Posts Tagged Italian cuisine:

Jul
03

Gnocchi and Zabaglione at Biba

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I have found a cure for the Mondays. Last night, a couple of friends and I went for a spontaneous trip to Biba for a celebration dinner, and I almost forgot it was just the start to another week. Amazing desserts, dinners and great service still exist on Mondays. This was the second time I’ve […]

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May
17

Noodles & Company Spring Menu Tasting

By Ana Marie and Sara Ortega Ana Marie: When one hears the name Noodle & Company, thoughts about appetizing Asian cuisine or tasty Italian pasta may come to mind.  Yet, unbeknownst to many, Noodles & Company is so much more than merely noodles!  This charming restaurant prides itself with a diverse menu that ranges from […]

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Feb
20

Wordless Wednesday: 58 Degrees & Holding Co.

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Trio of Bruschetta (from front): Grilled broccoletti, garlic confit, lemon zest, drizzled with olive oil; Poached pear puree, applewood bacon and crumbled blue cheese; Cherry tomatoes, basil pesto and four cheeses. Delectable. 58 Degrees & Holding Co. 1217 18th Street (18th and Capitol) Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 442-5858

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Nov
09

Rediscover Il Fornaio

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While working so close in proximity to Il Fornaio for nearly nine years now, the restaurant has become a main staple for quick grab-and-go sandwich from their lunch window, or from time to time a nice sit-down leisurely meal. On a recent weeknight, I had the opportunity to dine in and I was reminded of […]

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Mar
20

Paesanos

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As gloomy weather descended upon Northern California, I was in the mood for something warm, hearty and comforting. For me, Italian food is always a wise go-to. To satisfy this craving I decided to stop by a long-time Sacramento favorite, Paesanos, and treat my mom to dinner (insert Best Son Ever award here). Paesanos’ inviting […]

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Sep
05

Ricotta Gnocchi in Boston’s North End

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There is nothing I love more than traditional Italian fare. No matter where I am, an authentic Italian meal can instantly transport me to my cousin Louise’s dinner table in New York, where my big Italian family often gathers around an exhaustive feast for no particular occasion other than for the sheer pleasure of eating […]

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Aug
22

Homemade Pasta Feast

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I have an approximately one-weekend-a-month tradition of heading down to visit my family in the Bay Area. Oftentimes, particularly during the summer, we’ll spend Saturday afternoon whipping up a delicious evening meal, inviting some friends over and enjoying dinner outside. This past weekend, the theme of the dinner was homemade pasta and we prepared two […]

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Jul
09

Parmesan Crusted Polenta with Roasted Peppers, Italian Sausage and Marinara Sauce

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One day while watching the Food Network I got the idea to make homemade creamy polenta.  When I went to the store all they had was pre-cooked polenta in a roll.  So, I rearranged my dinner and decided to make something that looked like a tower.  I was in a hurry and didn’t have time […]

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Jun
09

Wordless Wednesday: I Preferiti di Boriana, San Francisco

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Bomboloni from I Preferiti di Boriana at the San Francisco Ferry Building.

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Feb
23

Trattoria Corso, Berkeley

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Back in 2004, I was lucky enough to study aboard in Florence, Italy, where, like anyone would, I fell in love with the food, the wine and the culture. But it wasn’t until just a year or two ago that I was introduced to Trattoria Corso in Berkeley and felt like I’d finally discovered a […]

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