With the exception of the magnificent Biba’s, good Italian eatery’s are in short supply in Sacramento. Most of the popular Italian Restaurants are chains. The Olive Garden,and Buca De Beppo’s . All of the Macaroni Grill outlets have closed in the Sacramento Area.
On this outing, we chose the Johnny Carinos in Natomas. Even though the restaurant was half full, many tables were dirty. We waited while staff cleaned a table. The decor was a why bother. its seemed more pancake house than Italian.. Our waiter was very animated and positive. The bread arrived fresh and warm, the problem was there were six of us…and two small loaves. The salad’s slowly arrived the blue cheese was flavorful.
The Fettuccine Florentine, was watery, the sauce splashed about the bowl onto my clothing.
The Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza, seemed dry, the crust seems pre made.
The other dishes were bland….. but there never seemed to be enough bread.
The service was fair… our energetic waiter never asked how we were doing? Perhaps he knew….
No one wanted dessert, they simply wanted out..