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Corkscrew Cafe Restaurant Review: Walter Georis, chef-owner of Carmel's Casanova, also operates Corkscrew. He's a vintner, too, so his name on Georis Winery next door is no coincidence. Terra cotta tile, painted furniture and eclectic décor reflect the earthy spirit of country living. There is no shortage of corkscrews here; besotted collectors will be envious. The menu is worthy of similar behavior. Preparations are fresh and seasonal; many ingredients hail from the substantial garden across the road. Try the caramelized pear and Gorgonzola salad with a cider vinaigrette to start. As for entrées, consider the pappardelle bolognese with its tender pork shoulder, or one of the signature wood-fired pizzas. Linger like you are in Provence with a cheese plate. Linger longer and Georis himself might join you. Outdoor seating is pet-friendly, and even when it's cold at the coast, the valley's usually comfortable.