Dine Downtown Preview: IL Fornaio

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

 

A few weeks ago Kachet, Ashley and  I got to preview the menu at IL Fornaio for the annual Dine Downtown Sacramento event that is starting next Friday!! I have never been to IL Fornaio before, which is really a shocker since I LOVE Italian, but let me tell you, everything you see below was amazinggg!! I am sooo excited to share this post with you all today! Everything you see below will be included in the Dine Downtown menu! This is a set pre-fixed menufor only 35.00! More on that in a bit! Let me get into all this yummy food first!!

Drinks & Appetizers

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

I always order a G&T when I go out and Kachet had some Champs!!

Our apps were as follows:

Baby squid, lightly floured & deep fried, served with spicy marinara

Pizza: Mozzarella, ham, artichokes, mushrooms, kalamata olives, oregano & tomato sauce

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

 

Main Courses & Salads

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

Patrick!! The best host and manager! He was so lovely and made us feel right at home during our visit!

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

Salads:

Mixed greens, garlic croutons & shaved Grana Padano; house vinaigrette 

Organic red & gold beets with red wine vinegar, wild arugula, toasted walnuts & Asiago cheese; lemon-olive oil dressing

 

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

POLLO TOSCANO 
Free-range chicken seasoned with rosemary; served with sautéed seasonal vegetables & mashed potatoes
BRASATO AL VINO ROSSO* 
Short ribs braised with root vegetables, pancetta & red wine; served with mashed potatoes & sautéed organic spinach

 

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

Dessert:

TIRAMISÙ 
Treviso-style tiramisù with ladyfingers soaked in rum & espresso, layered with mascarpone & topped with a dusting of cocoa powder 
SOFFIATO AL CIOCCOLATO 
Almond hazelnut chocolate cake served warm, topped with caramel-sea salt gelato 

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

OOTN:

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

IL Fornaio Dine Downtown Menu: Dine Downtown returns to Sacramento Jan. 12-21. Experience the best of Sacramento's gourmet food for just 35.00.

The 13th annual Dine Downtown Restaurant Week  has returned and begins January 12-21, 2018. Over 30 of Downtown’s finest restaurants will offer special 3-course dining experiences for just $35. One dollar from every Dine Downtown meal is donated to social services and food literacy programs! This annual program started in 2005, serves more than 11,000 meals and generates $5 million of sales for downtown restaurants.

Not only do you get to eat at incredible restaurants for for a fraction of the price, but you are making a difference in a child’s life.  I am all about that! Ben and I haven’t decided which restaurant we will go to for Dine Downtown. They are all SO good!! For a full list of participating restaurants click here.  Hope all of my local friends can get out to participate!! It will be yummy and amazing!! Thanks always for stopping by the blog!

All Photos By: Ashley Baumgartner

  • Comments ( 37 )

  • avatar
    Ashley Stephenson

    This looks like such a neat place to eat at! The food looks delicious!

  • avatar
    MAria

    You are adorable! I love your hair and outfit!

    That dessert looks divine! If I am ever in sacramento I will absolutely check this place out!

  • avatar
    nicole

    I love a good pleated skirt! And those desserts look insane!!!

  • avatar
    Cathy

    I love Il Fornaio. I actually had my 8th grade grad party at THEIR Corte madera location. my kids love eating there, we usually go to the san jose location. i will have to check out this location, it looks beautiful! I love your outfit too, THAT skirt is so pretty!!

    XOXO
    Cathy

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    Oh my gosh, I am drooling over that dessert! It looks incredibly delicious… and I want some! It looks like great food and a wonderful time you had!

  • avatar
    Shelby Back

    this place sounds amazing & your outfit is adorable!

    xo!
    Shelby

  • avatar
    January Rizzo

    That food looks SO yummy!! & I’m loving those fuzzy heels!

  • avatar
    Danielle

    Restaurant week is always my fave! Those apps look absolutely amazing!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

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    mELANIE

    Ooooh, that tiramisu looks delish! <3

  • avatar
    Sam | Away She Went

    The food looks amazing! Chocolate cake + gelato = Heaven

  • avatar
    norah

    What a FABULOUS dning experience. i love the sound of this restaurant for dinner and lunch 🙂

  • avatar
    Kim

    Oh my gosh, this meal looks so yummy! I am drooling right now!

    xoxo,
    Kim

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    Laura Leigh

    oh my goodness everything looks and sounds so amazing! and YAY we are twins with our midi skirt. Love it!

    xo Laura Leigh
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    Jae (@gorjaeous)

    Ohh, love me some good Italian food! I’ve never been to Sacramento, but I’ll be sure to check this out when we’re in town!

  • avatar
    Carol Cassara

    It’s definitely a place that’s worth the visit! Especially with the kind of food that they have and the overall dining experience. I love going to places like this to enjoy good food with my husband!

  • avatar
    Gladys parker

    That is a definite win win in my book! The food you pictures has me craving clear over here in New York. If I lived closer I would be there for your downtown dining day! There was so much food and extra added flavor I think I am being envious!

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Looks fabulous and like a fun day with your friend! I’m drooling over dessert, and loving on your pretty pink skirt!

  • avatar
    Jessica

    This looKs like a wonderful eXperience at an amazing restaurant Ruthie!

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    I’m over here drooling – and craving a trip!

  • avatar
    megan

    this food looks delish && your skirt is gorg!!

    xo megan

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    Amanda Kruse

    You are making my hungry girl! I love your pink pleated skirt!

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • avatar
    Stephanie Whitman

    And suddenly my mouth is watering – thanks for that 😉 This restaurant sounds incredible and their dishes are speaking my language. Also loving the outfit you chose for the event!

  • avatar
    Lisa Rios

    This looks lovely! I must try this place for myself. Glad you had a wonderful time.

  • avatar
    lauren

    Love these photos – so pretty and those desserts look amaaaazing!

    Lauren
    http://www.anexplorersheart.com

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    Steph

    This sounds and looks amazing! I love learning about new places to eat.

    XO,
    STEPH
    @TRENDYININDY || TRENDYININDY.COM

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    jessica

    This place looks so chic! And the food looks amazing!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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    Briana Anderson

    Okay, YUM! These places look so good! Now I’m craving some pizza and dessert….
    X, B || http://WWW.BRIANAANDERSON.COM

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    Debbie Savage

    This restaurant looks so delicious and what a fun experience! The dishes look so good and the venue is beautiful! looking so good to — i love the pleated skirt!

  • avatar
    Penny

    I like a good G&T, but marinara for the win at any respectable italian place. It looks fabulous!

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    jANE dAVIDSON | tYPICALLY jANE

    Omg shut up that food looks soooo good! Yum yum yum! And, your skirt is too daNG CUTE!

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    stephanie

    Oh wow, everything looks divine! What a fun thing to do!

  • avatar
    Julie

    Looks like a wonderful meal! Love the desserts, they look delish!!

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    Angelle Marix

    Loving your entire outfit!! And, hello, this food Looks dIvine!!!! Cant wait to visit you one day ❤️❤️

    Xo,
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    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

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