I normally don't endorse places we eat, but this one was especially good. If you're in the Sacramento area or planning to visit Sacramento, I recommend you have dinner here.
We met our wine tasting friends at their home in Gold River for a little catching up and then dinner at Maranello Restaurant.
We started with appetizers of House Cut Truffle Asiago French Fries and Dungeness Crab and Brie Dip. I was full and ready to go home then, but wait! there's more.
For dinner I had house smoked chicken risotto. roasted summer squash, yellow corn, heirloom tomatoes (both yellow & red) and basil salsa, balsamic, black pepper marscapone.
My Wife had grilled prawns with Nueske's Applewood Bacon.
Our friends had the house special of the day. I can't tell you what it was, but it was raw. Some kind of Sashimi kind of thing. OK, I was nice. I didn't say anything about being raw and belonging on a hook.
Since I don't drink wine, the three of them split a nice Viognier from Cedarville in El Dorado County (right next to us) followed by a small glass of Port with dessert.
For dessert, I had Peaches and Cream Pie. It was more like a peach cake with ice cream. My Wife had Tiramisu and Ron had Chocolate Mousse. Suzanne had a spoon and some of each.
Sounds like a normal dinner except we (and we were the only ones that got this treatment) had a table visit by the restaurants General Manager and the Pastry Chef. Why they picked us, I have no clue, but it made us feel pretty special to be singled out.
When that happens to you, you have to let people know about the place. If you want to take a look, here's the URL.
So, if you're ever in the area, try it. You won't be disappointed.