Luckily, Elk Grove has a few top spots for delicious Italian cuisine and flowing wine that pairs perfectly. Or for those fluent in Italian — “vino and cucina deliziosa” (said with pinched fingers and an ever so slight wrist movement.)
Here’s a look at some of our top choices for Italian restaurants in Elk Grove:
Packed with flavor, Paesanos dishes hit the nail on the head when it comes to your favorite Italian classics. Choose from pastas, pizzas, salads, and an extensive selection of wines and cocktails to enhance the experience. Better yet, Paesano’s has an entire gluten-free menu so our friends with dietary restrictions can also enjoy a night of pasta, bruschetta, and more.
Menu Must-Try: Bocce Balls- fried pizza dough topped with garlic butter, parmesan cheese, and basil.
2. Palermo Ristorante Italiano
For a romantic night out, head to Palermo Ristorante- one of the most authentic Italian spots around. The ambiance, service, and food will make you feel like you’ve been transported to your Italian grandmother’s kitchen for a family meal that feels like home. With classics like rigatoni meatballs, gnocchi del giorno, crab ravioli and cannolis for dessert, come with an empty stomach and be prepared to leave filled to the brim.
Menu Must-Try: Lasagna- layer upon layer of extra large noodles, meat, ricotta cheese, parmigiano cheese, romano cheese, and mozzarella cheese.
3. Todo Un Poco
Voted “Best Kept Secret” by Sacramento Magazine, we’re letting you in on a local favorite and one of Elk Grove’s hidden gems. For a modern twist on Italian, try Todo Un Poco. This family-owned restaurant pairs Mexican and Italian cuisines in a unique and refreshing menu. With creations like fettuccine alfredo ALA southwest, clams with chorizo, chicken mole tortellini and more, your tastebuds will truly be in for a culinary adventure with a dynamic array of flavors taken from both cultures.
Menu Must Try: Chicken and cilantro spaghetti- creamy cilantro sauce, chicken, garlic and parmesan cheese.
4. Brick House
There's something for everyone at the Brick House Elk Grove. This cozy restaurant whips up classic Italian dishes like three cheese ravioli, basil pesto pasta, and mushroom & pancetta risotto. Craving seafood? You'll be sure to find clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari, and seared salmon on the menu as well.
Menu Must-Try: The Farmers Special - large beef short rib stewed in an Italian wine sauce. Served with homemade pappardelle pasta or creamy polenta.
While there are a handful of local, family-owned Italian restaurants in the area, there are also a few family-friendly spots that we’ve all come to know and love:
Romano’s Macaroni Grille
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Palermo Ristorante Italiano
9632 Emerald Oaks Dr. Elk Grove, California 95624 (916) 686-1582 Website
Todo Un Poco
9080 Laguna Main St Elk Grove, California 95758 (916) 684-7774 Website
8519 Bond Rd. Elk Grove, California 95624 (916) 690-8646 Website