The Press Bistro
1809 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95811 916-444-2566
With its airy, high-ceilinged space anchored (and divided into bar and dining areas) by a convivial communal table made from enormous vintage wine barrels, The Press is a quintessential neighborhood bistro—casual enough to drop in for a weeknight bite, but high-toned enough for Saturday date night. The menu, devised by chef-owner David English (formerly the head chef at Ella), is similarly flexible: It ranges from tapas, like fried meatballs with garlic yogurt or goat cheese-stuffed piquillo peppers, to appetizers, like the grilled calamari with a white bean salad. Main courses, which change frequently, recently included a braised beef short rib with red wine sauce. The pan-Mediterranean influences stretch from Spain to Greece, inspiring not only a small menu of pastas, like the pappardelle alla bolognese with Parmesan cheese, but also the restaurant’s name, which refers to an olive press.