Maranello had long been on my Fancy Restaurants to Try List. It gained a spot on my list after the Sac Bee, Sac News & Review and Sac Mag restaurant critics were unanimous in praising the restaurant. In fact, the Sac Bee restaurant critic said that chef Gabriel Glasier was "one of the finest chefs to ever grace the Sacramento-area restaurant scene."
So armed with a Groupon, my wife and I went made the trek out to the restaurant in Fair Oaks the weekend after Valentine's Day this year for a Special Event Meal. And at least to us, the restaurant didn't live up to the hype and it wasn't worth the 44 mile round trip from Downtown Sac.
There were flashes of brilliance in the food, but other dishes were imprescise. If the restaurant were closer, I'd probably give it another try since all restaurants have nights off, but at least to me, it wasn't worth another $7 in gas to possibly eat another uneven meal. The value of our meal, including tax and tip, was $140. (Our Groupon was $40 for $80.)
Given that, I'm glad to hear that they're tweaking things at the restaurant. Per their Facebook page:
To our Customers and Community: A NEW MARANELLO!
WE WILL BE CLOSED Monday, June 17th - Tuesday, June 18th for a remodel.
In order to create a more social, casual atmosphere, we have decided to remodel… the space, our menu and our name! Expect more small plates, the return of improved summer menu favorites, more bar seating, a larger selection of craft beer and cocktails with a stronger focus on local, seasonal ingredients and products. We cherish our community and want to be a fun place for neighbors, friends and family to gather over great food and drink. We are making these changes for you: our customers, our community. Whether you are a long-time customer, or haven't been in in a while, we hope that you will join us once again when we re-open in a few days!
Maranello's is also hosting a Grand Reopening party on Saturday, June 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring complementary bites, drink specials and live music. Visit their Facebook Page for more information on the event in the coming days.
Zonca assembles kitchen team for soon-to-open The Dime -
Noah Zonca, the former star chef at The Kitchen, is speeding toward
opening his new restaurant on L Street, The Dime, by the Fourth of July
weekend. Today, he announced the key players of his kitchen crew...There
has been some confusion about the actual name of this restaurant in the
1800 block of L Street. Some reports have had it as Capital Dime, while
others have called it The Dime. Which is it? When I asked Zonca, he
replied, "That's a good question," before being heard asking someone in
the distance at the restaurant. OK, it will be called The Dime. It rolls
off the tongue better than Capital Dime, which is the name of the LLC
(limited liabilty company). Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Try It: Rubicon’s Hot Wings - When I want to include
my pooch in a casual al fresco dining experience, I head to Rubicon
Brewing Company’s sidewalk patio, a congenial, shaded midtown spot where
you can stretch your legs, savor a freshly-brewed cold ale and tackle a
basket of the establishment’s messy, scrumptious hot wings. Tossed in a
sweetish red sauce that packs just the right amount of heat, the
satisfyingly oily wings are paired with crunchy carrot and celery sticks
and a soothing side of blue cheese dressing. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.