The Midtown hot-dog haven offers a dazzling display of bun-clad hot-dog and sausage dinners. The menu boasts 10 types of links, including the basic beef frankfurter ($3.49), a Polish sausage ($4.69), a steamed vegan dog ($3.49), and a crispy corn dog ($2.59, available in vegetarian, too). Customize your dining delight with any of Capitol Dawg's 45 plus toppings (up to $1.50 each) or opt for one of the specialty dogs, such as the Tesla Dawg ($4.19), loaded with mustard, chili, and onions, or the El Senador Dawg ($5.59), a Sonoran-style bacon-wrapped dog nestled under a cozy blanket of pinto beans, cheese, jalapeños, grilled onions, and chopped fresh veggies. Dogs can also be paired with french fries and a fountain drink to form a mighty meal ($7.39+) or matched with one of their succulent sides, such as beer-battered onion rings ($3.49) or sweet-potato fries ($3.49) for a customized creation.
Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse pairs handcrafted brews with a menu of specialty pizzas, pastas, burgers, and salads. The six different beers on offer include the Old Town Red—a malty, ruby-colored brew—a traditional Bavarian wheat ale, and the Uptown Blonde. Along with the eatery’s signature pies, guests can sample popular entrees such as house-made lasagna, New York steak, and fish and chips—a dish native to the United Kingdom, where French fries are called “chips” and chips are called “lorries.”
Streets of London Pub harks back to traditional London pubs with ice-cold pints and ample coverage of rugby and soccer. On the menu of hearty English fare, fries in the witness-protection program call themselves "chips" and lay low under toppings such as gravy, cheese and beans, or cheese and bacon, or pair up with fish in a platter of classic fish 'n' chips. The bangers-and-mash meal allows thick, juicy sausages to snuggle up on a hill of mashed potatoes. Along with food, the pub dishes out events; diners can throw back Guinnesses during weekly pub quizzes, compete for everlasting fame during monthly bingo tournaments, or stop in for Pint Night to enjoy pints on the outdoor patio.
What started as a hobby for Biba Caggiano became a culinary career when she relocated to Sacramento with her family in 1969. During the move, she brought along a practiced knowledge of Old World cuisine, which she gleaned from her mother while growing up in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. After teaching a handful of classes at a local cooking school, she began fully dedicating herself to gastronomic pursuits, publishing cookbooks of her signature recipes, studying culinary traditions throughout Italy, and hosting an internationally syndicated cooking show, Biba's Italian Kitchen.
She opened Biba Restaurant in 1986, devising a menu of authentic Italian cuisine that changes seasonally, much like a snowman’s ability to survive. Her chefs blanch homemade pastas, pan-roast sea bass, and braise veal shanks for an osso buco alla milanese that Frommer's proclaimed as "excellent." With a commitment to freshness, Biba sources her ingredients from local farmers and producers, including Del Rio Botanical and Ports Seafood.
The menus brim with refined dishes, and the décor to "make [diners] feel instantly at home." In addition to its yellow walls, the recently renovated main dining room, according to the Sacramento Press, features hand-painted Italian silk sconces and crema marfil marble.
Red and cream-colored walls, dark woods, and a cozy fireplace flank the genuine family paintings and antiques in de Vere's spacious dining area, suffusing it with the lively, lighthearted atmosphere of a true Irish pub. Friendly, attentive servers serve up hearty Irish fare for lunch and dinner. Scarf down traditional dishes like the fish and chips, the bangers and mash, or the Irish stew—which harbors tender, whiskey-braised beef—and stick around for Irish music Sundays and a host of other events.
Although Pronto's pork is slow-cooked, guests don't have to wait long before scooping it up with some fusilli pasta and habanero pesto. That's because the restaurant is something of a paradox: a homestyle, from-scratch Italian eatery with swift counter-service. Its menu hosts classic dishes that could be found in any Tuscan villa—chicken parmesan and fettuccine alfredo—alongside signature inventions, such as soft herb polenta bowls dappled with meatballs and marinara. Lunchtime paninis and brunch scrambles contrast dinner entrees such as bacon-wrapped meatloaf and five-cheese lasagna. Also on-site, Uncle Vito's sells New York–style pizza by the slice to customers who are tired of buying the entire pie, eating one slice, and cramming the leftovers into their pet goldfish's bowl.