With a commitment to your dining pleasure, we invite you to experience French-Italian fusion. We are proud to use only the freshest wild and farmed local products, many of which are sustainable or organically grown. With heartfelt gratitude we recognize and celebrate the some of the amazing local farms and abundant regional products available to us here in Sonoma County.In 1823, Father Alta Mira, an early California explorer, discovered a beautiful 2,000-acre valley just three miles south of the present day Sheraton Sonoma County - Petaluma. He named it "Tolay", in honor of a local Miwok Indian Chief. Historically, the floor of this valley was home to Sonoma County's largest lake, Tolay Lake.
Proclaiming this fertile land sacred, indigenous tribes from all over the Pacific Northwest gathered to meet on the shores of Tolay Lake. They blessed sacred Charmstones and cast them into the lake during spiritual and healing rituals. To the Native Americans, these stones symbolized their successful hunting and fishing expeditions, and their bountiful harvests.
Today, the lake and its rich history have given way to abundant springs and ponds that support diverse populations of wildlife and flora, including Golden Eagles. A collection of these Native American Charmstones; over 4,000 years old, are on display at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC. In honor of this longstanding partnership of land and community, we are proud to call our restaurant "Tolay".