After enjoying a leisurely stroll around the art and music festival in Fremont Park, I popped into the bar of Hot Italian restaurant for a pizza. This yummy pie was the special of the day: mozzarella, gorgonzola, figs, prosciutto, and balsamic reduction. The first bite reminded me of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (in a good way). The pizza could easily serve 2 people or 3 if you also had a salad. The crust is very thin, but tasty. It is not cheap: $20 with tax and tip, no beverages. After eating a few slices and wrapping up the others to go, I was ready to pedal on. They also have lots and lots of bike parking, although the vertical bicycle parking structures are awkward for my heavy one-speed beach cruiser with baskets.
It is a fun atmosphere with lots of different seating options. It is a great place for a group. Or you can sit at the bar if you are one or two people. I have tried it three times now and each time the pizza has been very satisfying. The mood and atmosphere was dominated more by who I was with than the crowd at the restaurant and lunch is more laid back than the busy evenings. So pick your company carefully and keep your eyes open for a hot Italian.
1627 16th Street, Sacramento, California/916-444-3000