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OBO’ Italian

By on September 5, 2016

obo frontMediterranean connoisseurs can find their own little piece of Italy at the corner of Folsom Boulevard and Seville Way in Sacramento.

By Kayla Webster

Teeming with the aromas of sweet basil and vine ripe tomatoes, OBO in east Sacramento offers guests an authentic Italian comfort food experience with a modern twist. It’s a place as unique as their chandelier—three rings of wooden paddles used for making brick oven pizza dangle over guests as they settle into the dining room.

A true family owned operation, the name OBO was coined from the Selland family’s youngest member—Owen Nelson, affectionately known by family members as Obo.

Founded just last year, OBO is becoming a standout amongst the other restaurants in the Selland Family Restaurant line—favored by families and local offices donning the area. Their menu features everything an Italian aficionado could possibly ask for.

Traditional favorites like Ravioli receive a contemporary upgrade –the pockets are stuffed with a generous mixture of ricotta and goat cheese, the pasta adorned with black olive butter and garnished with green onion.

Pasta lovers can also venture out with less commonplace creations like the delightful Bucatini Puttanesca, a pasta dish garlanded with sundried tomato, curled black olives, anchovy, garlic, chili oil, and topped off with bread crumbs.

They also offer the always crowd-pleasing pizza; and while they have a unique selection of topping combinations, a restaurant’s pizza can be measured by how well they pull off a simple, iconic classic. The Margherita pizza is a stunner, a deceptively simple dish that is guaranteed to make the taste buds sing—fresh, soft mozzarella is melted atop a sauce of mouthwatering sun ripened tomatoes, crowned with fresh basil leaves.

Diners looking for something well off the beaten path can embark on a creative journey with the Gorgonzola Dolce, featuring onions, prosciutto, and radicchio garnished with earthy rosemary and drizzled with amber honey.

They also offer a wide array of sandwiches, soups, and salad; but perhaps most impressive is their concern for patrons with dietary restrictions. They offer countless vegetarian options for practically every kind of meal, all served with seasonal fresh vegetables. Those suffering from Celiac disease can rest assure they won’t have to miss out on Italian favorites—OBO offers gluten-free pizza crust and sandwich bread upon request.

Customers caobo 3n enjoy their exquisite Italian cuisine with a lovely wine pairing, be sure to ask your server for recommendations. Those preferring to enjoy their dinner with a pint can enjoy a large on-tap selection of local Sacramento brews like New Glory Brewery, Sactown Union Brewery, and Mraz Brewing Co., as well as some regional brands from Roseville and Auburn. Guests in the spirit for a cocktail can savor a variety of libations, including a popular Bellini, or the unique Blood Orange Margarita.

Guests can end their experience on a sweet note by indulging in OBO’s cornucopia of traditional Italian desserts like an espresso soaked Tiramisu dusted with cocoa powder, or a creamy Panna Cotta in maple or Amarena Cherry—just to name a few. However, those unable to consume anymore delectable delicacies can always opt to take home an assortment of Italian wedding cookies.

Come enjoy this relaxed, laid back atmosphere for a light lunch or special family dinner. They also offer a variety of catering services to make your next party or office event a smashing success.

The restaurant is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and closed on Sundays and Mondays. They do not accept reservations. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building and across the street. FOR MORE INFORMATION: OBO 3145 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento (916) 822-8720

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