For nearly 30 years, Rico’s Italian Pizza has been hitting the spot with hand-tossed pies anchored by gooey cheese, savory meats, and fresh produce. The Rico’s Special stands out from an array of pizzas with its edible raiment of salami, pepperoni, olives, mushrooms, and sausage. In addition to doughy creations, growling stomachs are rendered speechless by the restaurant’s tasty pastas, chicken wings, and hot baked sandwiches stuffed with pastrami, canadian bacon, and meatballs. Glasses of wine complement Rico’s italian cuisine, whereas frosty pitchers of ice-cold brews tickle upper lips like a prop Groucho Marx moustache.
Inside Rico’s Italian Pizza, diners can also fill up on entertainment via big-screen TV, jukebox, or arcade game. The restaurant’s catering packages help party planners provision offsite parties, school events, and corporate functions.
Napoli Culinary Academy founder and international chef Hassi Sadri—whose infinite pizza knowledge earned him the head judge position at the international pizza competition in Las Vegas—leads culinary initiates along with his staff during fun-filled cooking classes, whether for fun or to achieve a culinary-arts diploma. During hands-on classes, groups of students learn useful tidbits on how to cook a variety delectable dishes. Academy students along with professional executive chefs serve lunch and dinner in the Napoli Culinary Academy Café and cater special events while showing off skills crucial to their future careers as gourmet chefs, from carving meats to plating entrees.
It is not just the pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas that keep guests coming back to Pete's Restaurant and Brewhouse—the hand-crafted beers also play a major role, quenching thirsts with flavors ranging from the Uptown blonde’s light layers of honey to the highly hoppy profile of the Skinner’s Horse IPA. Pete’s team keeps meals in balance by offering food-and-beer-paring suggestions, assuring diners that the Midtown ale harmonizes with fish tacos and that the Old Town red—a malty, medium-bodied amber ale—improves coordination for slam-dunking meatballs.
Golden Gourmet Catering proprietor Liza Kilgariff schools students in culinary techniques and a smorgasbord of regional cuisines during three- to four-hour cooking classes. Technique-based Thrill of the Grill sessions instruct tyros in the art of cooking comestibles over a flame, seasoning meats, and penciling singed eyebrows back in. Alternatively, embark on a culinary voyage with Szechuan, Mandarin, Hunan, and Cantonese fare in the regional Chinese class series, or learn to bundle Chinese tea dumplings in a dim sum class. Before journeying back to their collective kitchens or wood-burning toaster ovens, students sup on menu samplings and receive copies of the recipes prepared; at many evening classes, they can also purchase wines supplied by Grocery Outlet (not included in today’s Groupon).
Caballo Blanco's menu is full of hearty Mexican dishes that have been honed over the course of the restaurant's 50 years. Diners can revive hibernating chewing muscles with complimentary flour chips, which, unlike corn chips, arrive in a basket rather than on a cob. Lunch and dinner combos cater to indecisive diners and feature edible groupings such as two cheese enchiladas and one beef taco ($10.95), and the chili colorado synthesizes savory ingredients including cubed beef, chili sauce, rice, and beans in one bowl-style hat ($10.75). Sea-favoring foodies can feast on the shrimp, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes of the camarones rancheros ($12.95), and all parties can revel in Caballo Blanco’s friendly atmosphere by confidently kazooing along to the dining room's culturally diverse playlist.
By the late 1940s, the world of customized cars was truly in its golden age, so it's not surprising that those enterprising mechanics wanted someplace to show off their hard work. Enter the Sacramento Autorama, which began bringing together the community of custom-car builders in 1951. Now one of the longest-running indoor car shows in the world, the Autorama continues to bolster Sacramento's status as one of the world's custom car capitals. Over the years, the show has showcased hot rods, muscle cars, and chrome creations from master designers ranging from George and Sam Barris to Boyd Coddington. This year's edition will be no different; hundreds of show vehicles will compete for show honors including the coveted Custom d’Elegance and King of Kustoms prizes and the "Big B" awards, which reward engineering ingenuity while honoring the memory of Sacramento customizers from years past.