A Look at Pizzerias in Sacramento, California
The three-unit Hot Italian is the first pizzeria in the country to receive the REAL Certified Food award from the United States Healthful Food Council for its commitment to setting new standards for food and responsible practices. Its pizza dough is made with an organic, non-GMO pizza flour created by co-founder Fabrizio Cercatore. Pizzas are Neapolitan style with California and Italian ingredients and each pizza is named after a “hot” Italian, like soccer superstar Fabio Cannavaro. (His pizza is a classic Margherita.) The Pantani features bresaola, arugula, mozzarella and shaved grana padano ($18.50). The Arcuri is topped with zucchini, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese and mozzarella ($16).
1627 16th St.
The five-unit pizzeria serves up three Windy City pies –– thin, deep dish and stuffed, as well as salads and wings. Salads are traditional and seasonal. The Grilled Pear salad has goat cheese, candied walnuts and a balsamic vinaigrette. A fiery favorite pizza is the Great Chicago Fire with hot Italian sausage, juicy Italian beef, Giardiniara peppers and a habanero drizzle. The bar menu features creative craft cocktails like the Chicago Linen with Bulleit bourbon, St. Germain, cucumber, lemon juice and ginger ale. The pizzeria offers an extensive beer and wine list and a Chicago Fire exclusively brewed beer, the Stockyard Red Ale.
614 Sutter St.
The East Sacramento neighborhood hangout boasts a chef-driven menu focused on local ingredients. Antipasto like the Frito Misto ($13) and Baked Polenta & Meatballs ($9) have garnered high praise in the area. Frito Misto features Gulf shrimp, seasoned vegetables, anchovies, chickpeas, lemon and aioli. The New Jersey Tomato Pie ($18) appears on the pizza menu. Rick’s pie is topped with mortadella, potatoes, caramelized onion, olives, chevre, fontina and salsa verde ($18). Main courses also include the OneSpeed Burger with sautéed onions, peppers, white cheddar, rosemary mayo and fries ($14).
4818 Folsom Blvd.
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