Rome: Looking for a mouth-watering Italian meal near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best
high-end Italian restaurants around Sacramento, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fill the bill.
The Waterboy: Topping the list is The Waterboy, located at 2000 Capitol Ave. in Midtown. The wine bar,
French and Italian spot is the highest-rated high-end Italian restaurant in Sacramento, boasting four stars out of 814 reviews on Yelp.
The restaurant serves seasonal dishes with local ingredients grown in the Sacramento Valley. Expect to find appetizers like marinated olives and deviled eggs with bacon, watercress and cucumber relish. Entrees
include wild salmon with baby beets and sea scallop salsa, as well as Rick’s Deluxe Burger with white cheddar and crispy fried onions.
Craving something sweet? Be sure to dig into treats like the local peach crostata with sweet cream ice cream
and salted caramel.
- Biba: Next up is Midtown/Winn Park/Capital Avenue’s Biba, situated at 2801 Capitol Ave. With four stars
out of 594 reviews on Yelp, the Italian spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking to indulge.
Founded in 1986, Biba offers Italian cuisine, along with a large selection of fine wines. Expect to find such
appetizers as calamari fritti and deep-fried Monterey Bay squid; when it comes to entrees, this spot offers
dishes like the pollo al mattone — a marinated Cornish hen. A variety of pastas, soups and salads are also on
- Allora: East Sacramento’s Allora, located at 5215 Folsom Blvd., is another top choice. Yelpers give the
fancy wine bar, Italian and seafood spot four stars out of 193 reviews.
The modern Italian seafood and wine bar offers a seasonal menu, which features hand-made pasta and locally sourced ingredients. Start off with a small plate of artisanal cheese, and end with lobster fettuccine. The restaurant also offers vegetarian and vegan options like the gnocchi alla Romana with burrata, smoked carrot,
parsnip and parmesan.