Half Off at Masullo Pizza via Amazon Local


Once a year or so, Masullo gives you the opportunity to eat their amazing Neapolitan-style, wood-fired pizza at a discount.

Today's that day.

BTW: If you don't know why you should try Masullo, Chris Bianco, owner of Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, is one of America's pizza masters. Bianco said in 2012 that Masullo is one of his 11 favorite pizza places in the country.

Dining News: Introducing Dojo Burger Food Truck

Sacramento continues to attract new entrepreneur/chefs, working their way to owning their own brick and mortar restaurant. The latest is Dojo Burger, a brand new food truck serving "American food with an Asian twist" that launches in Feb.

Here's a quick Q and A with them.

1. What's the concept of Dojo Burger?

Dojo Burgers concept is two parts  . The first is to make restaurant quality food that we can serve at an approachable price from our food truck while making everything possible from scratch. From our signature Dojo Sauce to our Garlic Ginger Aioli nothing goes from a can to our burgers.

Second part is we want to make classic American food with an Asian twist.

2. Who are the owners? Any restaurant experience?

Joshua Gold -Owner . Kevin Lee - Executive Chef . We both worked at Broderick's in West Sacramento prior to starting Dojo Burger

3. Why start a food truck?

Our original idea and business plan was to open a brick and mortar restaurant here in Elk Grove but that was looking at 3 years out. We were discussing how we could build a following prior to opening  and we both decided on a starting a food truck with the goal of opening a restaurant in the next 2 years.

Kevin Lee and myself  love the idea of being able to provide something unique to the Sacramento food truck scene. We hand cut our own fries , we pickle all our own vegetables , we buy the best possible breads, meats and cheeses. We serve food with a lot of labor involved because we know that the final product will be something completely unique but familiar to our customers

4. When will you launch?

Dojo Burger will be launching in February with a grand opening event in the first week of February.

5. What price point should we expect?

Our price point goes for as little as $3 for our hand cut fries to $11 for our Dojo Burger

6. Anything else we should know?

We have a goal for this year and that is to be in the Sacramento Burger Battle and win.

Dojo Burger will officially launch at Handcraft Brewing in Elk Grove on February 7th from 6 to 10 p.m.

They can be found online at

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Dining Deals: Half Off Masullo Pizza


Let's face it. You're going to Masullo over the next 6 months because it's delicious and you like great pizza. You might as well save money while eating their amazing Neapolitan-style, wood-fired pizza.

As a bonus, they've just started opening on Sundays, so you can enjoy a meal there 7 days a week. I've already bought 2 of these for myself.

Dining Deals: Masullo Pizza


Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson said that a pizza aficionado's search for great pizza "may well have reached new heights" after paying a visit to Masullo. To translate that, it's damn good pizza.

I love the place, and even spent a recent midweek Valentine's Day there. It's that good, and now you can get it half off.

Dining News: Why Noah Zonca Left The Kitchen & Why He Stayed in Sacramento


In a great piece in Sactown Magazine, Anita Chabria uncovers why former chef at The Kitchen left a dream gig, but and also why he didn't leave for greener pastures.

But he’s hardly the kid with his hands in the suds anymore. Growing older, the 37-year-old Zonca says, made him seriously consider the “scary” proposition of striking out on his own. “I knew that if I stayed until I was 40 I’d probably be there the rest of my life,” he adds. So he quit. With no plan.

He headed out of town to visit his mom in Wisconsin, then did a culinary tour of cities such as Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco. He realized he had options, “worldwide options,” he says. But he also has a son at Rio Americano High School, so he headed back to Sacramento, a place he describes as having “a small town kind of style because everybody knows everybody and I like that fact, but it’s still enough city for me."

Soon after coming home, Lobley, who had been trying for the past eight years to get Zonca to partner with him, got in touch. He managed to grab Zonca’s attention with The Dime (as insiders are abbreviating it) at 18th and L in the space formerly occupied by L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen, despite an offer from another restaurant group. At first, Zonca signed on as a consultant with a small ownership percentage, but quickly became a full partner and worked with Lobley to incorporate high-end foodie standards into a low-cost concept.

The story is a great read. Read the entire thing in Sactown Mag.

I recently paid a return to visit after my good but not great first visit. In the ensuing three months, the place has really improved. While I only sampled their happy hour fare, their cooking was more precise and their service had sharpened. I look forward to future visits, especially on their Wine Wednesdays.

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Dining News: Uber to Deliver Ice Cream on Friday in Sacramento

Uber, the company best known for letting you summon a town car through the use of their smartphone app, ocassionally holds events that I can only assume are more for PR value than anything else. Well, today, it worked.

The company is venturing outside its transportation roots to offer Ice Cream on demand through its app on Friday, July 19 in 33 cities -- including Sacramento.

For $20, you can get ice cream for 5 people. Sure, it's not as cheap as going down to Rite Aid for a scoop of ice cream, but they'll deliver it to you.

The ice cream trucks will be on the road from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They expect strong demand, so order early.

For more information, visit

If ice cream via Uber isn't your thing, there are actually a number of mobile vendors who sell sweet, cold treats, including Popcycle, a bicycle mobile ice cream delivery service, and Yogurt A Go Go's Treat on the Street.

* Edited to clarify that Popcycle does sell ice cream.

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Dining News: Sac Bee's Final Look Back at 2012


Just before we turn the page on 2012, the Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson published his year in review piece. A few highlights:

Restaurant that really flexed its muscles: Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar has elevated its game in nearly every conceivable way, so much so that it must be considered a serious contender as the area's best fine-dining restaurant...

Pizza and more pizza: Sacramento diners need to realize that in recent years we have become a seriously good pizza town. But when I set out to rank the best of the best, I literally bit off more than I could chew. In the end, Masullo topped my list, followed closely by Hot Italian, OneSpeed, Spataro, Matteo's and Pizza Rock...

Biggest ordering mistake: Months ago, I had the bright idea to compile a list of the best spicy-hot dishes in town. So I started at Shoki Ramen House. I ordered my usual "extra hot" tan tan men. But I wanted to compare it to the "super hot," so I got a bowl of that, too. I winced, I wept, I slurped, I slumped until I felt my lips had suffered second-degree burns. That story? Um, it's still on hold...

Read the entire, very entertaining article in the Sac Bee.

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