Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Irreverent Italian

July 1, 2011

We took off for Sacramento stopping first at Seton medical center where my mom works as a lab tech. She analyzed Aidan's urine. Ian dropped his test tube into the toilet and fished it out with his bare hand, urine was contaminated. She also showed the kids some bacteria under the microscope and introduced us to some co-workers

Donut Time
1235 Linda Mar Shopping Center
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 738-9888

was our next stop. My buttermilk bar was too dry, but the apple fritter was a thing of beauty. It had crisp edges, a moist chewy center, and lots of apple pieces. Emma ordered a custard-filled bar and the shop owner filled it right there in front of us.

Going through Bay Area traffic was bad, but not as bad as L.A. and the drivers are less aggressive in Northern California. We stopped at UC Davis. Collin went to UC Davis as a freshman in college and play soccer there. Their workout facility was awesome, way nicer than any other I’ve seen including Bucknell which also has a great facility.

More miles of California traffic fun later we made it to Elk Grove where Collin’s parents, John and April, and brother Aaron and his family live. We unloaded our stuff in their gorgeous house and set off for:

Buca di Beppo
1249 Howe Avenue
Sacramento, CA
(916) 922-6673

for April’s birthday dinner.

The place was a riot! It had kooky and irreverent photographs covering the walls as well as a room dedicated to the pope. You get to walk through the kitchen on your way to the table. The bathrooms had old advertisements for stockings or beauty aids.

The food was delicious and almost too filling. The meals are served family style. We ordered:
Mozzarella Garlic Bread—mozzarella cheese melted on top of Italian loaf brushed with garlic-infused olive oil, Parmesan cheese and fresh garlic.

Chicken Carbonara—Tender chicken breast, prosciutto and peas with imported Italian spaghetti tossed with creamy Alfredo sauce.

Chicken Saltimbocca—Sauteed chicken breasts layered with fresh sage and prosciutto, topped with artichoke hearts, lemon butter sauce, and capers.

Chicken Marsala—sautéed chicken breasts and fresh mushrooms in a sweet Marsala wine reduction.

Baked Ziti

A few of us ordered flavored lemonades. I ordered raspberry, Collin ordered strawberry, and Ian ordered purple pear. Ian’s was the best, it was really sweet and refreshing with a beautiful purple hue.

My favorites were the chicken carbonara and the chicken marsala. The chicken carbonara was very creamy with crisp prosciutto and fresh peas, kind of heavy to eat with all the other stuff. The Marsala wine reduction on the chicken was really sweet and the mushrooms were really plump and tender.

We also had chocolate cake for dessert. The waiters sang to April and came in carrying the cake and candelabra instead of sticking candles in the cake.