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I'm always looking for good pizza, and luckily, I live close to Masullo. But you can't always have the same style of pizza all the time. Luckily, Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson has another suggestion.

Ruffaine is the genuine article, and his pizzas are the pies of honest-to-goodness New York. His 15 varieties range from good (the pesto) to great (the Don Giovanni with peppers and sausage) to sensational (the sauceless Pizza Rustica with salami, peppers, ricotta salata, mozzarella and spinach). The stromboli is no slouch, either – I loved it. It's a thick, almost puffy dough stuffed with sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, salami and some really tasty ham. While this is a family-oriented pizzeria, there is a nice selection of beers on tap, including Giovanni's proprietary amber ale and stout for $3.95 a mug or $11.95 for a pitcher. Wine by the glass is just $3.95.

The man who stands behind these New York creations started working in Brooklyn pizzerias by the age of 8, watching and learning at the feet of the masters. Sometimes they demonstrated. Sometimes they yelled. But it all sunk in. Ruffaine never lost his passion for pizza, his love for New York or his Brooklyn way with the English language.

These days, Ruffaine, who moved to Sacramento 14 years ago to be closer to his parents, still does things the right way, the New York way. He's old school. Part artisan, part obsessive compulsive, Ruffaine makes the dough, the sauce, the dressings for the salads, all of it from scratch each day.

Giovanni's has locations in Land Park and East Sac.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

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