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Villa Corona Napa is a Mexican Family Legacy

Napa Valley Focus

September 2023-  Lisa Adams Walter

“Today four of the five Villaseñor children run the business, serving communities in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties. In addition to the original location in Napa, the operation now includes a restaurant in St. Helena, two in Vacaville and the burgeoning Villa Corona Catering company, which Carlos runs.  

The longevity of a locally founded and still family-owned restaurant is both admirable and rare.”


Four Locations of Villa Corona

Napa Valley Life 

August 2023- Charlene Peters

"This year marks 50 years in operation in the Bel Aire Plaza. When Ismael and Guillermina retired to Mexico in 1999, the two youngest Villaseñor siblings, Fernando and Gabriela, took over operations and now own this location. Guests who dine here enjoy an outdoor patio seating area to order menu items focused on classic dishes and recipes Ismael created over the years. “Simple is more,” said Fernando, whose favorite menu item is Carnitas Tacos with refried beans topped with a flavorful salsa to balance the dish. He said, “I like to eat a light dish that makes me feel good after eating it.” Heartier options with nacho cheese and sour cream are also on the menu and pair well with the new drinks menu option of margaritas on the rocks."

Villa Corona Restaurants

Family and Food: A Legacy Lives on in Napa Valley


Napa Valley Life 

May 2023 - Susan L. Richard

"In 1960 Ismael and Guillermina Villaseñor immigrated from Mexico to San Francisco, California to make a new life in the United States. To support his family, Ismael started picking fruit in the bay area but soon got his start in the restaurant business working at a cafeteria in the San Francisco airport and later went on to work at the Dock restaurant in Tiburon. Ismael eventually joined the Golden Gate Switch Board Company, where he worked for ten years, and when the company moved to Napa, the family decided to follow."

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