1627 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814 916-444-3000
Spare, black-and-white eco-chic décor (like the wall of Alessi forks and sleek black tables custom-made by PaperStone) sets the stage for the perfect thin-crust pies turned out of Hot Italian’s wood-fired, hand-tiled oven by pizzaiolo Fabrizio Cercatore (yep, he’s from Italy—and so is the oven). And they do mean hot: The oven fires at 700 degrees, toasty enough to bake the blistered crust to perfection in as little as two minutes. Toppings—from simple mozzarella and tomato to innovative concoctions like the pizza with zucchini, eggplant, goat cheese and heirloom tomatoes—are applied with a delicate hand, in the Italian tradition. But the pizza isn’t the only draw: There’s excellent gelato (from the Bay Area’s Naia gelateria), strong espresso, and a well-priced wine list, plus sparkling prosecco fruit cocktails—at weekend brunch especially, the perfect cool contrast to the hot pizzas.
Offering: Outdoor Seating