5215 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95819 916-538-6434
The latest from the husband-and-wife team of sommelier Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou and chef Deneb Williams (who also own Woodlake Tavern and Uptown Pizza Kitchen in North Sacramento) is a showcase for art on a plate, like the sculptural pulpo appetizer—tender octopus tendrils in a balsamic glaze nestled with pillowy potato gnocchi. Mandalou’s carefully curated wine list leans toward Southern European selections, and she’s ever at hand to suggest something to pair flawlessly with braised short ribs or a plate of seared diver scallops (Williams, the former executive chef at The Firehouse, has perfect pitch when it comes to proteins). The dining room at this seafood-forward Italian restaurant is a warren of inviting nooks, from the patio to the bar to a dramatically lit communal table (warning, you will be tempted to lean over and dip a fork into your tablemate’s bucatini with Dungeness crab, uni and a citrusy cream sauce). Since Allora means “What’s next?” in Italian, don’t forget to save room for desserts by executive chef Joe Pruner, like his velvety buttermilk panna cotta with pistachios and honeycomb.
Neighborhood: East Sacramento
Offering: Outdoor Seating