First lady and patron saint of Italianate cooking Biba Caggiano (who passed away in August almost 33 years after founding the restaurant) was nearly in a class by herself. Not many Sacramento chefs can claim cookbook or television fame (including multiple appearances on The Martha Stewart Show), but that’s not what draws devotees to her namesake eatery. Biba is a thoroughly grown-up affair—its décor and dishes are classically rendered and artfully composed. The gnocchi and stuffed pastas of the day are unfailingly outstanding; no matter what else you order, one of these delectable choices is a must. Lighter offerings include spaghetti carbonara and a roasted beet salad with seasonal toppings like pine nuts. Pro Tip: Her famous 10-layer lasagna is only available on Thursdays and Fridays but can sell out on Friday nights, so book a table on the earlier side.