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Caffe Italiano Ristorante, Fair Oaks, CA

Caffe Italiano Ristorante

4.6
4.6
177 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Authentic Italian cuisine in Fair Oaks. We use the freshest ingredients and provide the best service. We look forward to seeing you!

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2 people

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Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (916) 436-4037

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    SERGIO MIRABELLI

  • Neighborhood

    Fair Oaks

  • Cross street

    fair oaks av

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Caffe Menu

Antipasti

  • Prosciutto and Burrata$18.00

    Prosciutto di Parma and burrata cheese

    • Caprese$16.00

      Fresh tomato, mozzarella and basil

      Insalate

      • Insalata Toscana

        Spring mix, apples and shaved Parmigiano tossed in a lemon-parmesan dressing

        • Small$8.00
        • Large$16.00
      • Insalata di Pere e Gorgonzola

        Organic Spring mix, caramel walnuts, pears in gorgonzola dressing

        • Small$8.00
        • Large$16.00
      • Insalata di Cesare

        Romaine and house Cesar dressing topped with shaved Parmigiano cheese

        • Small$8.00
        • Large$16.00
      • Insalata Mista

        Organic Spring mix salad with vinaigrette dressing and shaved Parmigiano cheese

        • Small$8.00
        • Large$16.00

      Secondi Piatti

      • Veal Parmigiana$26.00

        Breaded Veal baked with marinara and mozzarella cheese

        • Veal Marsala$26.00

          Veal sauteed with Marsala wine sauce

          • Veal Piccata$26.00

            Veal sautéed with lemon, butter and caper sauce

            Pollo

            • Pollo Marsala$24.00

              Chicken sauteed with Marsala wine sauce

              • Pollo Piccata$24.00

                Chicken sauteed with Iemono butter and caper sauce

                • Pollo alla Parmigiana$24.00

                  Breaded chicken breast with marinara and mozzarella cheese

                  Primi Piatti

                  • Spaghetti Pomodoro e Basilico$17.00

                    San Marzano tomato sauce with fresh basil

                    • Spaghetti con Polpette$19.00

                      Spaghetti with 100% beef homemade meatballs

                      • Gnocchi Bolognese$19.00

                        Homemade potato dumplings with Bolognese sauce

                        • Tortellini Panna e Prosciutto$19.00

                          Cheese Tortellini with prosciutto in a cream sauce

                          • Lasagna$19.00

                            Meat and bechamel lasagna

                            • Fettuccine Bolognese$18.00

                              Fettuccine with Bolognese sauce

                              • Ravioli al Formaggio$19.00

                                Ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach in marinara sauce

                                • Penne alla Salsiccia$18.00

                                  Penne pasta with Italian sausage in tomato sauce

                                  • Penne Mare e Monti$23.00

                                    Penne pasta with prawns and chicken in pesto sauce

                                    White Wine Glass

                                    • House Chardonnay$12.00

                                      • Hose Pinot Grigio$12.00

                                        • Prosecco

                                          • 175cl$15.00
                                        • House Sauvignon Blanc$12.00

                                          Red Wine Glass

                                          • House Chianti$12.00

                                            • House Merlot$12.00

                                              • House Sangiovese$12.00

                                                • House Cabernet$12.00

                                                  • House Malbec$12.00

                                                    Last updated: February 8, 2022

                                                    What 177 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                    4.6
                                                    4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                    • 4.6Food
                                                    • 4.9Service
                                                    • 4.4Ambience
                                                    • 4.4Value

                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                    • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

                                                      Italian

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                                                    • Sacramento

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                                                      RobertO

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      The service and food was amazing and I highly recommend to everyone for any occasion

                                                    2. J

                                                      Jennifer

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Excellent food, fantastic service. Food was pricey, but everything has gone up. We ate on the outside patio which is unfortunately right next to the parking lot, so there was some street noise and no privacy. It was a lovely special occasion meal for us.

                                                    3. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Went for Mother’s Day - which is notorious for crowds and over bookings. Cafe Italiano was mobbed - and for good reason. Our table was ready when we arrived. The service was friendly and attentive without being overwhelming. The food was excellent despite the diversity of the dishes our party ordered. Salmon piccata. Seafood spaghetti. Lamb shank. Chicken parm. All delicious and served hot. The wine was delicious too tho the one list could’ve been more descriptive and saved me from having to Google the varietals. The decor is homey but nothing amazing. Comfortable and relaxed. This was our first time but definitely won’t be our last!!

                                                    4. AH

                                                      AllisonH

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      9 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      9 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Went for a early Mother’s Day dinner. Great food and service. Fun atmosphere. Great for family’s. The kids loved the spaghetti.

