During that time, they took time to revamp the menu. Nick Deider, Piatti's director of operations who worked more than 5 years at the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group in Yountville where he worked at Bouchon and Ad Hoc, told the Sac Bee in December that, "We've refined things and updated the recipes. (The dishes) have gotten a lot simpler and much more flavorful. Our new chef is Lance Carlini, who was a chef at Scott's Seafood Grill and at High Steaks steakhouse at Thunder Valley Casino Resort."
Did it pay off? Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson didn't seem impressed.
We left our three recent visits to Piatti in the upscale Pavilions shopping center a bit baffled by the remodel and underwhelmed by the inconsistent food – some good, some misguided, some poorly executed, nothing excellent and little we'll ever remember.
The room, the cooking and the decent but unexceptional service don't go nearly far enough. Amid the many ups and downs, what's clear is that Piatti has fallen further behind the standards set by both the new and established restaurants in east Sacramento and midtown just a few miles away.
Piatti's does enough to qualify as a neighborhood restaurant for Italian cuisine ranging from marginal to good, but it certainly isn't the dining destination we anticipated.
Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.
Assembly on K to open in late March - Assembly, local restaurateur Randy Paragary's latest baby, is almost ready for visitors. "This is adult entertainment," Paragary said. "Other cities have ammenities like this and there isn't anything like that in downtown now." The concert venue at 10th and K streets is set to open Friday, March 22, said Callista Wengler, marketing director for Paragary Restaurant Group. Cover band Pop Fiction is set to perform at 10 p.m., and the night's show is free to the public, Wengler said. Karen Wilkinson in Sac Press.
SactoMoFo 6 food truck festival coming April 27 - Ah yes, it's starting to feel like spring, the sun's shining a bit more and Daylight Savings is about to start. You know what that means ... time for a food truck festival! SactoMoFo 6 is on board for April 27, and will be held once again at 6th and W streets in downtown Sacramento - the site of the Sunday farmers market. More than two dozen trucks from northern California are being booked, including such first-time SactoMoFo participants as Roli Roti. Many of the perennial favorites will also be whipping up their food truck fare, including Chando's Tacos, The Chairman and Krush Burger. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
BarWest - Normally, I would break each burger down individually for you but in this case it’s not necessary. All burgers had a similar quality and taste. Each burger was juicy and flavorful with a perfect soft buttery bun. There was an ample amount of quality cheese and the produce was excellent as well. Barwest puts a “special sauce” on their burgers which added to the character of the burger. Needless to say, the RoShamBurgers were very satisfied with our meal and would definitely recommend BARWEST for a future burger stop. On RoShamBurger.
Bubba Kababa: A Flair for Persian Fare - Despite the diverse fine dining explosion in our area over the last few years, there still seems to be an apparent lack of Middle Eastern cuisine, whose warm, distinct saffron-scented delicacies remains unrivaled (in my personal cuisine playbook) in the culinary world. That void, thankfully, is one restaurant smaller with the opening of Bubba Kababa, owned and operated by Mamad Nafissi and his wife, Lana, after retiring from a successful business career. Kelly Soderlund in Style Mag.
VIDEO: Taco Bell Doritos Taco - Cambi Brown was live at Taco Bell for the debut of the new Cool Ranch Doritos Tacos. On Good Day Sac.