants in 1981. The complete list of award winners is available here.

Il Cortile Ristorante

Il Cortile Ristorante is located in Paso Robles Wine Country, a top destination for exquisite wines, picturesque landscapes and beautiful weather - the perfect pairing for Executive Chef Santos MacDonal’s rustic Italian cuisine. Owned and operated by Chef Santos and his wife Carole, the menus are seasonally inspired and created with the freshest ingredients. Chef Santos makes an array of exceptional homemade pastas, fresh seafood, top quality meats and antipasti. The wine list, inspired by Chef Santos’ food, completes the dining experience. Visit Il Cortile Ristorante in downtown Paso Robles.

La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant

Spanish for “the harvest,” La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant in Paso Robles is the second creation of celebrated Chef Santos MacDonal. Centering on the cuisine of Spain and South America, La Cosecha offers culture-specific, specialized Latin flavors by sourcing herbs and spices from each dish’s nation of origin, while taking advantage of the farmer’s market-fresh produce, meats, and cheeses of California’s abundant Central Coast. Owned and operated by Chef Santos and his wife Carole, the menus are seasonally inspired and created with the freshest ingredients. The restaurant also features a craft cocktail menu designed to make use of garden-fresh ingredients and locally sourced artisanal spirits.

The Truck

The Truck is a full-service mobile catering company located in Paso Robles. Locally inspired and artfully directed by Chef Santos MacDonal, The Truck offers a wide range of menus for all occasions. You can find The Truck parked at Hearst Ranch Winery in San Simeon weekly for a tasty meal on the open-air oceanfront picnic tables.