                                                    5. m

                                                      michaelf

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Lovely small restaurant. Staff is EXCELLENT and very helpful. Good variety of daily specials, as well as a good regular menu. Desert menu was awesome. The house Chianti was perfect.

                                                    6. G

                                                      Gusto

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience2

                                                      It was just okay. We expected more, but like their marinara, it was just okay.

                                                    7. TG

                                                      ThomasG

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Great meal. We have never been disappointed with the Caffe Italiano Ristorante. Sergio, the owner is first class. We are so glad he opened this restaurant. My wife had the Veal Parmigiana and it was amazing, the best she has ever had.

                                                    8. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      25 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      25 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                      Server was great. Very helpful in making our selections. The owner was also very cordial and asked if we knew anyone that might like to work there.

                                                    9. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      19 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      19 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      This was a really enjoyable experience. The staff is kind and makes you feel like family. It is almost impossible to not be happy here. The food was superb and a very nice wine selection. This will be my go-to place for Italian food when I want to feel good!

                                                    10. AN

                                                      AnNitaK

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on April 11, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Wonderful dining experience! Cafe Italiano exceeded our expectations from the moment we entered to appetizers, entrees and desserts. Warm family-owned atmosphere friendly, knowledgeable service and we always gauge an Italian restaurant by the tenderness of their meatballs and flavor of their Bolognese and marsala sauces... all of it is delightful. We can't wait to enjoy their hospitality again!

                                                    11. KH

                                                      KimiH

                                                      Hawaii

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great food and great staff. You won’t be disappointed. My brother said it was the best lasagna he ever had!

                                                    12. JF

                                                      JohnF

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Wonderful time. Food was delicious. Really great atmosphere. Perfect portions and wine was good.

                                                    13. P

                                                      Pedro

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      69 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      69 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Simple said, the food and service was excellent. We will be back.

                                                    14. BB

                                                      BrookeB

                                                      San Francisco

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Love this place! Great food, staff and location. I will return again!

                                                    15. CW

                                                      ChristinaW

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      9 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      9 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      A great hidden treasure. Delicious food and wonderful staff.

                                                    16. RO

                                                      RobertO

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 8, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      The food and service is wonderful. It is very authentic Italian. We highly recommend this place.

                                                    17. S

                                                      Sara

                                                      New York Area

                                                      12 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      12 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 6, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Everything at this restaurant is delicious and the service is top-notch

                                                    18. RN

                                                      RockNRo

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                      Pros: great efficient and friendly service by owner and all of the wait staff. Enjoyed the fried calamari appetizer, pear gorgonzola salad, gnocchi and tiramisu. Cons: tables close to each other so it's noisy, uncomfortable wood chairs. Lasagna was meh, risotto mare was fishy, prosciutto melon was tasteless. Prices are high for portion size ($21 for calamari, $18 for 3 slices of melon). All desserts are $10. Corkage $18. I may try it again on a weeknight when it's not crowded

                                                    19. PP

                                                      PeterP

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                      Amy the server was excellent! She was very friendly, attentive and very pleasant. However, at the end of the meal the manager/owner was kind of surly and we felt like we were being rushed. There were people waiting but we didn’t feel as though we were overstaying and hoarding the table. We had spent 100$, including a bottle of wine, desert 2 salads however we split a large entree. The manager was hovering and tried to empty the bottle of wine in my glass when I didn’t want anymore. When I quickly told him to stop pouring he was kind of indignant and walked away. He was just generally abrupt and really made us feel like we needed to “wrap it up” and vacate the table. We like this restaurant and will likely go back. But I will share my my disappointment regarding this last visit and hopefully get an acknowledgment. Respectfully Peter Phelps

                                                    20. N

                                                      Nan18

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      31 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      31 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      We are big fans of Sergio and glad to see how successful the restaurant is. We brought our daughter-in-law who had not dined here before. She enjoyed the wild boar for the first time. I had the lamb shank which was delicious, as usual. Finally, my husband had the veal Marsala. He said it was the best ever. There was a full house when we went on Friday night. My advice to those who haven’t tried this restaurant would be to make reservations before you go and then go and enjoy the food. Even though the restaurant was very busy, there was sufficient wait staff that the food was served without a long wait. There was a $30 bottle of Malbec as a wine special. It was quite nice.

                                                    21. DP

                                                      DavidP

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 24, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                      We were warmly greeted and served by an outstanding waiter. My wife had the special Wild Boar Oso Bucco and I had the Veal Piccata - both were excellent as was the Caesar Salad.

                                                    22. JM

                                                      JamieM

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 21, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      We had a lovely dinner. The food was delicious, the wait staff very accommodating, and the desserts out of this world!

