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Real Pie Company will reopen in larger location with expanded menu

01/30/18

Real Pie Company will reopen in larger location with expanded menu

April 4 update: Real Pie Company will hold its soft opening Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The grand opening date is set for April 13, and regular business hours will be Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ******** It turns out that relaunching a pie shop isn't as easy as... well, you know. But after a 10-year hiatus and multiple attempts, the Real Pie Company is poised to reopen in just a few weeks. The new bakery off Broadway, run by pie maker Kira O’Donnell Babich, is more than triple the size of her original 1,000-square-foot spot at the corner of 12th and F streets, which she opened in in 2007 and closed just one year later to spend more time with her two...

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Modern Italian seafood restaurant Allora to open in February

01/29/18

Modern Italian seafood restaurant Allora to open in February

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Allora—the new Italian seafood restaurant from husband-wife culinary team Deneb Williams and Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou—is slated to open Feb. 13 in East Sacramento. Williams, the former executive chef of The Firehouse, and Mandalou a former sommelier at Ella—last July, she achieved the coveted status as an Advanced Sommelier—also run Woodlake Tavern and Uptown Pizza Kitchen in North Sacramento. Williams says Allora is the couple's dream project: A wine-driven Italian eatery, with everything from crudo to handmade pastas on the menu. Joe Pruner—whose resume boasts stints as former head chef of Mulvaney’s B&L and chef du cuisine at Empress Tavern—will helm Allora’s...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Jan. 19

01/19/18

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Jan. 19

Get ready to chow down and drink up. A new outpost of Zocalo just debuted, and Empress Tavern is warming our bellies with new weekly ramen specials. Plus, a VW-bus-themed brewery is about to fling open its doors in Folsom, a mobile coffee venture has launched, and Folsom is hosting its first-ever beer week. Keep reading for all of the crave-worthy details. Empress Tavern Ever since this underground restaurant in downtown Sacramento hired sous chef Noah Mansfield (formerly of Hook & Ladder) in November, his obsession with crafting the perfect bowl of ramen has manifested itself in the menu's Blue Plate Special, with new variations of the soul-warming noodle dish popping up nearly every week. The most recent version of Mansfield’s ramen (on the menu...

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Score three-course meals throughout Sacramento for $35 during Dine Downtown

01/11/18

Score three-course meals throughout Sacramento for $35 during Dine Downtown

Get ready to eat your heart out, Sacramento. Dine Downtown is back for its 13th annual celebration of the city's exploding restaurant scene from Jan. 12-21. The 10-day "feastival" will take place at over 30 downtown and midtown restaurants, featuring creative three-course menus for just $35 each. This year’s event will showcase dishes at new local eateries like La Cosecha and Punch Bowl Social, as well as those at popular mainstays like The Porch, which will offer its deep-fried Nashville Hot Chicken with house-cured pickles, and Hook & Ladder, where executive chef Anthony Scuderi is whipping up fettuccine with delicata squash, brown butter and sage (“It’s one of those dishes that once you start eating it, you can’t stop,” he says)....

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Kick off the new year with Monday brunch at these eight restaurants around town

12/29/17

Kick off the new year with Monday brunch at these eight restaurants around town

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then what you have on the morning of January 1 may just be the most important meal of the year. Get 2018 off to a great start at these eight restaurants around town that will be extending their weekend brunch into Monday, New Year’s Day, and serving up everything from decadent apple-ricotta pancakes and tiramisu French toast to playful winter cocktails like hot toddies with agave nectar. Canon On New Year’s Day at this new East Sacramento restaurant, Michelin-starred chef Brad Cecchi will be whipping up elevated brunch cuisine like ricotta pancakes with apple filling and apple cubes, and brioche avocado toast topped with Dungeness crab, roasted tomatoes and preserved lemon relish, as well as griddled banana bread...

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