460 Lincoln Blvd., Lincoln, CA 95648
What started as the offspring of the now-closed Café Buonarroti in Rocklin has now become one of the best-kept secrets in the neighboring town of Lincoln, albeit in a much larger space and more expansive menu. The family-owned and operated restaurant brings a little piece of Italy to the space, where the décor—a mix of sleek granite and cobblestone—is hardly the only aspect that screams perfetto. For starters, there’s the homemade red sauce that is rich in flavor yet light on the stomach. Many of the pasta standards, including gnocchi, are also made fresh, and portions are generous.
Average Entrée Price: above $20
Serving: Dinner, Lunch