Top 7 Delicious Reasons To Visit Sacramento (Hungry)
By Annabelle Pericin
Photography by Quinn Ung
Besides being the state’s capital, Sacramento is centrally located about 90 minutes from San Francisco, 1 hour from Napa and just under 2 hours from Lake Tahoe. There are hidden gems and rising stars coming out of this town. While in Sacramento, here are a few to discover:
Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters
Besides getting a great cup of espresso, this authentic New Zealand style coffee house located downtown is much more. They are true coffee enthusiasts! Relocating from New Zealand, owners Andy and Edie Baker brought their passion for coffee to Sacramento when they were disappointed with the local coffee scene. Besides conducting workshops on coffee tasting and home brewing techniques, they also roast their own beans in small batches to ensure the freshest cup of coffee. Chocolate Fish brings coffee to the people without being pretentious.
Tel (1) (916) 400-4204
Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates
Yes, there is a chocolate heaven and it’s located in Midtown Sacramento. As you walk into Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates the warm smell of chocolate engulfs your senses and a feast for your eyes begins. Welcoming you is a display of Parisian macaroons and a variety of chocolate bonbons, pralines and caramels. Ginger Elizabeth incorporates a simple philosophy: To use only the freshest of ingredients to elicit the best look and taste chocolate has to offer. I got to sample the Raspberry Rose bonbon which is a concoction of fresh raspberries in a bittersweet chocolate ganache with a touch or rose. Divine is the most descriptive word that comes to mind.
Tel (1) (916) 706-1738
Revolution Wines celebrates the “Sacramento terroir” sourcing grapes grown within 50 miles of town, transporting them to the Revolution facility located in midtown where they are processed, aged, bottled and sold. Their Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg is considered one of the best in the area and their top seller. The addition of the Bistro, tasting room and patio invites you to experience what Revolution Wines is about. Without having to go to Napa or Amador, who would have thought that Sacramento has its own urban winery?
Tel (1) (916)-444-7711
HOT ITALIAN Pizza & Panini Bar
Anything and everything Italian can be found in this black and white eco-chic decor pizzeria in midtown. From its wood fired tiled oven, authentic thin crust pizzas, panini, and calzones are produced. Meats imported from Italy or locally-sourced seasonal ingredients make their pizza creations flavorful and make you want to come back for more. Owners Andrea Lepore and Fabrizio Cercatore brought their vision of having a place where great tasting pizza can bring people together and experience Italy’s new generation of art music, design, sport, food and wine. You can’t leave Hot Italian without sampling their in-house gelato bar or browse their Motors and Gears shop where you can find Italian inspired sportswear and accessories for cyclists. I picked up a pin that read “Pizza as Art.” It was quite indicative that this is how Hot Italian approach and feel about their food.
Tel (1) (916) 444-3000
Devine Gelateria & Cafe
Just coming back from Italy this past summer, I knew it would be awhile before I would have Italian made gelato but when I stepped into Devine Gelateria I knew I was in a special place! Having studied gelato making in Italy and a California licensed pasteurizer, owner Elizabeth McCleary creates authentic Italian gelato made with a base prepared onsite. She uses all local sourced ingredients including seasonal fruits, milk and coffee beans for their gelato and sorbetto and their flavors change daily. Their gelato creations include caramel with sea salt, pistachio, marscapone, honey lemon almond, and my favorite, lavender with honey caramel just to name a few. Sorbetto flavors such as strawberry blood orange and black tea lemonade made me undecided if I want gelato or sorbetto. Knowing that I can go to midtown Sacramento to get gelato like I’m in Italy makes me feel Devine.
Tel (1) (916) 446-0600
Track 7 Brewing Co.
This brewery warehouse is located by the old Western Pacific railroad tracks, west of Curtis Park and hence the selection of the name Track 7 Brewing Co. which recognizes how the railroad is a part Sacramento’s rich history. Ryan and Jeanna Graham and Geoff and Rebecca Scott started this unique and artisanal beer brewery creating varietal styles of beer such as the Alkaline Wit, Bee Line Blonde and Panic IPA and can be sampled and enjoyed in their taproom. Picnic tables are set up in the warehouse to enjoy their beers and food trucks frequently are outside to enjoy your brew with some grub. Looks like Track 7 Brewing Co. is making its own tracks in Sacramento.
Tel (1) (916) 520-4677
Enotria Restaurant Winebar
Enotria has been causing quite a stir on the Sacramento food scene. Executive Chef Pajo Bruich and Anani Lawson are the starring players in elevating Enotria in the spotlight. Located in North Sacramento in the art district off of Del Paso Boulevard, its newly renovated winebar, courtyard and brand new finishes in the original restaurant enhanced the dining experience. Chef Pajo and his culinary team prepare artistic gastronomic contemporary California cuisine with fresh, local ingredients and change the menu seasonally. Enotria is about interesting wines matched perfectly with food and the charm and personality of the service staff makes Enotria such a special place. The food is fantastic. The service is fantastic. But the people who provide both are truly remarkable.
Tel 1 (916) 922-6792