                                                    23. P

                                                      Pedro

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      69 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      69 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The food and service were excellent. I had the wild boar shank with risotto and it was delicious. My wife had the risotto mare and she enjoyed it very much. our server Sergio was enthusiastic and provided excellent service. We are looking forward to trying the homemade pasta next time as we will be back.

                                                    24. FA

                                                      FoodsnobAl

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      As always consistent as ever..True Italian family run and authentic Italian homemade food! All their homemade pasta dishes are awesome! Lasagna is my go to though!

                                                    25. RL

                                                      RichardL

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      great food, great service, great to have in our neighborhood

                                                    26. N

                                                      Nonickname

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      113 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      113 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 18, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                      Our pasta dishes were very good and well presented. Our waitress made sure we were able to finish our first courses before our entrees, hooray! First courses were a little week would try another first course next time. Overall was a good meal will return.

                                                    27. PA

                                                      PamA

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      So delicious. They were very busy and still had amazing service.

                                                    28. q

                                                      qbuzz

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      20 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      20 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                      Everything was fine. Food was decent. It was Valentine’s Day so they were packed and a little under staffed.

                                                    29. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Good food and good service

                                                    30. v

                                                      vinofyl

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      85 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      85 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                      We chose to come back to this restaurant for Valentine's Day because they have always offered excellent veal dishes, however this time the veal Marsala was disappointing. It was cut much thinner than previously and it seemed to lack much Marsala flavor. Wines by the glass are limited to "house wines" that are mediocre at best, but still $12 a glass. Service was a bit slower than usual and prices had gone up from the last time we dined here. All in all, it was not up to previous standards.

                                                    31. T

                                                      Tom1947

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      25 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      25 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Food was excellent as was the service.

                                                    32. m

                                                      marks

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      1.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                      overall1food1service4ambience4

                                                      How can Italians serve food like this? Tried to contact management by email with no response.

                                                    33. GS

                                                      GingerSnap

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 2, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      This is our fourth time eating here. The food is excellent and service is good. It’s a family run restaurant.

                                                    34. FA

                                                      FoodsnobAl

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 30, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Loved all the dishes we've had..My favorite is the Fresh Homemade Lasagna! If you love Wild Boar Osso Bucca or never had like me WOW ! It is delicious and huge portion. Wife had and I got an awesome sandwich out of the leftover the next day!! Being an 63 year old Italian and Lasagna and food snob I rate this place #1 Italian restaurant in Northern California!

                                                    35. AS

                                                      AmbienceSeeker

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      18 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      18 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 30, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                      It was very crowded but the service was timely. I appreciated the number of servers and the attention we received. The food and ambiance were both very good. I would definitely return to this restaurant.

                                                    36. ND

                                                      NatalieD

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 25, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Hidden gem! Excellent food. Definitely recommend!

                                                    37. LM

                                                      LyndaM

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 23, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Wonderul experience. Had the best server sharing his life in Sicily with us. Chose a delicious wine for us. Food and ambiance was wonderful. Great neighborhood restaurant. We will return again and again!

                                                    38. BS

                                                      BruceS

                                                      Central Coast

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 22, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Service and food were great. Take out available too.

                                                    39. c

                                                      catonalamp

                                                      Sacramento

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 22, 2022

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                      We are regular patrons, so we enjoy coming here. The service is excellent and very attentive. The Caesar salad was very good and the large serving was a perfect appetizer for our table of 4. The entrees were mixed. The butternut squash ravioli and the risotto mare were excellent, but the salmon piccata was disappointing in its presentation and accompaniment of the smallest amount of barely dressed pasta, though with a good vegetable mixture like ratatouille., again in a small amount. For the price, we expected a plate more in keeping with the customary generous portions we have had in the past. The last time we had the salmon it was wonderful and plentiful. It's a mystery why this successful dish has been changed. We will continue to come frequently and enjoy the varied menu. Hopefully the salmon will change back to what it used to be.

                                                    40. E

                                                      Empty

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 21, 2022

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Food was fantastic and service was great. Will definitely go again.

                                                    FAQs

                                                    Caffe Italiano Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 436-4037.

                                                    Caffe Italiano Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 177 OpenTable diners.

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                                                    Booked 6 times today
                                                    Google Map for Caffe Italiano Ristorante

                                                    8112 Madison Ave Fair Oaks, CA 95628

                                                    Additional information

                                                    • Cross street

                                                      fair oaks av

                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                      Fair Oaks

                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                      Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                    • Cuisines

                                                      Italian

                                                    • Dining style

                                                      Casual Dining

                                                    • Dress code

                                                      Casual Dress

                                                    • Parking details

                                                      Public Lot

                                                    • Payment options

                                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                    • Executive chef

                                                      SERGIO MIRABELLI

                                                    • Additional

                                                      Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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