Description and review of OBO’ Italian Table & Bar, located on the corner of Folsom Boulevard and Seville Way in East Sacramento.
OBO’ Italian Table & Bar, the newest of the Selland family of restaurants, opened in mid-June. Other Selland restaurants include: the Kitchen, Ella Dining Room and Bar and Selland’s Market-Café.
Like many Sacramento residents I had been looking forward to the opening of the new East Sacramento restaurant. I had high expectations, and was not disappointed.
First of all, OBO’ Italian Table & Bar features seasonal, rustic Italian-inspired cooking. The menu has something for everyone including those who are gluten-sensitive and vegetarian. Salads, wood oven fired pizza, hot and cold sandwiches, hand-made pastas and house-made desserts are among the offerings.
The interior of OBO’ Italian Table & Bar is light and airy with tables both large and small. The outside patio area wraps around the front and side of the building. As my first visit to OBO’ took place on a day when the temperature registered triple-digits it was no wonder that no one was seated outside. I look forward to sitting outside on the patio on a future visit.
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Look over the cases of prepared salads, entrees and desserts – and the blackboard listing other available menu items – then place and pay for your order. If it is not an item that can be served to you immediately you will be given a number to display and your order will be delivered to your table.
Help yourself to some ice water, which is conveniently placed in pitchers on tables separating the order/pay area from the dining area. You can find other items you may need there as well (utensils, napkins, etc.). You can choose small, medium and large portion servings of both the hot sides and cold salads which is a nice option.
The Romaine Heart salad topped with gorgonzola, green onion, and creamy lemon parmesan dressing was very refreshing on a very hot day. My dining companion, who is a mac & cheese aficionado, declared the Macaroni Bianca (made with fontina, provolone and parmesan cheeses) to be “creamy and delish”.
Another option available is take-out. I observed quite a few people going the take-out route during my first visit.
OBO’ Italian Table & Bar has a full bar. The bar, which hugs part of one wall, is small with limited seating. As it fitting, the wine is Italian. Be forewarned – the wine-by-the-glass pour is 5 ounces which, quite frankly, appears miserly given the size of the glass. Next time I plan to order a cocktail instead. The bottled beer is from Italy and Germany, but the draft craft beers are local (Sacramento, Auburn, Roseville, West Sacramento).
There is a small parking lot behind OBO’ Italian Table and Bar and parking directly across the street on Seville Way (there is signage). OBO’ will share this parking lot with Kru when it relocates from Midtown Sacramento in the near future.
To sum up, as you may have guessed by now, OBO’ Italian Table & Bar is a casual, come as you are kind of place. Reservations are not accepted.
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