La Ginestra is celebrating its 50th year in business in Mill Valley. We are proud and honored to have served three generations of Mill Valley, Marin and San Francisco Bay Area residents and their families.
Italian immigrants, Salvatore and Maria Aversa, started the restaurant in May 1964. They wanted to bring the food of their hometown of Sorrento to Mill Valley. “La Ginestra” means “Scotch Broom” in Italian. The yellow flowers on Mount Tamalpais reminded Sal and Maria of the Ginestra flowers on Mt. Vesuvius, their homeland.
The restaurant features Neapolitan cuisine including seafood, locally grown vegetables, handmade pasta, gnocchi, and pizza.
La Ginestra is fortunate to be located in Marin County where organic and locally grown produce is readily available. We source our organic lettuces and vegetables from Green Gulch Farm in Muir Beach, California, and other local organic farms.
Today, La Ginestra is still family owned and operated by the Aversa family. In 1983, Sal passed away from ALS. Maria still works full time, and her son, Tino, has been the manager for 30 years. Maria’s daughter Lucia, son Fabio and Maria’s grandchildren, daughters-in-law and son-in-law are also involved in the business. La Ginestra has a dedicated team of valued long standing employees, from the wait staff to the kitchen.
La Ginestra has been delighted to serve residents and their families these past fifty years and looks forward to continuing to welcome new residents as well as visitors to our town for many years to come.
We appreciate your patronage.
The Aversa Family