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I actually like it when critics disagree about a restaurant. It helps me figure out which critics I agree with, and which have different tastes than me.

The latest restaurant to face diametrically opposed reviews is Trio at 8th & J.

First, Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson gave Trio a very positive review in early April.

Her touch is apparent from the outset of the meal when the freshly baked pita arrives with a dipping sauce that looks so simple but turns out to be this great melding of disparate elements - Dijon mustard, jalapeños, duck pâté, a plethora of fresh herbs.

It's soothing, complex, original...

Perhaps the best appetizer of all is the eggplant Napoleon ($9). In the hands of a lesser talent, a dish like this could come off convoluted. But Blum continues to amaze, with layers of grilled eggplant, breadcrumbs, provolone, tomatoes, carrots, shallots, heirloom tomato sauce, white wine sauce and mozzarella. It's an excellent start to the meal as well as an introduction to Blum's approach to food.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

But since then, two searingly negative reviews have popped up. The Sac Rag opined two weeks ago that Trio was a "trainwreck." Sac News & Review's Garrett McCord agrees.

Most reviewers hate writing negative reviews—mostly because a restaurant is like someone’s child and is also a means of income.

That said, I cannot, in good conscience, allow anyone to willingly choose to eat at Trio Restaurant Bakery Market without giving them my two cents, as visits there have disappointed, and at times, left me livid.

McCord notes that both his review and (apparently) The Sac Rag's were of the same night. Maybe Trio had a bad night. Maybe the Sac Bee reviewer got lucky on his visits. Either way, since I hear they have a happy hour now, I'll stop by and give them a try myself.

Read his entire review in the Sac News & Review.

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Giovanni's Pizzerias roll back the price on the large cheese pie - Next month will be a good time for a taste test. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Folsom Boulevard restaurant, Ruffaine is rolling back the price of his large (16-inch) cheese pizza from $17.95 to $9.95 at both his stores. "If you add your favorite toppings, it's a good way to get a great deal," he said. The rollback program will run through June at the two Giovanni's pizzerias in Sacramento: 5924 S. Land Park Drive, (916) 393-7001; and 6200 Folsom Blvd., (916) 455-8831. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

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