Vino Santo Bistro
That's the name of one our favorite haunts in Redwood City, and we like it because the name invokes both the sacred and the secular, and because of a quiet little barroom in the back that is largely unknown to the public. Imagine our surprise tonight when the bar swelled to more than 20 strangers -- mostly journalists, it turns out, communing by the television on this last day of the Scott Peterson trial. The mood was buoyant, yet reserved. It struck us that the ink-stained brood might have been feeling a sense of loss -- if not for the community that it built these past five months, then for the people whose real loss set this project in motion. Earlier in the day, the streets were riotous, as news on the verdict was heard. As the sun set, the scene grew somber, as if the town that hosted this trial was finally retracting its impolite gaze to pay respect to the parted.