Pizza. Pasta. Tiramisu.

These popular Italian delicacies and dishes are traced back generations. And around the world, these traditional eats are loved for their authentic origins and abundance of flavor.

Getting hungry? You’re in luck, because a little taste of Italy isn’t far away. All you need to do is visit one of these restaurants, which are all conveniently located in and near Placer County.

La Fornaretta (Newcastle)

This restaurant bills itself as authentic Sicilian dining.

Since 1999, the restaurant has prepared its foods from scratch and with the finest ingredients, importing them from Italy and using local merchants for the freshest meats and produce.

Located in Newcastle, La Fornaretta serves up more than a dozen pizza pies, which are made with a “secret” homemade pizza dough recipe that’s stayed with the family for decades. Some highlights on the pizza menu include the “Pizza del Pastore” (sauce and cheese), “Mt. Etna” (pepperoni and green onions), and “The Combo” (salami, pepperoni, artichokes, mushrooms and green onions).

Penne alla Norma, Penne Napoletana, Fresh Clams over Linguini, Eggplant Parmigiana, and Fettucine Alfredo are some of the mouthwatering entrees that have thrilled patrons for decades.

The dining experience can be enjoyed in the outdoor patio or near the wine bar.

Vaiano Trattoria (Granite Bay)

At Vaiano Trattoria, things are kept simple. This restaurant specializes in the traditional cuisine of Tuscany. The result: simple dishes made to order using only fresh and fine ingredients.

The menu covers a lot of ground. From the antipasta, sweets and pasta, to the pizza and insalata, there’s much to enjoy with Vaiano Trattoria.

So twirl away with your fork and enjoy the “Spaghetti Aglio Olio,” “Spaghetti Meatballs,” or “Spaghetti Pomodoro e Mozzarella”. The pasta menu also includes penne, gnocchi, tortellini, linguine, and many others.

If you’re in the mood for pizza, enjoy one of the many hand-rolled pies, pizzeria-style. These include the “Pizza Vegetariana Bianca,” “Pizza Quattro Stagioni,” and the “Pizza Margherita”.

Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina (Rocklin)

For a family atmosphere combined with great Italian cooking, look no further than Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina.

From the moment you sit down, you will feel welcome. The complimentary focaccia bread with a balsamic vinegar and honey dip is just the beginning of fun culinary adventure with the entire gang.

You can mix things up and enjoy a meatball appetizer, a favorite among the regulars, then order one of the many toppings-heavy pizza, including cheese, pepperoni, pesto, or the “Pescatore.”

If you’re not blown away by the presentation, you will be once you taste some of the restaurant favorites, from a “Pappardelle Bolognese” to a “Linguine Scampi” – any dish is sure to please all the senses. The menu also includes a risotto, house lasagna, and spaghetti.

And when you’re looking for a more unique dining experience, try Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina’s three-course special for your enjoyment.

Buonarroti Ristorante (Lincoln)

Ready for a masterpiece in Italian cuisine? Then visit Buonarroti Ristorante.

Here, you’ll be able to take in the tastes, aromas, and passion of Italian culture and Old Italy.

This charming community is the perfect backdrop for the dining experience you’re sure to remember.

The “Deep Fried Ravioli” and “Baked Brie,” found on the appetizer portion, is the beginning of the journey. Some of the favorites are under the house specials, including “Veal Piccata,” “Pollo Buonarroti,” and lamb. For pastas, the eye-catching menu serves up traditional dishes like “Spaghetti,” served with its famous red sauce, and “Butternut Squash Ravioli,” made with creamy gorgonzola cheese sauce and candied walnuts. Pizza, including a Margherita, are a part of the menu.

Buon appetito e salute!

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