Small Towns: Newcastle

Here’s one from our series on small towns in the foothills, with some highlights from our visits.
La Fornaretta Sicilian a restaurant in Newcastle
La Fornaretta Sicilian

Unless you’re there to pick mandarins in winter or taste wine out along the Placer Wine Trail, a visit to Newcastle revolves mostly around the packing sheds, which have been converted to restaurants and shops. Newcastle Packing Sheds Artists Gallery and Studio maintains at least a dozen working artists’ spaces. At Newcastle Produce, pick up a shepherd’s pie or enchiladas to heat up at home later, or a coffee (Temple) and scone for right now. Besides produce, the store carries a collection of locally made candles and soaps, and all kinds of culinary goodies, including fun pasta, chocolates, brittle and spices. Also in the sheds: a cheese shop, wine shop, pizzeria and La Fornaretta Sicilian restaurant. Less than a mile away, across Interstate 80 behind Denny’s, North Fork Chai Co. has scones, quiche, avocado toast and, of course, chai.