Pasta became a stable of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine at Rubino’s Restaurant in Rocklin.
Still glowing from being named the 2011 runner-up for Best Italian Restaurant by CityVoters, the community-minded resident chefs at Rubino’s Restaurant reach into the comfort-food canon and pull out the time-honored dishes that constitute their menu of Italian-American cuisine. Pin down appetites with a hefty starter bowl of clams or mussels sautéed in lemon butter and white-wine sauce ($10). Culinary sorcerers conjure house specialties such as sweetbreads that fraternize with mushrooms, white wine, and smatterings of marinara ($18) or lightly breaded veal parmigiana that dons a mozzarella-cheese cape as it stands heroically atop a pool of marinara sauce ($20). Twirl fork tines around one of Rubino’s old-fashioned pasta dishes, or nosh on seafood plates such as scalone, whose egg-battered patty of scallops and abalone gives diners the privilege of sampling seafaring flavors without the hassle of stealing Poseidon’s lunchbox ($20). A hefty, globetrotting wine list stands ready to wash down savory flavors.
Co-owners Christopher J. Rubino and Henry Carrillo Jr.—the original owners of Roseville's Bella Italia Bistro and Wine Bar—now train their eyes on Rocklin. Local publications and TV news programs have heaped multiple awards upon the eatery, which is designed to evoke the feel and taste of New York's Italian restaurants of the 40s and 50s.
Executive Chef Jesus Mendoza's plates present classic Italian dishes, such as spaghetti and meatballs, veal piccata, and chicken parmesan, and he pairs them with a wine list that spotlights California libations. Curtains and leather booths come together as an inviting dining room where guests savor their Continental lunches, Sunday brunches, and dinners. A banquet room accommodates larger groups, such as birthday parties and revolutionary movements. Mendoza and his team also cater.
Rubino's is guided not only by an old-fashioned sense of service and cuisine, but by a commitment to its community. In addition to belonging to the Rocklin and Roseville Chambers of Commerce, the establishment donates to local organizations, hosts benefits, and sponsors the Rocklin High School football team, whose cheerleaders wave pom-poms made of donated linguine.
5015 Pacific St.
Rocklin, California 95677Get Directions