Where in our area can you find quality Italian cuisine that includes lasagna? There are many Italian eateries, and depending on the needs of your taste buds, many different styles to explore. To find a great lasagna though, check the list below. The best plan is to enjoy a meal at all of them, spread over a bit of time. You’ll need to work off the calories before continuing on to the next lasagna adventure.
Papa Gianni’s
3450 Palmer Drive, Suite 1
Cameron Park, CA 95682
(530) 672-2333
www.papagiannis.net

Papa Gianni’s is Southern Italian cooking at its homemade best. The recipes here are old world, actually handed down through the family. For over 20 years, Papa’s has been delighting diners in the foothills. Lasagna with homemade Italian sausage will bring a smile to your face. The menu is loaded with authentic Italian dishes, and the staff welcomes you like family. Loosen your belt, take your time and savor the flavor of Italy at this delightful foothills ristorante.

Biba
2801 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 455-2422
www.biba-restaurant.com

Quite clearly, Biba is a true Sacramento legend. It is more of an experience than a simple meal. Biba Caggiano is the woman behind the legend. Her recipes are authentic regional expressions of Italian cooking and cuisine. Her menu is designed to “…excite the senses.” On top of that, you’ll be made to feel at home, and could easily think that you have somehow ended up in Italy. If your luck is good, you just may meet Biba as she takes a stroll through the dining area, making certain that you are pleased with what you ordered. The lasagna is superb.

Visconti’s Ristorante
2700 East Bidwell St.
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 983-5181
www.viscontisristorante.com

Visconti’s is a real family-owned Italian Ristorante. The Visconti family strives to serve you just as they do their own family. Generations of recipes showcasing the cuisine of Southern Italy will make your dining decision just a bit more involved. It is impossible to just choose one dish off the menu. You’ll have to take the time to read it, then decide what your taste buds are yearning for. Questions? Ask one of the family members who know all there is to know about the dishes here. You’ll be back just because there’s something else on the menu that you know you have to experience.

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Cafe Vinoteca
3535 Fair Oaks Boulevard #C
Sacramento, CA 95864
(916) 487-1331
www.cafevinoteca.com

Launched in 1994, Cafe Vinoteca is a vibrant neighborhood restaurant. Focusing on seasonal and locally available ingredients, the daily specials are mouthwatering bits of Italian goodness. From the salads to the lasagna, guests will enjoy the old world charm and the friendly neighborhood ambiance. Friendly staff, wonderful food and attention to detail will keep you coming back to this special little bit of Italy time after time.

Mama Ann’s
4359 Town Center Drive, #108
El Dorado Hills, CA 95672
(916) 939-1700
www.mamaanns.com

Wander around the Town Center development in El Dorado Hills and you might get the idea that you are in Italy. Go into Mama Ann’s and you will surely think so. Mama Ann’s recipes are “Time honored, secret recipes homemade from the heart.” Mama Ann really is the inspiration for this fine spot in the Town Center. All things Italian are here. When you finish your lasagna, perhaps some gelato will find its way to you, completing a memorable meal. A favorite among many, locals and out-of-town visitors alike, this is another version of Italian cuisine that will entice you to return often.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 41 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.